21 Bullet Journal Ideas for Beginners

Bullet Journal Ideas

Are you looking for Bullet Journal ideas for beginners?

15- minutes a day for bullet journal can make your day organized plus mindful. Promise! 

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”- Sharon Salzberg

It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed in the busyness of the world. Once engulfed in the chaos, it’s tempting to procrastinate and let go activities that  makes us calm. Last year, I started practicing mindfulness and I learned to align my emotions. I’ve found that mindfulness allowed me to be present throughout the day.

One challenge I faced was to practice it every day without fail. As Sharon Salzberg said it is not difficult to practice mindfulness, it’s just we need to remember to practice it everyday. Like most of the things, consistency is the key. 

As part of my early morning routine, I take few minutes to write down my To-Do lists and other lists to organize my day. Writing down my thoughts every day helps me to keep my priorities straight. It reminds me that organizing my day makes it less overwhelming and I can accommodate all the activities that boosts my wellbeing.

Despite looking extremely simple, I found that keeping diaries, journals, gratitude diary and finance trackers isn’t easy to manage.

Then, I found the Marie Kondo of journals- BuJo. 

It completely changed my life.

BuJo – Bullet Journal is a cult notebook-organization system that helps in organizing your internal and external life. The mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. 


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What is a Bullet Journal?

Bullet Journal is like a combination of planner, diary, and a journal- everything in one notebook. It is developed by designer Ryder Carroll. As the name suggests, bullets and syntax are the core of bullet journaling and note-taking. Entries are tagged with symbols like bullet points, dashes, less than and greater than sign.

Key Features of BuJo:

Index: Table of content that is updated time to time.

Daily Log: It’s like your To-do list plus other observations.

Monthly log: Activities you need to do that month and the carry forwards of last month.

Future Log: This will have year-at-a-glance, goals, tasks and other plans like travel or holiday plans.


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[REPOST] Alternative Daily Log: this Daily Log is split into 4 sections: Due, Calendar, Routines, and Log. . “Due” are tasks due today, migrated from elsewhere in the bullet journal. The purpose is to keep these high urgency tasks front and center so I don’t forget them. “Calendar” are tasks pulled from my calendar. This reminds me to check my calendar every day. “Routines” are the same 4 tasks I do daily. This reminds me to do my routine tasks throughout the day. “Log” is just the normal rapid logging capture. . I’ve been having a lot of trouble lately remembering urgent tasks, calendar tasks, and routine tasks. So I simply incorporated them into my Daily Log since it is easy for me to keep up with that. . #bulletjournal #bulletjournalist #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournaljunkie #bulletjournallove #bulletjournaladdicts #bulletjournaljunkies #bulletjournalinspiration #bulletjournalinspo #bulletjournalideas #bulletjournaladdict #bulletjournaling #bulletjournals #bulletjournal2020 #bulletjournaldailylog

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According to Ryder Carroll, this method of journaling will help you live more productive and meaningful life.”When I was young, I was diagnosed with ADD and there weren’t a lot of tools or resources available, so I had to design my own,” he explains. “Rather than keep notes like other people, I figured out how to organize and sort information the way that my mind works.”

What are the tools you need to get started?

You can use regular or branded bullet journals to start journaling and your pen. If you want to channelize you’re creativity then you can also use felt tip pens, stickers, and Washi tape. You can either take a minimalistic approach or you might use it as your creative outlet. It’s your very own creation. Do it the way you want to do it.


What is the best time to start a bullet journal?

Today is the best day to start journaling. You can even start journaling in the middle of the month.

21 Bullet Journal Ideas for Beginners

What are the various trackers that can be used in the journal?

I might sound a little patronizing but there are trackers that have completely changed my life.

Although trackers are not a part of the original BuJo, it has become an integral part in analyzing your mental, physical and emotional well-being. 

In the tracker, you right down things you want to focus on- like your mood, breathing exercises, habits, sleep log etc. Every day you log in your activity in this tracker. After a month, you can analyze the pattern and figure out the triggers due to which you failed to do the activity or what changes are required to make your life more focused.

Here are 21 bullet journal ideas to add to your journal for everyone:

1- Health Tracker

2- Mood Tracker

3- Meditation Tracker

4- Habit Tracker

5- Exercise Tracker

6- Spending Tracker

7- Savings Tracker

8- Sleep tracker

9- Water Intake Tracker

8- Bills Tracker

9- Period Tracker

10- Book Reading Log

11- TV Show Tracker

12- Gratitude Log

13- Brain Dump

14- Go to resources

15- Time block notes

16- Medical history

17-Journal Prompts

18-  Daily Affirmations 

19- Quotes to live by 

20- Skills to learn

21- Meal Planner


What are Bullet Journal styles and trends?

