Interested in starting a bullet journal but not sure where to begin? I’ve compiled a list of brilliant bullet journal ideas to get you started. This post includes inspiration for layout designs, page ideas, doodles, and more. If you don’t have a bullet journal yet, you’ll be itching to get one after reading through these bullet journal ideas.
Bullet Journal Key Ideas
One of the first steps in setting up your bullet journal is establishing your key. The layouts below will give you some inspiration on what to include. You can list out the bullet types and what they mean, your color coding, your weather icons, and whatever other symbols you plan on using. This is a dynamic page that you can continue to add to refine as your bullet journal evolves.
Bullet Journal Doodle Inspiration: Headers, Banners, and More
What I love about bullet journals is that they contain all the information to keep your life organized, but present it in this incredibly visually appealing way. To help, here’s some inspiration on what type of doodles to include, how to depict your titles, dates, etc.
Boho Berry also just started these great “Doodle with Me” video series on her Instagram account. So, make sure you follow her for future videos like this one that teaches you how to draw weather icons and many other bullet journal ideas. (via @boho.berry)
Daily Layout Ideas for Your Bullet Journal
One of the staple layouts that you will literally be using on a daily basis are your agenda layouts for your day, month, and year. Here are some gorgeous layout ideas to not only organize your day, but also spark your creativity. I love how they show there are so many different directions you can take depending on what layout you respond to the most. Some are more linear, some are more organic and doodle-inspired.
Bullet Journal Page Ideas
Now you need to customize your bullet journal to you. Here are over 25 ideas for different bullet journal pages you can add. Then, there are some ideas on the layouts you can use below. Are there specific bullet journal ideas or page types where you need inspiration? Let us know.
Ever wanted to peak at an experienced bullet journaler’s journal? I did too, so I found one for you! Boho Berry is one of the most popular bullet journal bloggers, so I am so thrilled to have found this and wanted to share with you all. You can check out her YouTube channel for tons of other great ideas.
1. Meal Planning Ideas
This meal planning layout is brilliant because it is super functional and reusable. Using different post-its for different meal ideas, you can move them around. The key to successful planning is making sure you can remain flexible when life happens. Check out the link for detailed instruction & more meal planning bullet journal ideas. (via Sublime Reflection)
I love this idea that makes grocery shopping a breeze. Simply run through your master list and note anything you are out of anything. Add it to your grocery list and you are all set. (via @alexandra_plans)
2. Birthday Page Layout
I must admit, I rely much too heavily on Facebook reminding me of birthdays so when someone isn’t on Facebook…well, no bueno. This bullet journal layout is a great idea to quickly refer to what birthdays are coming up this month. You can set reminders in your phone and never forget them again. This layout idea is from the official Bullet Journal website. Make sure to check it out for a ton of other great resources.
3. TV Show Bullet Journal Ideas
While this one may seem a bit frivolous, it is actually really practical. It’s amazing how streaming has changed the way we watch TV. With more and more people not paying for cable (myself included), it becomes tougher to track where you are with the various TV shows you watch. You no longer have the DVR alerting you to when a new episode airs. (via @em_plans)
4. Ideas for Self-Care Layout
In the midst of our hectic lives, it is important to remember to take a second and focus on “me” time. Create a self-care page of your bullet journal with ideas on how to take care of yourself and recharge your battery when life can be draining. For endless inspiration, make sure you follow this Instagram account: (via @thebulletjournaladdict)
Similarly, you can create a page with your morning and night routines. (via The Bullet Journal Addict)
5. Cleaning Schedule Bullet Journal Ideas
If you’re like me, having a list that you can check off makes even the most mundane chores a little bit more exciting. Cleaning is a perfect example. Plus, you feel much more accomplished and productive when you are cleaning with purpose as you work your way through your checklist. You can cross each task off with a pencil and reuse this cleaning schedule page of your bullet journal week after week. (via @just.diy.it_nd)
6. House Projects Page Layout
I love this layout idea to visually depict the various house projects you want to work on. I have learned first hand from buying our first home this year, that it can be overwhelming to think about all the projects you want to work on. You want to get them all done now, but you have to learn and prioritize and budget for each. So, this is a great way to keep track of them and work through them one-by-one. (via @mebeleen)
