The ultimate bullet journal spreads list for beginners

The ultimate bullet journal spreads list for beginners

Hey everyone! I’m Iridescence from light up the shining night stars teaming up with Just A Blank Space on a collab. We thought we’d share some tips for bullet journal beginners, or those who aspire to start one. Just A Blank Space has already posted on how to start a bullet journal on my blog, so I thought I’d follow it up with some organised info on the next big thing—spreads.

There’s a huge number of spreads, not even counting TYPES of each spread, that beginners would naturally feel overwhelmed. I know I did. Looking on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr is amazing for inspiration but you just don’t know what to go with in the end.

To make it a little simpler for you to choose, here is a list of spreads which you could start with, in my opinion.

The core spreads

These are the spreads you’ll find in almost every bullet journal because they make life simpler. They’re also the basics of planning.

Key

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It’s a simple list of the notations and symbols you will use in your bullet journal. Here, I’m using the traditional symbols recommended but you could use what you wish.

Yearly Calendar

Planning requires knowing dates. And those long-term plans need a yearly calendar. I find that is so much easier than whipping out your phone and looking at that calendar when planning.

Index

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All the important spreads, monthly sections etc logged in your index. When you have to look back, this will be your guide.

Future Log

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For logging plans months ahead. It’s very useful, especially when you tend to forget plans made a while back.

There is also an alternate version called the Calendex. Here is a video by Boho Berry explaining the method. I wouldn’t suggest it for first-time bullet journalers, though, as it could be tricky when you’re trying to get into a habit of planning.

Brain Dump

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Simply a list of tasks which don’t have a deadline. You could look at it when having a bit of free time on your hands and get a bit productive.

Monthly pages

These depend on you needs and wants. Some are optional, there are various ways of doing each. I suggest either researching a lot online as to what you want, or simply start with the basic spread and improvise as you go through the months. The latter might show better results.

Front page

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Totally optional, but preferred by many because not only is it aesthetic, you can also be a little bit creative every month while getting a clear divider as a bonus.

Monthly log/Traditional calendar

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There are two most popular ways of using this. This basically outlines your events for the month.

There is also another way of using the monthly log, which I had tried the first month of bullet journalling myself. It’s to write one line about every day after the day is over in the monthly log instead of future events. Wasn’t productive-friendly, though, so I ditched it quickly.

Trackers—mood, habits etc

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Simply to track things you want to track. As we go by our days, we don’t realise where we spend or time or what we do/didn’t do unless we mark it down. This helps in incorporating better habits and routines.

You could simply shade in or do a cross to mark it, or you could do patterns as shown above to make it more fun.

Gratitude page

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Several people do this, and once I started I realised why. I have started feeling much more content and happy with my life when I put down even the simplest things I’m grateful for on paper. Definitely recommend this.

Monthly Goals/Tasks

I don’t do this myself usually but if you have a lot of goals to be done in that month, I definitely recommend this. This could also be done as an extension of your yearly goals. Like breaking them down and doing a bit each month, if you can do it that way.

Aesthetic page

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This could be with quotes, pictures, cut-outs, word of the month etc. Basically a pretty page which sets the mood for the month.

Month in doodles

Basically a page full of doodles representing what happened that month. After important or defining events, you could come back and draw a small on the page to mark it. Later when looking back, it would be a pictorial representation of that month. It’ll also be fun to do, especially if you’re keen on drawing or learning to draw.

The regular spreads

These are the ones you’ll be making very frequently. They’re also the ones with the most freedom to improvise, adapt and decorate.

Weeklies

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Optional. If you like to log the week in advance on look at the week’s events in one glance, this is it. But if your life is as boring as mine and your weeklies remain mostly empty, you can forego it as well.

Dailies

Spread for every day. Highlighting tasks, notes, events, and ANYTHING else. Dump everything about your day here. One tip: add even minute tasks to your daily task list. It helps in remembering the small ones as well, and also gives the satisfaction of ticking more tasks off.

Here are a few types of dailies you could make, normal and simple, with or without time headers, vertical and horizontal time headers, doodles etc:

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Now, for the alternative spreads

Here are some spreads regarding to these topics that came to mind.

For bloggers, YouTubers, small business owners etc.

  • stats tracker
  • income tracker
  • ideas list/page
  • task list in priority
  • dates/schedules specific to it

School/College/University

  • assignment/reading list
  • deadlines
  • separate spreads for projects, essays, reports
  • quick notes on research topics
  • updates/check-up on your progress in subjects and future steps
  • class requirements
  • syllabus
  • exam dates
  • (basically anything)

Personal

  • Health/fitness trackers and goals
  • 100 days of productivity and such
  • mental health log/tracker (could also be incorporated in mood tracker)

Journal pages

  • weekly/monthly overviews
  • just normal journal pages with your thoughts

For moms

There are so many bullet journal accounts on instagram of moms handling their busy lives with a bullet journal. You could incorporate literally everything as different spreads. Make separate spreads/sections for your kids, too. It might help.

