Different Styles Of Bullet Journaling Explained

There are lots of different styles of bullet journaling. In fact, it’s a very personal and personalizable way to journal, plan, and keep track of your busy life. Use these styles as a starting point and feel free to mix and match to come up with a system that works for you.

When I started bullet journaling I was completely overwhelmed. I am not artistic by nature and thought the bullet journal needed to be picture perfect. It wasn’t until I went to BulletJournal.com that I realized the beauty of the bullet journal was in the eye of the beholder.


bullet journal on a blue desk

The main task of the bullet journal is not to be pretty but to be a tool to help you plan your day and organize your tasks. Your journaling style does not matter. Be it messy or intricate you can create a journal that works for you.

Let’s dig into the different styles of bullet journaling so you can decide which type of journaling is right for you.


The Daily Planner and Organizer

One of the most popular uses for the bullet journal is as a daily planner and a way to organize your busy life. It will keep track of your appointments, tasks, and anything else that comes up. It’s the ultimate daily planner that can be customized to work for you, your work and personal life, and keep track of just about anything and everything for you. Color coding or adding different sections makes it easy to keep track of different aspects of your life.

Include Monthly Logs and a future log to be able to plan long term. You can also utilize your bullet journal as a task manager. Master to-do list anyone?

The Ultimate To-Do List

If you love making and working from daily to-do lists, you’ll love the bullet journal. It’s the ultimate to-do list system since each daily section is nothing more than a list. The same goes for collections which are nothing more than thematic lists that you use in addition to your daily to-do lists. Since everything is collected in the journal, you don’t have to go hunt down random scraps of paper.

This is one of my favorite parts about bullet journaling. Everything is kept in one central notebook that is indexed for easy reference. It really is the ultimate to-do list, keeping track of your daily tasks, recurring tasks, assigned tasks, and thematic lists.

Some may find that keeping their master list digital. This works well with the bullet journal. You can have

The Creative Outlet And Memory Keeper

If you’ve been thinking of keeping a traditional journal, art journal, or scrapbook, but you don’t want to commit to a dedicated book, consider using your bullet journal as a creative outlet to explore your artistic side. You can make it as simple or involved as you’d like and still use the journal to keep track of the things you need to get done as well.

Bullet Journal spreads are only limited by your imagination. For those who are more creative adding embellishments like washi tape will help bring your bullet journal to life. Bullet journalists can track all of their creative hobbies in a collection or spread.

The Personal Improvement Tool

A bullet journal is also a great way to keep track of goals and make sure you’re doing something every single day to help you move forward. Trackers help you track your progress and you can add monthly and daily reminders to help you create positive habits. Use trackers, mind maps, and dedicated lists for books you want to read, courses you want to take, or new things you want to try. The bullet journal makes a great personal improvement tool.

From Task lists, daily logs, and due date the bullet journal holds it all to keep you on track.

How you use your bullet journal is up to you. Use the list above to inspire you to come up with your very own style of bullet journaling. Remember, it is a tool that’s supposed to make your life easier, more enjoyable, and more inspired. Make it work for you. 

Let me know in the comments if you have started your bullet journal or are just beginning. I would love to know your favorite features of your bullet journal.

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