Here are some tips and tricks to upgrade your journal (and your life).
If you want a skills refresh, check out our guide to starting a bullet journaling!
1. Set aside a "weekly log" for tasks that you haven't assigned to a particular day yet.
2. Try breaking up your days into time periods: morning, afternoon, evening. This will make actually completing the task much more manageable.
3. Use washi tape to separate your events, your goals, and your daily tasks.
4. On your year-at-a-glance page, mark notable events, like vacation days or birthdays, with different colors and shapes.
5. Set up a grid with dates on the x-axis and habits on the y-axis.
6. If you want to focus on tracking just one goal, you can set up a page for the whole year.
7. Here's a good way to track a recurring, non-daily goal.
8. Keep track of things you're saving for with a financial spread.
9. Turn your reading and movie wishlists into actionable to-dos.
10. The Moleskine softcover dotted notebook ($16) is the notebook of choice for most bullet journalists.
11. These beautiful Sakura of America pens will add some color to your daily entries ($17 for 6).
12. This mini calendar stamp ($5) makes it easy to plan for the week ahead.
13. The same store also sells a stamp that can help you track daily habits ($5).
14. This cute day of the week washi tape ($7) saves you some time while crafting your weekly log.
15. This mini ruler ($4) will help you make the straightest lines and is small enough to be stored in your folio.
16. This planner stencil ($10) is an easy way to make consistent layouts.
17. These downloadable stickers ($5) are even easier.
18. These clips ($10 for 5) will make sure you never lose your place.
19. These gold wire clips ($12.50) will help keep your journal open while you're writing.
20. But if you need something more structured (and lined) opt for Moleskine's folio professional notebook ($23).
I use this notebook and LOVE IT. The pages are already numbered, and it includes an index/table of contents, plus some pages for long-term project planning. Each page is divvied up into three sections, which you can interpret however you like.
I use the top section for my agenda (meetings, events, etc.), the main section for my day's to-dos, and the skinny section in the margins for personal tasks.