A bullet journal spread is 2 pages of your journal designed to make a cohesive layout. Bullet journal spreads are some of my favorite things to design when starting out a new bullet journal, so today I’m going to share 10 must-have bujo spreads you absolutely need in the front of your bullet journal.
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Bullet Journal (noun): the perfect mix between a daily reflection journal and a highly organized planner that you get to design exactly how you want.
I’d like to assume every single one of us goes through that phase where we think about (or attempt at) starting a daily journal. We write a couple days and then take a break. Before we know it, weeks have gone by and we haven’t written a single thing.
So much for that.
I personally tried a journal more times than I could count. And it never stuck. But then in January of 2019, I discovered bullet journalling. Bullet journalling was everything I needed in one. I got to journal daily, but there wasn’t a ton of pressure on filling the notebook up with that! I got to create a calendar, to-do lists, and weekly spreads to help organize my life!
And as someone who has THE WORST memory ever, this was HUGE!
Fast forward to October of 2020 and I’m finishing up my 4th bullet journal! I average 2 bullet journals per year, split up in 6 month increments!
In December, I will start designing my 5th bullet journal which I will begin using January 1, 2021. So, I figured I’d share some of my favorite must-have beginning spreads for your bullet journal!
BULLET JOURNAL SPREADS
01 | the title page
Your title page typically changes for every bullet journal you have. What I’ve decided to do is to choose a focus word for each bullet journal (per 6 months) that I will work to achieve in all areas of my life. For example, for my latest bullet journal, my focus word was “flourish” because I wanted to thrive in many areas of my life these next 6 months.
02 | future log
A future log is another must-have. It allows you to put plans on your calendar that are more than a month out. They can be up to 11 months out and you’ll have easy access to seeing those plans! I like to keep my layout simple, but include every single day so that if I need to add anything, things will always stay in the order they occur.
03 | goals & wishlist
I have found it’s very important to include goals for the year in the front of your bullet journal. That way, every time you open up your bullet journal, you have a reminder of all you need to work to accomplish.
The wishlist is also important, because throughout the months I find myself finding products that I wish I had and need to document so I don’t forget. This spread makes compiling birthday and Christmas gift lists extremely easy! Not to mention, it’s great to refer to if you’re about to buy something and need to look up the price!
04 | level-10 life
This bullet journal spread is probably one of my favorites. This goes more in depth than your goals page. I think of my goals page as achievements in general, while the Level-10 Life spread is designed with 100 goals in 10 areas of life that you need to achieve to become your happiest self. You come up with the goals yourself (10 for each category) and you can even alter the categories to fit your life. For example, if you don’t have a relationship, make that category into a different important area of your life!
This spread has really helped me put into perspective how I felt about my life and what sort of changes I could make to improve it. And having the spread always there, with the bars you need to fill up as you go… It motivates you to actually work to achieve those every day.
05 | schedules
I’m someone who does not like having to ask over and over again when my friends, family, or partner is free. So this bullet journal spread is to document my own schedule, as well as provide a couple of other people’s schedules. That way if I’m free one day, I can save the time and refer to my bullet journal to check to see who else may be free to make plans!
06 | bucketlist
I know I said all of these are must-have spreads, but this certainly applies for the Bucketlist. Every has one (everyone needs to have one) and it’s a great way to track how much you accomplish every so often.
When I transfer my bucketlist over to a new journal, I rewrite even the ones I’ve completed, and I make a note on the spread saying how many I had completed when the bujo began. This number will be compared with the number I write on the spread when the bullet journal is complete. This way, I’ll know exactly how many (and which bullet points) I completed in the span of time that bullet journal covered!
07 | weight loss, measuring, miles covered
If you’re interested in fitness, weight loss/gain, or becoming more active, I encourage you to add this spread to the front of your bullet journal! It’s pretty self explanatory, but here I document my weight loss, take monthly measurements (this is important to track when strength training), and also track how many miles I cover doing different activities.
08 | blog post ideas and stats
This spread is specifically for me as a blogger. I haven’t used it much at all because of some blog complications in past months, BUT I plan to put it in my next bullet journal and use it every day. This spread is for keeping track of blog post ideas that pop into my head, and also setting goals for my blog then tracking how my blog actually performs.
09 | blog post queue
Another blogging bullet journal spread, this one plans out my content and when each post will be published on the blog. Like I said earlier, due to blog complications, life getting busy, and Covid-19, I hadn’t been able to use this spread like I planned. However, I also plan to move this over to my new bullet journal and use it next year!
10 | savings
I have found that when I have a savings spread, I tend to save more money during the 6 months of whichever bullet journal I am currently working on. With my bullet journal, you can see that I’ve saved some money that I wouldn’t have otherwise saved if not for the spread. This is a great idea for when you want to buy something in the future, but you need to save up slowly in order to afford it.
This spread keeps you accountable for your savings, and also, the closer you get to filling up your savings spread, the more excited and accomplished you feel! It’s a win-win.
TIME TO START THAT 2021 BULLET JOURNAL
Now that I’ve given you all my favorite beginning spreads for bullet journaling, it’s time to get crackin’ on that next bullet journal of yours! If you don’t yet have a bullet journal or bullet journaling materials, be sure to check out my post about the essential materials needed for bujo success!
Do you have a bullet journal? If so, how long have you been at it and what # bullet journal are you currently on? Do you have any other spread ideas? I’d love to see them! Let’s talk in the comments 🙂