I’m obsessed with bullet journals. I love the idea of a planner that’s fully customizable and can work as a to-do list, gratitude journal and goal planner all in one. The problem is, everytime I’ve attempted to keep up with a BuJo, I’ve landed facedown in fail city.
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I have adult ADHD, and establishing a morning routine that includes reviewing the shit that I need to get done in the day is necessary for me to stay organized. Unfortunately, this is also the reason that I struggle so hard to actually get this done.
I find myself drawn to planners, and bullet journals are the most appealing because they can be tailored however the fuck you want or need them to be. That being said, everytime I’ve started one I’ve found that most layouts are too time consuming for me to realistically keep up with, or that predrawing some of the spreads limits what information I can put in.
For this reason, I abandoned bullet journaling and typical planners, and have created my own daily spread layout that I use to track the things that are important to me. The layout I use is SIMPLE, EASY, and doesn’t make my perfectionism spiral out of control if I miss a day (or a week).
The Simplest Daily Bullet Journal Spread
First off, it’s important to determine which things are important to you to track daily. For me I wanted to track goals, gratitude and general daily to-do’s, reminders and health tracking.
I started off with a lined journal. I got this one for cheap and it’s about 7.5 inches by 10 inches with a hard cover.
During my foray into bullet journaling I tried all these grid books and dotted grid journals to do a proper BuJo, but as I said before- these ended up being too much work. This basic journal has been the best option for me so far.
You’ll also need a ruler and some colored pens.
There is SO. MUCH. SHIT. you can buy to use for your bullet journal. For me, I just went with pens (I have pretty nice ones because I do a lot of drawing with ink pens) and I also use a circle stencil that my husband already had for the goal tracking.
As I said before, for me the most important things I wanted to track were:
- The date
- Daily Content (to do lists, reminders, etc.)
- Habit tracking
The reason I made this layout is because most bullet journal spreads separated all these things by page, whereas I wanted to have a “one stop shop” where I organized these each day.
I also noticed that most daily layouts don’t have enough room for whatever comes up as daily content. For this reason, most of my page is devoted to daily content which can be reminders, to do lists etc.
Draw a line down the middle of each page- this will separate the page into daily columns.
Draw a line across the top. This will be for the date. Date as you go so you don’t waste room.
Make a line about 6 line spaces down from the date line. This will separate your goals and gratitude rows. I try to be very specific about my goals, and find a few things to be grateful for, even if they seem insignificant.
Draw a line at the bottom of the page to make a habit row. Use circle stencil or make squares for the things you are tracking (mine are food, exercise, water intake and productivity and I “grade” my day on a color scale).
The large column is you daily to do list, reminders, events, and anything else notable you’d like to add (doodling, notes, cool shit that happened, etc.).
For the most part this can be as pretty or as basic as you want it to be. I wish mine was more “Pinterest-y” but honestly ain’t nobody got time for that shit. I just use colored pens and highlighters and call it a day.