5 Easy Bullet Journal Spreads For Beginners!

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So, you've brought your first bullet journal. You open it up to the blank first page but ... you have no idea where to start. I promise its completely natural to feel this way. But don't worry, I've got you - below are 5 easy bullet journal spreads for total beginners!

Simple Calendar 

This page is probably the simplest bullet journal spread you can get. The only supplies needed for this one is a ruler and pen and maybe a coloured pen if you’d like to add colour. All you need to do is draw one horizontal line and one vertical line which overlap in the left corner. Then just use the calendar on your phone to work out how many days/weeks are in the month. The 7 days of the week go across the top line and then you just fill in the dates accordingly! This is a simple but effective way to have a monthly calendar to hand when planning. 

Gratitude Log/One Line A Day 

Gratitude logs are one of my favourite pages. They are simple to make but are very effective for increasing positivity and gratitude (hence the name). To make a gratitude log or ‘one line a day’ you only need one blank page. Start by drawing a box which is 30 dots down and 20 dots across. Then, all you need to do is add a vertical line down the middle and add horizontal lines every 2 dots. You can add the dates of the months or leave them blank. You may find you have more boxes than days of the month, but I just fill these in with doodles or black pen. 


Doodle Page

A doodle page is basically a chance to let your creative juices flow. You don’t have to be an artist to be able to draw something great in your bullet journal. There are so many tutorials online about how to draw simple doodles! I like to use Pinterest or Google images to get inspiration on what to draw. 
 
Emily's cute doodle page! Doodle pages let your creative juices flow

Quote Page 

Similar to a doodle page, a quote page is a chance for you to be creative. I love making quote pages when I am feeling a little down or uninspired, but you can make them whenever! I usually find quotes that I like online and then choose a font to do the quote in. A top tip for writing in different fonts is to type out what you’d like to say one word and then copy it. Adding doodles around the quote is optional but its something I enjoy doing! Again, you can find tutorials for doodles on Pinterest and YouTube! 

Simple Habit Tracker

Bullet journal trackers are so useful, and I wouldn’t have a monthly spread without including at least one. My favourite trackers include habit trackers. There are many different ways you can create a habit tracker but here is probably the most simple. The easiest habit tracker to do is just a rectangular grid with a box for each day of the month. These boxes can be filled in each time you complete the habit. 

I hope you find some inspiration for your bullet journal in this post! Remember, it’s YOUR bullet journal so make it your own!

This lovely guest post was written by the amazing Em from Planning with Em! Her blog is filled with amazing productivity and organisational tips, tricks and there's even more bullet journalling guides to read through! If you liked this post, make sure you go and give Em some love on her social! Have you ever tried bullet journaling? What is your favourite spread idea!? 


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28 comments

  1. Super useful post! I used to do bullet journalling quite often when I was younger. I was absolutely in love with it and my pinterest was flooding with ideas! Although I'm not journaling anymore, I still love to look at pretty designs!
    https://writingoverloadtime.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/skincare-routine-that-works-for-me/

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    1. I think some people are so amazingly creative and I too love looking at what they come up with! Thanks for reading :)

      Em x

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  2. Loved this and I'm going to use your ideas for my journal if you don't mind - I'm an extremely new beginner to this whole bullet journalling thing!

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    1. That's brilliant! I too am very new to all of this. I have been using a journal for about a month now so I too am still learning the ropes :)

      Em x

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  3. These are some great ideas. I love the idea of having a quote page so I'm definitely going to add that to mine. Thank you for the inspiration.

    www.thekellydianereport.co.uk

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    1. It is very cute having quotes, they're a great motivational tool! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  4. This post is full of some great ideas! I used to have a bullet journey but I gave up with it as I never knew what to write in it, maybe I'll try again!

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    1. Definitely give it another go! These ideas are so easy to do plus they're fun ;). Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  5. I have shared a simple June spread in my bullet journal. I was asked to do a simple spread for newbies to follow! These are some great ideas too. Thank you for sharing!

    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. I did see your June spread. I loved how you used the cute fonts as titles. I wish I could curl my writing like you!

      Em x

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  6. Great spread ideas! I usually always go for a calendar or to-do list when I have to fill up space :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  7. Love these tips! I've been wanting to start a bullet journal for a while now but didn't know where to begin!

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  8. These are fab tips! I'd love to start a bullet journal but not being very arty, it's always put me off! I'd be a bit overwhelmed at where to start! x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  9. I have a BuJo but I don't tend to use it for much more than blog planning because I am not at all artistic, haha. These look like quite easy to follow ideas so I'll have to have another look - thank you for sharing, great guest post! Lisa x

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  10. Wow this is fate that I stumbled upon this blog post today! I've been struggling for bullet journal inspo for so long, thank you so much for sharing!
    I love you blog design too, by the way! I've connected with you on insta :)
    Blog of Sunshine <3

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  11. Thanks for the ideas! I have been doing the habit tracker and gratitude journalling. I like the idea of a quote page!

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  12. I'd like to begin with it!!

    https://julesonthemoon.com/

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  13. I like the idea of a gratitude page. Thanks for the tips.

    www.susanberkkoch.com/blog

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  14. I love everything about journal Ideas. I used to do a lot of journal writing in my school and college. I still do it as I love to decorate and write my notes goals everything. Loved your idea of the quote page. Thanks.

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  15. I've been meaning to get into bullet journaling so this is great! I love the idea of doing a habit tracker and a gratitude list.

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    1. They are great ideas and so simple to do! I love looking through pinterest for ideas :)

      Em x

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  16. Haven't written in my journal in a long time but those are some good ideas!!

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  17. I love my journal but I am so far from creative or artistic so I tend to keep it simple. These are great suggestions for beginners (Or long timers like me with no clue!)

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    1. I too am not creative. I like to keep things simple and add things like colour and tapes in to make it look a little better! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  18. I've been meaning to get back into bullet journalling for a while now but just haven't gotten around to it.

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  19. Okay don’t hate me, I had to google bullet journals 😬 I never heard of it. I totally understand now and if I had even decent handwriting I'd use one. I love the list though great ideas!

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  20. Love your post. Been in a creative slump for a bit.

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  21. Em, this is a great post! I used to have a bullet journal and I really enjoyed working on it. It was like a therapy for me, lol. The habit tracker was my only salvation when it came to drinking enough water, eating good food, working out, and reading a few pages every day. <3 Also, the doodle and quotes pages give you a great scope for creativity! I've never actually had a gratitude page, but now when I completely changed my mindset I know how much I've been missing! :) I'll probably go to the bookstore tomorrow and I'll buy the cutest journal because I really want to start doing this again. Thank you sharing this and reminding me how cool it is to own a bullet journal. <3

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