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4 Styles Of Bullet Journaling Explained

I posted this photo on Instagram of how I practice bullet journaling. Since then I have had quite a few people reach out to me to get additional information on what is, how I got started and just how effective it is with balancing the many hats that I wear.

Over the next few weeks I will be giving you all a closer look at how I use bullet journaling and simple ways to incorporate it within your daily practices.

First things first, 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. You can use these styles as a starting point. And feel free to mix and match to come up with a system that works for you.

4 Styles of Bullet Journaling

4 Styles of Bullet Journaling

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.

A photo posted by Michelle (@divawithapurpose) on

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. You don’t have to go hunt down random scraps of paper because everything is collected in your journal.

The Creative Outlet And Memory Keeper

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

The Personal Improvement Tool

A bullet journal is also a great way to keep track of goals. A great tool to ensure 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.

A photo posted by Michelle (@divawithapurpose) on

How you use your bullet journal is up to you. Personally, I use a combination of all 4 throughout my journal. I encourage you to use the list above to inspire you to come up with your very own style of bullet journaling. Remember, your life should be easier, more enjoyable and inspired while implementing this tool. Make it work for you.

A notebook and pen. That is all you need to get started. Promise. I know many people just love to use special products for their journals.  You can find a list of products to get you started here (affiliate link).

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Kendall Patton

Monday 15th of August 2016

I've recently started trying my hand at some bullet journaling an so far it's working. I was using an entire page for one day, but this week I'm going to see about a half page for each day of the week and go from there. In it, I like the few pages I have where I'm practicing some handlettering, because I really like that as a quick and pretty thing to do as well! :)


Sunday 14th of August 2016

Thanks for these great helpful tips. I'm thinking about starting a bullet journal now that school is starting up again. It might help me be a bit more organized with everything that's going on at the start of a new year.

Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

Pamela Morse

Sunday 14th of August 2016

This is an extra kick to journal in a new way. I have been wanting to start one again, but i like the way this incorporates mind mapping, etc.

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

Sunday 14th of August 2016

I'm really starting to love bullet journaling for my blog. I still need a planner for family life because there are so many appointments but the bujo is perfect for my blog at this stage. Thanks for sharing your favorite tools and different kinds of bullet journals, I'm definitely a functional planner who wishes I could have an artsy and creative planner. Pinned to our Linkup board.


Saturday 13th of August 2016

Awesome list! I use the To-Do list style bullet journal for work. I have yet to incorporate it in my personal system as I'm more digital driven for that.

Tanya Patrice

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