Stunning Bullet Journal Hacks To Brighten Your Day!

One of the things I love most about bullet journaling is discovering amazing new bullet journal hacks to keep my bujo looking amazing and working efficiently.

Which is why I’ve created this list of 15 awesome bullet journal hacks just for you!

Some are just for fun creativity and gorgeousness, some will save you precious time, and many will help you to plan and create more efficiently.

Without further ado, here’s my round-up of the most useful, creative and beautiful bullet journal hacks I’ve found… happy bullet journaling!

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Bullet Journal Hacks, No.1 – Use a PoooliPrinter!

What’s a PoooliPrinter I hear you ask!

Well, in my humble opinion it’s something that enables some amazing time saving bullet journal hacks!

The PoooliPrinter is simply a cute little pocket printer that prints out photos, images and lists in seconds (discount code included below!).

So it’s a neat little find if you want to add a unique touch to your bullet journal, and do it as quickly as possible.

For example, above you can see a ‘memories’ spread that I created, and below is a shot of my October monthly title page spread.

Both of these took less than ten minutes to create.

Bullet journal monthly title page for PoooliPrinter review

A lot of the time you might want to site down for some theraputic bullet journal creativity time, but a PoooliPrinter is a great bullet journal hack for when time is of the essence!

You can use my affiliate link here and the code TARA15 for a lovely 15% off and free delivery!

And if you want to read more about it and how you can use it for lists etc too, check out my full review.

Bullet Journal Hacks, No.2 – Go Dutch

Dutch doors are a great bullet journal hack to give you more space on your weekly spreads.

They’re incredibly simple to create, you just cut a page in half and use that in between the two main pages of your weekly spread.

You can see how I’ve used a dutch door in my own bullet journal below.

The dutch door creates extra space on the weekly spread for trackers (fruit and veg, and sleep), goals, and an area for notes and a shopping list.

Bullet Journal Hacks Dutch Door
Bullet Journal Hacks Dutch Door 2
Dutch Door 3

By the way, if you’re not familiar with trackers yet, they’re just a way to monitor your daily goals/habits.

On this example I have a tracker for fruit and veg, on which I highlight (or cross off) a number every time I eat a portion, aiming for four a day (that may not seem very ambitious, but it’s a start!).

Then there’s one for sleep, where the hours from 9pm – 7am are written out for each day, and I highlight the hours slept.

As you can see, I particularly like using trackers to try to get healthy – and I have a whole other post on that here!

No.3 – Create Space For Personal Journaling

If you like to use your bullet journal for traditional journaling as well as for planning, create space to write about your feelings and reflect on what’s going on in your life.

The example below shows how you can incorporate a journaling page into your weekly spread, and has the added bonus of keeping the content of the journal page private if you’re using your weekly spread when others are around.

Just add an extra page in the middle of your weekly spread, fold it in half length ways, and fold it closed when you’ve finished your writing.

You can then use the space on the other side for whatever you want – maybe weekly trackers and goals, or just notes.

Bullet Journal Hacks Personal Journal Page

Bullet Journal Hacks, No.4 – Keep Motivated With An Annual Tracker

If you’ve resolved to keep a consistent habit over a long period of time (it can be a year, but it doesn’t have to be), then set out a tracker with all your months and dates on one page, like the one below by modernmissjournaling on Instagram.

Then you can cross out the day whenever you succeed with your habit.

So for example, a simple goal might be to drink eight glasses of water a day. Well, every day that you manage to do that, you make a cross over that day.

This is a great motivator because when you see all your success mounting up, you’ll be motivated to keep going!

Bullet Journal Annual Tracker
Image from modernmissjournaling on Instagram

No.5 – Track Your Achievements

This hack can really help to keep you motivated with long term goals!

It’s a little different to the last method, in that it’s more suited to cumulative goals that can be broken down into stages.

Take a look at the example below, which shows my goal of achieving a law degree.

There’s a simple box for each term, and when the term is complete, I fill the box in and color it.

Bullet Journal Goal Tracker

This really helps to remind me how far I’ve come, and it’s great when you see yourself getting closer and closer to your goal.

This method could work really well for fitness goals. Say your goal is to run 5k, then you could make boxes in half kilometer increments every time you manage to run a little further, up to the full distance.

If you’re trying to save $1000, then draw up boxes to represent each $100. I love using this method, but have a slight word of caution too…

Personally I’d recommend it for goals where you’re unlikely to take a step back!

If you use it for something like losing weight, it could backfire as you’ll feel frustrated if you’ve coloured in one of your boxes but then put on a pound or two – totally not worth the stress!

No.6 – Use Washi Tape Creatively

Oh my goodness, I love washi tape. It has so many uses in bullet journaling and is a quick and easy way to create a unique look that’s customised just for you.

As well as making your bullet journal look pretty though, also use it to separate out different sections of pages – for example events, tasks, and goals, as shown here on jess_studies on Instagram.

Bullet Journal Hack with Washi Tape
Image from jess_studies on Instagram

My favourite place to shop for washi tape is Amazon, as you can get your hands on an amazing selection at good prices.

