Bullet Journal Basics

On this page I’m going to explain you the basics of the Bullet Journal. There are different spreads and pages that make it easy to organise your life.

Bullet Journal Basics


Example Key Page

The key is a list of symbols that you use in your Bullet Journal. It’s kind of cheatsheet for the meaning of all the symbols. In the beginning you will use it a lot, but as soon as you’ll know them it loses it’s purpose. I don’t even have a key in my Bullet Journal anymore, because I already know all the symbols I use.

Most Bullet Journalists use three bullets that help you organise your tasks: tasks, events and notes. This a key to understanding the basics of the Bullet Journal, pun intended.

Monthly spread

As the name suggests is this spread a monthly overview. All the events and appointments of a month are written down in the monthly spread.  It usually has two pages: a page for the calendar and a page for your tasks.

On this page you’ll find more information about my monthly spread and my usage.

Weekly spread

A weekly spread has one or two pages with all the days of the week. There are a lot of different layouts for this spread. That’s because you can add a lot to the weekly spread, for example:

  • Water tracker
  • Sleep tracker
  • Tasks list
  • Goals of the week
  • Notes

On this page you’ll find more information about my weekly spread and my usage.

Daily spread

The daily spread is, for me at least, the most important spread of the Bullet Journal. In a daily you write down all the tasks and appointments of that day. If you remember something you need to do during the day, you can add it to the already existing list of tasks. You don’t have to remember anything, because you’ve already written it down. This way you have a clear mind and you can focus on the things that matter.

You can choose to write down all the things you’ve done at the end of the day, like a diary. Of course this is optional and doesn’t add anything to the organisation bit of the Bullet Journal. It is however fun to do!

On this page you’ll find more information about my daily spread and my usage.

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