Bullet journals (or bujo for short) are perfect for getting the thoughts that are in your head organized in a single notebook. The beauty of bullet journaling is the flexibility and customization to make the system work for you.
Sometimes though, it can be easy to lose track of where everything is and you may end up feeling like your journal is a bit more disorderly than you’d like. Don’t fret, here are some functional bullet journal tips that will take your bujo productivity to the next level. Enjoy these bullet journal hacks with an amazing bullet journal cheatsheet at the end!
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Or with a calendar. (via @fontsandfigures)
2. Thread your pages.
Sometimes your thoughts/lists/ideas don’t fit in the allotted space on the page, but the next consecutive page has already been used. In this scenario, flip to the next available page to continue. Whether it’s 10 pages or 100 pages away, you’ll know exactly where to find where you continued if you put the page number at the bottom. (via Page Flutter)
Tip: don’t forget to thread the new page with where you left off at as well! Easier than having to flip all the way to the index again to see where you first started off a certain collection.
3. Color code your page edges.
Here’s an excellent bullet journal hack for the index page. Keep track of grouped categories, say pages all pertaining to a certain month, with this little color coding trick. Use zebra midliners or stickers on the designated section of the side of the page. Not only will it be super easy to reference, it looks ultra pretty (and that’s what you’re going for, right?). (via Boho Berry)
4. Make these super easy and cute corner bookmarks to mark your most-used pages.
With some origami paper and super simple folding, you can make your own corner bookmarks because sometimes you want to keep track of more pages than the one or two bookmarks your notebook comes with. The range of colors makes it easy to color code your pages too. (via Productive and Pretty)
5. Do this clever trick for a makeshift pen holder.
Umm, you kind of need a pen if you want to use a bullet journal. You can cross the bookmark band across your notebook as demonstrated in the short video and keep your pen by your notebook’s side. (via Bullet Journal)
Alternatively, you can use this neat pen and cell phone holder to keep these two items with your bullet journal.
6. Use post it notes for the easy transfer of ideas
My favorite bullet journal tip. Great for a visual learner like me, who likes to move things around physically for my planning. Putting it on post its rather than on the pages themselves will allow you to do that easily. Perfect if you use your bullet journal for meal planning. (via Sublime Reflection)
6.5. Keep a stash of post-its without the bulk.
Keep a stash handy by cross them over like at the back of your notebook. So easy to pull out for those simple notes while you’re on the go before you officially put them in your journal. (via Little Coffee Fox)
Also, how uberly useful are these stickies?
7. Use washi take for practical purposes.
Washi tape sure is pretty, but they’re ultra useful too! Try these bullet journal washi tape ideas to hack your bujo. (via Mommy Over Work)
8. Make your own pocket at the back of your book.
Little knick knacks or keepsakes you might want to include in your bujo for later, like ticket stubs, can be stored in a DIY pocket at the back of your notebook.
Watch this handy video (which has subtitles) to show you how to DIY one. (via Guidecentral English)
9. Keep a columns and grids reference chart in your bujo.
Instead of having to count your dots every single time you create a new spread, use this reference guide. Works perfectly for the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. And won’t be a problem to keep handy after you follow the tip above
10. Create a Dutch door spread.
Say you need multiple pages for your weekly spread but you don’t want to have to do the header over and over again. Use this technique, where you cut away part of your inner pages for a specific section so you have the heading in tact, but extra space to use for that collection. It’s so much easier than it looks, trust me! (via Christina 77 Star)
11. Use free printables.
Premade bullet journal templates are definitely the way to go if you’re short on time, don’t feel you have a knack for design, or just plain want to focus on writing in your bullet journal rather than mapping out the layouts. (via Mommy Over Work)
Get your bullet journal cheat sheet!
Want endless inspiration for your bullet journal? Then download my free bullet journal cheat sheet pdf. You’ll receive:
- A visual guide on the set up of basic bullet journal pages.
- Links to hundreds of example spreads for over 100 bullet journal ideas.
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There you have it! These bullet journal tips are indeed the best bullet journal hacks out there to make your bujo journey so much easier. Happy journaling!