No.7 – A Flip-Out Key

I first saw this idea on Buzzfeed, and its a simple yet brilliant way to make it easy to keep track of your categories or remember your signifiers (check out my beginner’s post on bullet journal spreads if you’re not sure what signifiers are yet!).

The easiest way to create the flip-out is to use a cut out of decent quality paper and stick it in using washi tape or paper glue.

Bullet Journal Flip Out Key
Image from boho.berry on Instagram
Bullet Journa Flip Out Key 2
Image from pageflutter.com

I love the two examples above from boho.berry on Instagram and pageflutter.com.

Bullet Journal Hacks, No.8 – Use Mildliners to Colour Code

Zebra mildliners can be a very useful addition to your bullet journal supply kit.

Not only can you use them to bring colour to your spreads and collections, you can also use them to colour code the pages in your bullet journal like Shelby at littlecoffeefox.com in the image below.

You can see how she’s coloured a small square on the edge of her pages (right up to the edge so you can see it easily) to represent different categories.

You can also go a step further and use colour on your index to match.

On the example here, pink represents monthly spreads and yellow represents notes. Genius!

Zebra Mildliners
Bullet Journal Colour Index
Images from littlecoffeefox.com

No. 9 – Use ‘Days of The Week’ Washi Tape

Writng out the days of the week over and over again for weekly spreads and habit trackers can be time-consuming, especially if you like your journal to look pretty and artistic.

If you’re often in a rush, invest in some genius ‘days of the week’ washi tape! This way you can just stick it on and quickly create corresponding columns etc.

There are several variations on Amazon, so have a look round to see what’s going to suit you best (just remember to check on delivery times, as quite a few are from international sellers).

Days of the Week Washi Tape

And you can also use a PoooliPrinter for the same kind of thing (see hack number 1).

Bullet Journal Hacks, No. 10 – Make Use Of Stamps

Stamps can also be a fantastic time-saver, or you can just use them to make your bullet journal look beautiful.

This pretty stamp by American Crafts is a nice sturdy option for date stamping.

Days Of Week Stamp

No.11 – Page Cut-Outs

If you have pages or collections that you refer to on a regular basis (if you need some ideas check out my huge list here), try making a little triangular cut at the bottom of the page so that you can flip to your destination quickly without having to check your index.

Ann Le on lifeannstyle.com uses this method to mark out the different sections in her bullet journal, which works brilliantly.

Page Cut Outs
Image from lifeannstyle.com

No. 12 – Create a Simple Envelope Pocket

Grab yourself a regular old envelope (or indeed a gorgeously stylish envelope if you prefer), and tape it to an inside cover of your bullet journal, using your favourite washi tape.

Now you have a simple pocket to store all your bits and bobs like tickets, magazine cuttings and coupons.

Bullet Journal Hacks, No. 13 – Create a Quick Pen Holder

An easy-peasy one, but extremely useful!

If you’re using a standard Leuchtturm journal (which I recommend) or something similar, just wrap the elastic band strap around the bottom left corner, and you’ve got an instant pen holder! I found this one on the original bullet journal YouTube channel.

Image from ‘bullet journal’ on YouTube

No. 14 – Use Washi Tape (again!) For Special Pages

If you have a special page that you know you’ll want to access again and again, create a tab on the bottom corner with washi tape, so you can find it really easily.

You can see in this example how Ann Le on lifeannstyle.com has used this method to mark out pages she’s created for makeup and nail colour references.

Bullet Journal Washi Tape Markers
Image from lifeannstyle.com

If you need to get some great ideas for collections, you can check out my post on amazing bullet journal collection ideas!

 

No. 15 – Use Wire Clips to Hold Your Journal Open

It can be extremely annoying when your journal keeps closing on you when you’re trying to write in it.

Invest in some simple wire clips to hold your bullet journal open at the page you’re working on – simples! I love this rose gold set, which also comes with pretty paper clips which can be used as page markers. (Update – this set has currently sold out on Amazon, I’ve replaced the link with something very similar!)

Rose Gold Paperclips

And that, I think, just about covers it!

I love these bullet journal hacks for making my bullet journaling antics more beautiful and effective – I hope you do too!

If you want to stock up your bullet journal supplies in general, you might want to check out some of my favourites here. Let me know what you thought of these bullet journal hacks, have you tried any, or have some tips of your own to share? Laters!

PS! You might also be interested in my huge list of bullet journal collection ideas, and favorite weekly spreads.

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4 Comments

  1. April 10, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Love this ideas! I’m new to bullet journaling and never seem to be able to stay on top of it! Thank you!

    • Tara
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      You’re very welcome Susan, I hope they help!

  2. December 19, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Hi Tara,

    I only just found this website but am glad I did. I’ve been journaling daily for the last 5 years now, and seeing these pictures only inspires me more. I want to be as creative as possible, and journaling really is a fantastic way for me to showcase my creativity 🙂

    You have a new fan here. Looking forward to seeing more! Hugo

    https://www.trackinghappiness.com/

    • Tara
      Author
      December 20, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Hugo! 🙂

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