HOW TO SET UP YOUR BULLET JOURNAL: LAYOUTS

HOW TO SET UP YOUR BULLET JOURNAL: LAYOUTS

Get started with these simple planner layouts

You’ve decided to start bullet journaling + you have your chosen materials ready. What next? Here are some basic layouts to get you started.

Index
The index – contents page – is where I add page titles and numbers as I go along, for easy reference. I also add post-it note markers to key pages that I use regularly.

Key
Sounds fancy; just the signs you use to mark progress against tasks – I use some of the ‘standard’ key signs for that have been developed. I use very few, because I don’t need anything too complicated. On some planners I also use ‘L’, ‘M’, ‘H’ to mark progress from low to high priority of tasks.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR BULLET JOURNAL: LAYOUTS

Year planner
I use this primarily for birthdays. It’s been a very long time since I last wrote down birthdays + I’d become a little too reliant on Facebook for reminders.

Monthly planner
I set this up at the beginning of every month with key dates – birthdays, appointments, social events – circled. It helps me to get an overview + a sense of the lead in time I might need for various events.

Weekly planner
My weekly planner sets out my key dates, tasks + meal plan for the week.

  • Tasks: weekly to-do list and in-progress tasks
  • Food log: planning breakfasts, lunches + dinners. This helps me in two ways:
    • It helps me shop efficiently + quickly, only buying what I need for the week + keeping food bills down
    • It means I always have quick, nutritious meals to hand for my son + I. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is spend a long time figuring out what’s for dinner + preparing food. I want to cuddle with my son + learn about his day. Having meals already planned + the ingredients to hand helps me get to mother + son time more quickly.
  • Shopping list: based on the food log

Regular tasks
I keep track of regular weekly + monthly tasks with these two trackers, which are divided into my broad categories of: home, garden, beauty, errands. These trackers help me, for example, not let my houseplants die by forgetting to water them (it’s happened too many times…) + keep on top of the small, regular tasks that help keep everything running smoothly.

In my next post I’ll share one of my bespoke layouts for planning + organising a capsule wardrobe.

Do these layouts work for you? Let me know if you have any questions or layouts to share.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR BULLET JOURNAL: LAYOUTS

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