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Introduction to Bullet Journal Spreads For Beginners

Bullet Journal Spread

         When it comes to bullet journaling, one of the most important things you can have is knowledge of must-have bullet journal spreads. Before you can start making the perfect spreads, you must know what one is. We will dig deep into them so by the time you are reading this article you will be a pro.

What is a Bullet Journal Spread

        A bullet journal spread is a group of pages that are all about one related topic. They are usually around two pages, but depending on the amount of information you are tracking, they can be longer. Things like a daily log, or a fitness tracker are great examples of bullet journal spreads. When starting your journal the hardest part is filling out that first page, and choosing the right spread format to start out with. Here at Bujo Center, we will go over the must-have bullet journal spreads to help you start your journey into bullet journaling. To make things easier for you, we also created a list of helpful bullet journal spread items to help you with your organization and creating your creative vision. Check out the list HERE.

4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Pick/Create A Spread

1. Where do I need to be more organized in my life?

2. What are my future goals?

3. What are habits I want to work on? Either making or breaking them.

4. Where do I need the most help in improving my life?

       Having answers to these questions will help you figure out exactly what information you need to keep track of, and what are the best spreads for you. Not every format is perfect for everyone, but that’s why bullet journaling is so amazing. You can customize your journal to fit your needs and personality. Once you find spreads that are perfect for you, it’s okay to change them later on if they stop being that perfect key organizer in your life. Experimentation here is key. Having the confidence to say something isn’t working for you is the biggest step you can take to changing how you live your day-to-day life. Now with that said, lets get into the best bullet journaling spreads for you!

Future Log Bullet Journal Spread

Future Journal Log Spread

         I recommend a future goal log to be placed right after a goal spread. It’s the perfect addition to any journal. It’s a great way to keep track of upcoming events and dates. Think of it as a year in review, or as a bullet journal spread for your entire year. This way you can never lose track of the important things that are coming up in your life. Log things like birthdays, school vacations and assignments, holidays, appointments, travel, and work meetings. Future log spreads can come in handy nearly all the time, and like everything else in a journal, you can customize it to fit your needs. Another tip is to use a color code system which will help you see all you want to accomplish at a glance to see what’s next. You can create a page dedicated to a month, so you can write down in detail exactly what is going on.

Goals Bullet Journal Spread

Bullet Journal Spreads For Goals

        I think, beyond an index, the best opening spread you can have is a bullet journal’s goals list. Setting goals is the best way to reach success. It gives you the motivation to achieve, and having your goals written down is one of the best motivators. Here you can not only write down your goals, you can keep track of your progress. Depending on what you need, you can create a vision board, just a list of goals, or even create a page for each goal so you can track every little bit of progress you make.

Calendar Spread Bullet Journaling

Monthly and Weekly Spreads

         Just like how a yearly spread functions, a monthly and weekly spread is the same, but on a much smaller scale. Here is where you can add your habit tracker, bill due dates, and your tasks list. Everything you need to help micromanage the day-to-day. You can even go a step further and create a Daily spread to help manage your tasks down to the day. These spreads are great places to add inspirational quotes to ensure you’re in the best head space to accomplish every goal you set for yourself.

Bullet Journal Tracker

A bullet journal tracker can really be used for anything. Finances, gym routines, and even your mood to help track mental health. A tracking spread can be an amazing tool to help you stay on top of your long-term goals. I love self-care trackers the most. After the craziness starting in 2020, it’s easy to let small daily habits slide. If you let the small things slide, it’s a matter of time before you let big things go by the wayside too. Creating trackers specifically meant for things like mental health and self-care, it helps you regain control of your life. Once you have control it becomes so much easier to accomplish goals. To help create a sense of mindfulness I even recommend creating a daily challenge tracker page to help let the creativity flow. If you create something a peaceful mindset will flourish.

We understand this all might seem daunting to start out, but really it’s easy. Take a deep breath, think about what really matters, and take care of yourself a little at a time. Before you know it, it will become just another part of your life, something you look forward towards doing while also making your life much easier and stress-free. You will be asking yourself….”Bullet journal spreads, where have you been all my life!”

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