Planning + Productivity

101 Lists, Ideas, and Collections for Your Bullet Journal

Curious about the bullet journal, but not quite sure what to use it for? This list of bullet journal collection ideas offers plenty of inspiration to get started!
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I had been wanting to try bullet journaling for MONTHS, but I just haven't known where to start! Then I read this article with all the different options for bullet journal ideas and realized just how I could make my bullet journal support everything I do. All these bullet journal list ideas are giving me major inspo! #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalideas #bujo #bulletjournalcollectionideas

I’m currently on my third bullet journal {almost my fourth!}, and don’t see myself buying a pre-formatted planner ever again. It’s THAT amazing. You can take a peek inside mine if you want to see what I’m talking about!

While I’m quick to tell everyone I know all the benefits of switching to a bullet journal, the #1 question I’m asked is,

“What do you use it for?”

Well…everything! But that isn’t very helpful if you don’t know where to start.

That’s why I’ve rounded up a list of the most common {and not so common} ways you can use your bullet journal, including all sorts of lists, collections, trackers, and planning pages organized by category and area of your life.

Now when that shiny new journal of yours arrives in the mail, or it’s time to crack open your partially filled one again, you’ll have loads of different options to play with inside!

101 Bullet Journal Collection Ideas

Planning:


Holidays + Special Days:

  • Party Planning
  • Guest Lists
  • Birthdays + Anniversaries {shown below}
  • Gift Lists
  • Christmas Card List
  • Holiday Menus
  • Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Home + Family:

  • Passwords
  • Important Contacts
  • House Projects
  • Garden Plans
  • Cleaning Checklists
  • Car Maintenance Log
  • Home Maintenance Tracker
  • Medical Information
  • Measurements
  • Clothing Needs {shown below}
  • Things Kids Say

Food:

  • Grocery List
  • Meal Planning
  • Go-to Meal Ideas
  • Recipes to Try
  • Freezer Inventory
  • Pantry Inventory
  • Food Diary
  • Healthy Snack Options

Self-Care:

Finances:

  • Monthly Budget
  • Income Tracker
  • Expense Tracker
  • Savings Tracker
  • Bill Tracker
  • Items to Buy
  • No Spend Challenge
  • Coupons to Use
  • Online Orders (shown below)

Entertainment:

  • Reading Log
  • Books to Read
  • Book Notes + Quotes
  • Movies to See
  • TV Series Tracker (shown below)
  • TV Show Schedule
  • Playlists
  • Blogs to Follow
  • Doodle Ideas
  • Handwriting + Lettering Practice
  • Date Night Ideas
  • Skills to Learn


Travel:

  • Places to Visit
  • Travel Info
  • Itinerary
  • Packing Lists (shown below)
  • Day Trip Ideas

Business:

  • Tax Information
  • Current Projects (shown below)
  • Editorial Calendar
  • Blog Post Ideas
  • Stat Tracker
  • Mileage Log
  • Popular Hashtags
  • Meeting Notes


School:

  • Course Syllabus (shown below)
  • Class Schedule
  • Grade Tracker
  • Job Application Log
  • Lesson Plans


Misc:

  • Weather
  • Essential Oil Recipes
  • Makeup Expiration Dates
  • Nail Polish Colors
  • Pen Colors
  • Prayer Requests
  • Journaling Prompts
  • Memories (shown below)

Doesn’t this list excite you about ALL the possibilities of your own bullet journal? Now you understand why I said you can use it for just about anything!

Which also means it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options.

Pick one collection at a time, and see if it’s something you’d like to implement going forward. The beauty of the bullet journal is if something doesn’t work, you don’t have to continue to waste extra pages. You can easily experiment with another idea, or eliminate it altogether.

Pretty soon, you’ll come up with your own list of bullet journal collection ideas you can’t live without!

Psst, don’t forget to check out this list of the best bullet journal supplies!

What bullet journal ideas are you excited to try?

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12 Comments

    1. I’m working on a secret project that will be able to help you with that. 😉 Stay tuned!

  1. I am the same as the person above. I have just discovered bullet journals but don’t know how to get started or how to design one – it seems a bit daunting.

    1. Hi Eileen! I received a lot of comments like yours, which is why I wrote Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to an Organized Life. You can look it over here: http://brainbookguide.com/ Many people have told me bullet journaling was a lot less intimidating after reading it!

  2. My life was going crazy with all the lists I had lying around the house; then I heard about bullet journaling. Problem solved! In an A5 journal, I do a 2-page spread for each day, where I track all the things my doctors want to know about: sleep (when, how long), food (when, what), blood sugar readings, meds (when, which ones, how much), appointments, and a few very personal things I won’t describe 🙂 This still leaves me room for tracking weather, water intake, and my to-do list, plus space for journaling and however much artwork I have time for when I’m laying out the next day’s pages. I just leave the bujo sitting open on my dining room table (I live alone!) and keep my pen and markers next to it for making color-coded entries when I walk past. At first, my layouts were a bit disorganized and I didn’t do any artwork. Instead, I bought journals with designs printed on each page. But as I’ve done bujo for over a year now, things are more streamlined and I spend very little time maintaining the journal – a huge improvement over my pre-bujo days! Plus, my doctors appreciate how organized my info is and how easy it is to flip through each page, looking for the blue info or the red info (or whatever color is their list).

    1. Hi Lisa,

      What an amazing transformation! Thank you so much for sharing how your journal has simplified your life and kept everything more organized.

  3. Recently decided to change from the analog bullet journal style to my outlook account, where i can plan my day, add to my excel book for the month, add to my tracker book, Ive found it so much easier to be able to keep myself on task with pings 15 mins before getting ready to leave, I use BUJO ideas and apply whats necesary to my life in onedrive so i can add and delete without duplication unless necessary. its also a good idea with med trackers so i know when to order more, I use X for the days where meds havent been taken yet and O for when they have and if the X lands on a orange square it normally means i need to order more here before i run out, sorry for the rant but i would love to see some more info on digital diaries

    1. Hi Helen,

      That’s really awesome that you’re finding the system that is working for you. In the end, that is ALWAYS what it’s all about when it comes to planning.

      While I’ve considered jumping into digital planning, I stare at a screen so much of my day that I don’t think I want to leave the analog and add even more screen time – at least for now. That’s not to say I haven’t been tempted. 🙂

      I know BoHo berry has a whole section of her youtube channel dedicated to digital planning, you might want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeTUR5GAuQftixyVVrkSb1KiVjESwhCc7

  4. Hello! I’m a visual person in everything I do in life. If I can’t see it and hold it, I don’t get it. Based on that, I have a question. Would I be better off going with an 5 x 8 planner that I design myself or maybe an 8 x 11?? I keep an ongoing journal, weekly planner, to do lists, shopping lists for grocery lists, household stuff shopping list, meds, appointments, storage list, contacts, birthday and holiday lists, bucket list, and I’m sure there are a couple I’m forgetting right now. So, would I be better off going with a couplle 5 x 8 notebooks and design my own or go with at least one 8 x 11 notebook?? Thanks for any advice you can offer!!

    1. Hi Flo,

      I saw that you asked this question on another post as well so I’ll leave the same response here to make sure that you see it. 🙂

      Size really depends on which is more important to you between space on the page or portability of the planner. If you’re like me and want to carry your planner with you everywhere, then I would go with the smaller size. But if your planner has a “spot” that it stays, like a desk or countertop, then the larger size may make more sense.

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