The Bullet Journal: How to Plan Your Days

By Shaina Eldredge on September 11, 2017

Recently, a couple friends of mine initiated a Bullet Journal Club at my school, and of course, I joined. If at this point you still aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, I talk about the DIY planner system a few other times, but allow me to summarize: the bullet journal system is a DIY planner system wherein you bring an empty notebook to life with to-do lists, diary entries, doodles, brain dumps, anything that comes to your mind. It is a planning system tailored to your needs because you created it yourself.

Arguably the most integral part of the bullet journal (some would say the “main” part), is your daily. A daily in your bullet journal is a page or pages dedicated to specifying tasks and to-do lists for each day. Of course, as with any part of the bullet journal, everyone’s dailies look different.

Different people track different things: I personally keep my to-do list in a big box on one side of the designated day, and on the other side I track my water intake, my sleeping and waking times, and my high and low points of the day. My dailies take up two pages of my bullet journal, which makes some people call it a weekly, but I personally do not need to dedicate an entire page to one day like some people need to do.

Others, however, as I mentioned, use up one whole page for each day. Some like to do an hour by hour schedule, others like to track food intake. My friend tracks her habits in her dailies, which is laid out with all seven days on two pages like mine.

Like I said, the bullet journal system is tailored for you to organize how you need to. Maybe that means you need doodles instead of words, lines instead of boxes, two pages instead of one; all you “have” to do is stick to the original idea: “daily.”

So do whatever that word takes you to do. Interpret it the first way your brain says to. It isn’t a test — there is no wrong answer unless you decide you absolutely cannot plan with that layout any longer. Even if your layout is just lines separating the page and “TO DO 9/3″ is scrawled at the top of each section, if that is the best way for you to keep organized, then keep at it, friend.

The main part of this article is actually over; I just want to list below some things that you could put in your dailies if you feel as though you want to track other things than just what you have to do that day.


•Mental Attitude (happy, sad, stressed)

•”Quote of the Day”

•Outfit Planner

•Steps Counter

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