Other little things

  • Use tabs or dividers(for disc-bound journals) to permanent spreads and/or sections. They help in opening those pages quickly.
  • Another way is to simply section your notebook into different areas like “personal”,”work”,”travel” etc. The only problem is that there’ll be too many spreads to make and keep up with.
  • If you want to add some colour and decorate but don’t have time, stickers and washi tape are your saviours.
  • Don’t spend too much time planning what to do instead of actually doing it. 
  • Others’ systems/methods of bullet journalling might not necessarily work for you. Especially when you’re trying to replicate from inspirations online.
  • Keep it simple. A bullet journal is to make your life simple, not to add more clutter. If a filled bullet journal is best for you, great. Just make sure it’s simple for you.

Because of the amount of flexibility, a bullet journal provides for everything and it’s the perfect solution especially for those who feel constricted by regular planners. If you haven’t started bullet journalling, do give it a try.


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Do you bullet journal? If not, do you want to? Which spreads are/would be your most used ones? Do YOU have any tips for newbies? 

The 2016/2017 Tag

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Today is the day I am doing a tag again. Seriously I haven’t done one in ages. The tag I will be doing is the 2016/2017 tag which was created by #theguhwhosaidalwaysno (his name reminds me of one of my friends. His favourite word is no and he even writes it all over my paper quite a lot). I was nominated by the lovely Annie.

Now lets start:

The rules:

-Mention the creator of the TAG

-Use the image that you find in this article

-Answer the questions given

-Mention the blogger who nominated you

-Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog

The Questions:

Describe your 2016 in three words

creative, memorable and exhausting

Write the names of two people that have characterised your 2016

I can’t really think of any names, to be honest.

Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much

The Alps. I went hiking in the Alps with school for a week and it was so much fun. The landscapes and the sunsets up on the hill were beautiful. I’ve made some really good memories with my friends and I am proud for doing it, which made the Alps even more of a beautiful place.

Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016

That is a hard question because I LOVE FOOD. I basically eat all day but one is for sure. I did not taste the most delicious food during my vacation in Wales. I am sorry but I didn’t like the food we got there at all.

Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event)

I had to do an internship for school in February and I did it at a magazine. During that internship, I noticed how much I love writing and how much I miss blogging like I did during my exchange year so I went home and created this blog.

Write the finest purchase you made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.

I don’t think I purchased anything special in 2016. At least I can’t think of anything right now.

Write three good intentions for this 2017.

I want to apply for this program to go to Africa in 2018 and do voluntary work there. This is not really an intention but I want all of my friends to graduate with the grades they want and last I want to keep blogging and grow my blog.

Write one place you want to visit in 2017

There are so many places I want to visit but I know I won’t get to go to any of them in 2017. The place I want to go to the most is Utah because I want to go back and visit my host family

Write one plate/food you want to eat in 2017

I really want to try Thüringer Klöse.

I guess this is it for the questions here are my nominations:

  1. Elm
  2. L
  3. Sav
  4. Hideawaygirl
  5. Iridescence
  6. Kate

Those are only six but if you turn the six around you’ll get nine and I can’t think of any more people right now. If you want to do the tag and you are not one of those six feel free to be one of my three left nominations.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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Who I Would Love To Meet

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Tyler Joseph

I am a huge fan of twenty one pilots. I have been listening to them for over two years now and I can sing along to all of their songs. I just love everything about them. The name, the songs and the lyrics. Everything they do seems to have a deeper meaning which I absolutely love. All of their songs are written by the lead singer Tyler Joseph and I would love to meet him. He is a great writer and I wish I could write as good as him. He gives his words such deep meanings and they are a huge inspiration to me. I wish I could talk about this with him one day and I wish I could be a little bit like him.

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My Grandpa

When I was about a year old my grandpa from my dad’s side died. I have no memory of him but I still look up to him. After Word War II he was one of the first exchange students to go to the USA and although his parents told him that they wouldn’t accept him as their son anymore if he goes, he still left. He documented his experiences in a giant book filled with pictures, cards and documents. In this book, there is an article from a newspaper about him, in which he talks about his dreams and what he wants to do after school and he made every single one come true. I wish he would still be alive and could tell me about all his adventures himself.

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Other bloggers

There are a lot of blogs I have fallen in love with and great bloggers I talked to in the last year. I wish I could meet them all and talk about blogging with them. I have no one to talk about my blog with because I don’t any of my friends to know about it. Also, the thought of meeting my internet friends is amazing.


Who would you like to meet one day?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

The Blog Filled With Thoughts Awards

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2016 is almost over and I am close to hitting the first anniversary of this blog. I have accomplished quite a lot in these past months. I just hit 500 followers, have almost 10 000 all-time views and had almost 4 000 visitors on my blog. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that and of course I couldn’t have reached any of this without you guys. This is why I created the Blog Filled With Thoughts Awards, which purpose it is to thank all of you and hand over an imaginary award, that I made up, to some special bloggers around the blogosphere.