Bullet Journal is nothing but self-expression. You don’t have to be an artist to create your BuJo. You can use stencils, white spaces, colors, stickers, Washi tapes or stamps to create your very own theme. These are some of the themes that you can choose for bullet journal ideas mentioned above.

    1. Minimal: White space with occasional pop of colors. Clean and neat!
    2. Artistic: Beautiful artwork with lots of sketches and colors.
    3. Quirky: Cute fonts, doodles and vibrant colors.
    4. Crafty: Stickers, stamps, washi tapes, and other tools used for art and craft.


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Why use Bullet Journaling?

Bullet journaling is a perfect way to organize your wellbeing  – emotional, physical and mental. Journaling is considered to be a powerful tool to manage your mental health, anxiety and stress. It is fully customizable and you can start with just basic tools like a notebook, pen and colors. Use these bullet journal ideas to align your thoughts and emotions.

Remember consistency is the key!

I hope you liked the list of bullet journal ideas. 

Have you tried Bullet Journaling? What are your favorite BuJo spreads or pages?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Lots of love,



85 thoughts on “21 Bullet Journal Ideas for Beginners

  1. This is a very timely post as I have just bought a bullet journal. Thanks for these awesome ideas! I will definitely incorporate some.

  2. Oh wow. I need to start bullet journaling. I have so much to do in a day, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming. I feel like this would help me stay on track better.

  3. Journals or bullet journals really helps me a lot most especially during this time that we are facing a lot of crisis not only in our economy but also in a health crisis. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for the great ideas! I’ve always wanted to do a bullet journal but I wasn’t sure what on. The idea of writing things down in a journal would be great!

  5. Great tips! I’ve procastinated doing journalling for awhile because I felt like it would take too much of my day up but bullet journalling changes that. Quick and simple.

  6. Great tips! I’ve procastinated starting a journal for a while now because I thought it would be too time consuming but bullet journal would make it a lot easier, quick and simple. Thanks for sharing

  7. I love the look of bullet journals, and I gave it a go for a little while, but it just wasn’t for me – at least for how I was using it. In terms of emotions, I like to actively talk about my day and go into detail, not just check off a box. However, for paying bills and other tasks such as that, I think it could be very useful, so I might try and pick it up again in the future when I get a better routine after lockdown is over.

  8. Love the look and feel that you found on the PlansthatBlossom instagram. I guess I use a typical Daily planner as a sort of bullet journal for all my work, gym, and goals for the week. But I do like the idea of being able to add new categories like that one. Great ideas to that you brought up for beginner’s to use for their first bullet journal!

  9. I really need one of this in my life! I have a daily planner that keeps me productive but I’d love to see all the tracking at the end of the year. How I slept, what was my mood, on a statistic scale. Thanks to bringing this to my attention.

  10. I love these bullet journal ideas. I’d personally love a pre-designed bullet journal, it would save a ton of time.

  11. I always start a bullet journal but never finish it. I would love to have one. I am just not that creative when it comes to a bullet journal, but I want it pretty. LOL It’s my perfectionism coming out.

  12. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” – I love this quote, It’s so true! I do love bullet journals, when I’ve had lots of stuff going on I’ve found them to be such a good way to keep on top of everything I need to do and remember!

  13. I have been following a few different bullet journal accounts on Instagram and loving on it all SO much. However, I haven’t actually pulled the trigger and started doing it myself yet. I’m not sure what’s been holding me back… I love the idea of it and definitely want to get started lol Maybe this is the push in the right direction that I needed lol

    1. I know it’s overwhelming when you see perfect journals on social media. But try to make the way you like it to be…real and authentic.

  14. Bullet journal is the best reminder board for me as I can track things easily. I will incorporate ideas you’ve shared here. Thanks!

  15. Believe it or not, I am still one of those people who prefer writing and carrying a small notebook than using the phone. You have a great list of choices and I have enjoyed looking at them! – Knycx Journeying

  16. I used to do bullet journaling back in high school until college days. I don’t know why I stopped, but now blogging is my passion 🙂
    I used to add stickers in my journals 🙂

  17. This journaling blog is super helpful. I can speak for myself since I easily forget and lose track of everything. Thank you for sharing this blog. I am there is a lot here.

  18. I am a die-hard planner fan! And yes, I always write my to-do lists down to keep up with everything that I need to accomplish per day. I want a Bujo! No, I need one!

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