Something many people struggle with when putting their bullet journal together is knowing what page layout and design to use. You might find that your journal is a little boring or you can’t quite organize the layouts in a way you like.
Don’t let that stop you as finding the right layout and design can take a bit of tweaking. Here are some simple tips for page layouts and designs you can use.
Try Different Calendar Layouts
When designing the layouts for your schedule and calendar part of the bullet journal, try different options. Don’t restrict yourself to one style or layout, but use whatever works best for you. There are many ways to layout your year, month and daily logs plus you many not want to use all of these.
Perhaps your journal has so many sections, you really only have room for a monthly calendar. That is totally fine if it works for you. And maybe that is the only calendar you really need.
But others might find it helpful to use daily layouts and weekly layouts as well. These are great as they provide more space for writing and tracking tasks. But in the end, it is up to whatever you want and what your needs are.
Try a Time-Based Daily Layout
Another good idea for your layouts is to use a time-based daily layout. This is for when you are tracking things like your moods and feelings, or what tasks you are completing on any given day.
If you work from home, it is very helpful for tracking time. Use it to figure out what hours you spend working, and what hours are spent on other things. For the day, split it up into hour increments to make logging easier.
Another great reason for time-based layouts is if you have a lot of appointments or meetings to keep track of. These are easier to log and track with a time layout.
Be As Creative (or Un-Creative) As You Want
Remember that everything you read about bullet journals is nothing more than a guideline. There are no hard and fast rules here. You can be as creative as you want, so don’t feel pressured to have the most unique or the prettiest pages.
Not everyone wants lots of colors, drawings and artistry in their journal. Many prefer to keep it functional, practical and less colorful.
You are also not forced to use layouts you find elsewhere, but to create your own as you see fit. That is one of the great things about having a bullet journal – they are very flexible.
Create Some Free Form Pages
It is also a good idea to include some pages in the bullet journal with no layout whatsoever. These are similar to traditional journal pages. Use them for jotting down notes in any manner you want.
These free form pages have no guidelines or set boxes you need to stick to. Just start writing, doodling, and making notes about whatever you need to remember at a later date.
If you are getting stuck on layouts, start looking at other bullet journals for inspiration. You will find a lot of great ideas that inspire you to create custom layouts for your own bullet journal.
It is likely the design and layout of your journal will continue to evolve and change over time. Have fun experimenting and don’t worry…there are no rules.