My first Follower

The first person to follow this blog was Elm and I couldn’t thank her more. I remember emailing her a couple of times asking her for advice because I had no clue what I was doing and she was generous enough to reply. She helped me and made me feel important because she was and still is one of my heroes. I was dying to read ever single word she wrote and I still am.

First person to comment

The first person to comment was also Elm. She also holds the record for most comments with 48 comments. She always knows what to say and she is always there to cheer me and everyone else up.

First like

The first person to like any of my posts was Em is lost and I remember freaking out about her liking my post because I never thought someone would find my little corner on the Internet. Last summer Em and I did a swap box which was so much fun.

First blogger to do a collaboration with me

The first blogger I collaborated with was Hideawaygirl. We both did a guest post on each other’s blogs and I had no idea what that was. Hideawaygirl was nice enough to explain the concept to me and to answer my questions which must have been really stupid.

First blogger I skyped with

I only skyped with a fellow blogger once and it was with Annoymousblog. We talked and did a voice recording together, which was a lot of fun. I am not sure what we talked about in the recording and I don’t dare to listen to it again because I am 100% sure it will be embarrassing.

Most comments

  1. Elm (48)
  2. Regina5000 from diversion3000.wordpress.com (34)
  3. Evie from lettersfromabrokenperson.wordpress.com (28)

Other Bloggers who definitely deserve to get an award for being who they are and for helping/dealing with me all the time

20161226_224735000_iOS.jpgThank you (or as we say in Germany: vielen Dank) guys for following, reading, commenting and all the wonderful things you do. I wouldn’t be here without you. I hope you will have a wonderful time in 2017 and all the other years to come.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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The Blogging Book 

About a month ago I did something called a swap box with Em and I absolutely loved it. I always wanted to do something similar again and this is why I thought of the blogging book. 

You are probably wondering what the blogging book is. Let me explain. The blogging book is a simple notebook. In this notebook everyone participating will fill in a page or two with anything they want to. When you are done you send it to the next person. 

I know that many of you are anonymous on WordPress and that no one wants to make their address public. This is why I would collect everyone’s addresses and only give it to the person that will send you the notebook, without teeling them your blogging name. Afterwards I will delet all the addresses. This way we might be able to do it.  I will also try to organize everything in a way that everyone sends the book the “shortest way” possible so sending it won’t be too expensive. 

Now I need to know if any of you are interested in doing this. Let me know in the comments, over email, my contact page, Twitter or Instagram so I can organize everything. You can always stay anonymous. 

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space 

Email: justablankspace@gmx.de

Twitter and Instagram: just_blankspace 

My Favorite Blogging Tools

I am really excited for today’s post because I finally get to participate in the Ultimate Blogging Challenge, which was created by the amazing Caitlin from A Little Daydreamer. Today’s (Day4) challenge is:

The topic for today is “recommendations”. Now for this, you can recommend 
anything from beauty products that you love, books you’ve enjoyed, 
music artists/songs that you’ve recently discovered, a place you’ve visited…  
You could even recommend another blog that you enjoy reading. 

As ever, the options are unlimited.:)

Now here is what I chose to recommend you:

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Canva

Canva is a website which lets you design our own designs. There are tutorials on how to do it and most of it is free. There are a lot of different fonts, pictures, cute illustrations, and you can upload your own images. I use Canva for all my featured images and it is so much fun to use it. I am obsessed with it

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a website to edit your pictures. The best part about it is, that it is free and easy to use.

Grammarly

The last tool I use for blogging is called Grammarly. It is free for most browsers and corrects spelling and grammar mistakes. I am still learning English and I want to have the least amount of language mistakes in my posts. Grammarly helps me with that. It corrects my posts, tweets and much more.


Are there any websites you use for blogging that you can recommend me? I would love to try them.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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Guest Post-The Brain of a Linguist

Hi there!

As you are reading this I am on the Alps, trying to survive those long daily hikes. I didn’t want to leave you without anything so here is a Guest Post by the beautiful Em.

100_8848.JPGI have the brain of a linguist.

When I was six, my mum bought me a French picture book which I read over and over and over again until it’s cover became loose and tattered.

I read my dad’s German dictionary cover-to-cover when I was nine, fascinated by the unusual words and the way they felt as they tumbled out of my mouth.

When I was eleven, I spent a fortnight in Austria where, by the end of the trip, I had compiled a lengthy list of German words and my rough translations.

I started learning French at school when I was twelve, childishly excited as I learnt and recited those first few precious words.

When I was fourteen I started a German online course which I still go back to every now and then for fun.

I went to Berlin when I was fourteen and got to experience the surreal feeling of being surrounded by a different language, being in ‘another world’ almost.

Somewhere along the way I learnt a bit of British Sign Language – the alphabet and the UK Scout promise to be more specific.

Now I’m sixteen and I like to listen to Dutch music, read French versions of Harry Potter and dream of future plans of travelling and become bi- or multi-lingual.

I have the brain of a linguist – do you?


Don’t forget to check out Em’s blog. Just click here and leave her a nice comment.