7. Travel Ideas Layout
Traveling is one of the best uses of our money, but again, we can’t go everywhere we want in the world all at once. So, start a list of the places you want to go–your travel bucket list if you will. Then, start checking them off. (via Everything is Nerdiful)
#. Travel Tracker
It always amazes me how much of the United States I have yet to experience. A cross-country road trip to hit a number of the National Parks is still on my bucket list. I love this bullet journal layout idea to track which states you have visited by coloring each one in on the map as you go. (via The Krafty Owl)
8. Trip Planner
Once you are ready to plan a trip to one of your travel destinations, this is the layout for you. Part of the fun of the trip is enjoying the planning, right? Researching where you will go, what activities there are to do, etc. This is such a beautiful visual layout that you can look back on and be flooded with all the memories from your trip. (via @emschwartzrdn)
9. Packing List
Next step: packing. There can be a million things to remember when you pack for a trip, so writing them all out and checking them off can be a life saver. No more losing sleep when you wake up worrying if you remembered to pack your phone charger or juggling a dozen different post-it reminders you write to yourself. Simply add it to your bullet journal packing list for peace of mind. Plus, you can refer to this list the next time you travel and just make whatever needed modifications, making the whole process even easier. (via @emschwartzrdn)
10. Memories Log
While I do appreciate the convenience of keeping track of things on my phone and always having them at my fingertips, I do miss some of the nostalgia of having paper records of memories, which is why I love this idea. Each month, quickly doodle a handful of things that happened to you and you will have this amazing record to look back on for years to come. While pictures are great, there is something so appealing about having it summed up on a single page that you can flip through month after month and year after year. (via @boho.berry)
11. Spending Log
Even if you don’t do this month after month, I think this is a super helpful exercise just to go through and figure out where your money is going. While we think of the large, recurring expenses like rent or utilities, we tend to forget about all the little expenses that can add up. Understanding where you are spending is the first step to being more responsible with your money. (via @bobbis_bujo)
12. Bill Tracker
This is a brilliant idea to track your bills on a single page, especially for utilities, because you can easily see the trends if there was an unexplained spike. For instance, if your water bill is 3x higher one month than it usually is, you may have a leak in one of your pipes. When we put our bills on auto-pay we can forget to check the amounts and stay on top of them. This bill tracker for your bullet journal helps you do that. (via @brandi_journals)
13. Fitness Tracker
Next, on our list of bullet journal ideas, create a fitness tracker page. This will help you stay accountable and make you more likely to continue with your fitness routine. I especially like 30-day challenges because they have a clear goal that makes you feel accomplished when you reach it. I think it is important to have mini goals along the way to keep you engaged in your workouts. (via Erdal and Yuka)
14. Movies to Watch
Ever see a trailer and think to yourself that you really want to see it and then when you are trying to figure out what movie to watch later you just go blank? This bullet journal layout is the perfect solution. Keep track of the movies you want to watch so you will be all set for your next movie night. This layout idea comes all the way from Poland. Isn’t the internet amazing for sharing ideas around the world? (@bujoagnes)
15. Books to Read
Again, next time you read a magazine article about a book you want to read or your friend recommends one, you have a place to keep track of it. No more scribbling random post-its or notes in your phone that you never look at again. Then, when you finish a book, open up this page and reserve your next book from the library or download it on Audible. (via Bullet Journal)
16. Wish List & Gift Ideas
This is a classic dilemma. You have ideas throughout the year of gifts that would be perfect for your mom or sister and then when the holidays roll around, you can’t remember them! The holidays are stressful enough. Using this bullet journal idea will truly make a difference. Not only will your gifts be more thoughtful, but you can finish your holiday shopping in a fraction of the time. (via @that_journal)
I hope that one of these bullet journal ideas for page layouts resonated with you and. Looking for more inspiration? Make sure to check out some of the Instagram accounts and blogs linked above or check out our Bullet Journal Ideas Pinterest board.