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8 things to write in your Bullet journal if you’re new to Journaling

This post is about bullet journal ideas

Did you know that one of the best ways to improve yourself is through journaling?

Journaling has been around for centuries, but it’s experiencing a well-deserved surge in popularity. Most likely due to an increase in the readiness of many people who want to look after their mental health.

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Journaling can significantly improve your mental fitness, emotional well-being, and even physical health. A recent study looking at 68 studies on journaling interventions found that journaling resulted in an average 5% reduction in mental health scores, with a greater benefit for anxiety (9%) and PTSD (6%).

Another study published in the National Institutes of Health database explored online positive affect journaling for patients with elevated anxiety symptoms. The results showed promise for journaling as a way to improve mental well-being in those with medical conditions.

These are just a couple of examples, and research on journaling continues to grow.

If you’ve been thinking of journaling or if you are already into it and need some inspiration, this post is here to support you by giving you ideas on the things you can write about.


Unlike the traditional journals with lines, bullet journals have evenly spaced dots to guide your entries. They are highly customisable and an outlet for creativity.

The major benefit is that you design the journal to fit your needs. Want a habit tracker? Go for it! Feeling creative? Add some doodles!

By organizing your thoughts visually, you can stay on top of your goals and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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Another beauty of bullet journaling is its simplicity. All you need is a notebook and a pen. The fun part comes in customizing your layout with colors, highlighters, and even stickers! There’s no right or wrong way – it’s really about what works for you.

With that said, here are 9 ideas for your bullet journal including visual spreads to inspire you.


1. Your to-do list

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Let’s be honest, to-do lists can pile up fast. But journaling can help you prioritize and conquer your day. Start by listing everything swirling in your head – errands, work tasks, personal projects.  Then, categorize them based on urgency and importance. This not only clears your mind but also creates a clear roadmap for productivity.

2. Track Your feelings and habits

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Sometimes, just acknowledging our emotions can be incredibly helpful. Use your journal as a safe space to express your feelings, be it frustration, joy, or anything in between.  Don’t worry about grammar or spelling – just let your emotions flow freely. You might be surprised by what comes out.

3. Events that happen to you

Our lives are filled with moments, big and small. Capture them in your journal! Jot down the day’s events, conversations that resonated with you, or even funny anecdotes.  Over time, your journal becomes a personalized record of your life’s journey.

4. Your goals and inspirations

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We all have dreams and aspirations.  Use your journal to visualize them!  Write down your goals, both short-term and long-term. Describe them vividly – what does achieving them look and feel like?  Creating a vision board within your journal can also add a fun, visual element to your dreams.

5. Use it as a gratitude log

Taking time to appreciate the good things in life can significantly boost your mood. Dedicate a section of your journal to a gratitude log.  Every day, list down a few things you’re grateful for, big or small.  It could be the warmth of the sun, a supportive friend, or a delicious cup of coffee!

6. Write down your Bucket List

Do you dream of skydiving in New Zealand or learning a new language? Create a bucket list in your journal!  Write down adventures you want to embark on, places you want to visit, and experiences you crave.  Remember, it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

7. Log your Sleep

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Feeling tired but don’t know why? A sleep log can be a valuable tool. Dedicate a page or spread in your journal to track your sleep patterns. Note down the time you go to bed, wake up, and any disturbances during the night. Over time, you can identify factors affecting your sleep and make adjustments for a more restful slumber.

8. Log your dreams

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Dreams can be fascinating and sometimes puzzling. Keep a dream log in your journal to record your dreams upon waking. Write down as much detail as you can remember, including emotions, sights, and sounds.  There are many resources available to help you interpret your dreams, and journaling your dreams can be a great starting point for self-discovery.

Bonus: Self-Care Bingo!

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Taking care of yourself is essential!  Create a self-care bingo board in your journal. Fill the squares with activities that promote your well-being, like taking a long bath, reading a book, spending time in nature, or meditating.  Throughout the week, focus on completing these self-care tasks and mark them off your bingo board.  Filling the entire board is a fun way to celebrate prioritizing yourself!

So, there you have it!  9 ways to use your bullet journal. Remember, your journal is your personal space, so let your creativity run wild!  Happy journaling!

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