Honestly, I don’t like using the word “hack” for this type of post, but I couldn’t think of another word to use! I have some bullet journal hacks for you to “get more” out of your bullet journal. These are also some easy ways to change up your planning style in your journal, as well as try some new ways to plan your life. These are especially useful for me as a homebound person. I work from home and am my own boss, so I need to keep track of myself. Currently, I use all of these bullet journal hacks except for one! Maybe in June I’ll end up using the fifth hack, since I miss using it.
Without further rambling, here are 5 bullet journal hacks to mix up your planning and get more out of your bujo system.
Dutch Door Layout
A Dutch door layout may seem intimidating at first, since you have to cut your pages to make it. But once you have it planned out, you’ll have more space for daily layouts and still be able to see information from previous pages! I used the Dutch door layout in October of 2016, and it really helped me keep track of my personal projects and my final university semester. I’ll be doing a tutorial next month on how to make a Dutch door layout yourself!
Monthly Review Module
This is one of my favourite bullet journal hacks. At the end of the month, usually after a weekly layout, I include a space for me to review the previous month and pre-plan the next month. I assess what goals I want to work on for the next month, and what I need to change up for the goals I didn’t complete in the previous month. This space also gives me the chance to plan out the spreads and designs I want to use for the next month. Use this space to mindfully plan and review how your bullet journal and life are working together!
Monthly Goal Layout
I recently started adding a spread to list out my goals for the month, including all the individual tasks for completing the goal. While I’m still new to it, I’ve really enjoyed having the space to expand on goals without pinning them to a certain week or day. But the monthly goal layout that I use also has a space for me to assign goals and tasks to certain weeks! I have a bad habit of setting too many goals for the month. A layout each month to outline my goals is an easy way to see if I’m putting too much on my plate.
Daily Time Trackers
Working from home means I need to keep track of my time unlike people who have jobs they travel to and clock into. A daily time tracker (or time codex, to use some fancy jargon) keeps me mindful of how I spend my hours. My mental health also benefits from doing this! I lose track of time very quickly and easily—I don’t have much of an internal clock—so I like having reminders of time passing. A daily time tracker lets me check in throughout the day as I complete my to do list.
Non-BuJo Planning Options
I saved the best for last. My all-time favourite bullet journal hacks are the ways that I don’t use my bullet journal. Variety is so important in my life. There are also some planner features that do better when they’re displayed prominently, or take up more space than is available in my Leuchtturm. Currently, I have a daily habit and routine tracker on my mirror that I check off and track with a dry erase marker. I also have a tracker for my eating disorder that I keep on my bulletin board, since I benefit from the constant exposer. It also doesn’t fit in my bullet journal—tracking my binges is a longterm habit and act of mindfulness that I need to see displayed over the months and years. If there’s something you’re trying to include in your bullet journal, and it’s just not working, but you want to include it in your planning? Try using it on its own or in a different medium! Phone reminders, boards on your walls, or a whole other book may be the right direction.
These bullet journal hacks are very different from the original purpose of a bullet journal. They’re unique ways for you to personalise your bullet journal, while also varying your planning style. They’re methods I can swear by—they’ve been effective for me throughout my bullet journal experience over the last 2 years. Do you have any “hacks” that you use for your bullet journal or planner?