What are all those dots for? I heard that from a customer so I decided that I’d give a few bullet journal ideas on how to use the dotted pages on our planners.
Bullet journals, or dot grid pages, are perfect for keeping your handwriting nice and neat, for drawing straight 90 degree lines and for doodling. They are so versatile. Just do an online search on the terms “bullet journal ideas” or “bujo ideas” for short and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
1) Goal Tracking
It’s always a great idea to create goals for the start of a new period in your life. That period could very well be the beginning of the year, the start of a new academic year, a birthday. In our planner we leave plenty of pages in the beginning for you to create and track your goals for the coming year. This article contains some great ideas.
2) Manage your To Do Lists
Dot grid pages make a perfect place to create a Master To Do list or running To Do lists. Maybe you create lists and organize them by topic. For example, a To Do List for Work, another for Home, another for School, another for Sports or for each of the Kids. You get the idea. Jot it down so you won’t forget.
3) Keep track of movies seen and your Netflix TV Series binge.
I love tracking these items and then reviewing them at the end of the year to see all I saw. If I’m real honest, I use this spread to remember what I watched so I don’t watch it again. But that’s just me.
4) Track expenses, sales or weight
If you are trying to track your spending, a dot grid layout is perfect for you. Why? Because it is customizable to you. You don’t need a gazilion categories. You only need the categories that are specific to your spending.
Trying to lose weight? How about creating a monthly spread where you can jot down your weight? Or draw an image of a body and write down your measurements. Here is a pretty spread for tracking weight loss. You can track so many health aspects though. In this article, you can see a ton of healthy ideas.
Trying to run a marathon? Jot down your plan on a page. Set goals. Write dates. And jot down accomplishments. Go run that marathon! I’ll be sitting on the couch rooting for you.
5) Get Creative with More Bullet Journal Ideas
There are some amazing drawings that people do on their dot grid journal. Draw out your favorite Bible verse or quote.
Speaking of Bible verse, why not use these pages for your Scripture reading, Sermon Notes, Bible Study?
Ever wanted to learn how to do calligraphy? These pages are perfect for that. They help keep the appropriate spacing between letters and lines. Here’s a link to some amazing videos on learning calligraphy. Love this girl1
6) Brain Dump
This one is one of my favorite ideas. I picked this one up from Pick Up Limes. Check out her video here. She has some great bullet journal ideas for the minimalist.
Have you ever had a bunch of ideas running through your head that interrupt what you are working on? No? Oh. Maybe it’s just me then. Yikes!
Anyway, I love having a place to just let go of all the thoughts in my head. I put them down on a page (I use one page per month), but this is your planner, do it how you prefer. Once it is written down, I don’t have to worry about forgetting it. Then, when I am ready to plan for my week, I review my brainstorm ideas and decide which ones can be addressed.
7) Books Read and Podcasts Heard
I love reading. I don’t really get to do it much now that I’m creating my own products, but boy how amazing it is to see the list of books and short stories I’ve read throughout the year.
Do you prefer podcasts? Well, you can track them as well. I’ve stumbled on podcasts that I really like and then notice they have a bunch of seasons and episodes. This is a great way to keep track of what you have listened to.
8) Travel Log
I love traveling. With this whole Coronavirus pandemic, that has been put on hold. We’ve been in quarantine since March 15th. So, not much traveling happening. But you can also track local tourism that you do or outings with your family. Get creative and decorate it.
Want more ideas? Search Pinterest for some amazing bujo layouts. People are so creative.
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