20+ Bullet Journal Spreads to Try This Year

One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is all the different spreads you can make. There’s literally no limit or end of possibilities. You can track everything and make lists for all the things! Sometimes I make mine nice and simple, and sometimes I’ll go all out with doodles, washi and decorations. Here are some of my favorite bullet journal spreads, plus so many more that I can’t wait to try!

These 20+ bullet journal spreads will get you started on an amazing year! Get organized and keep track of your self-care, weight-loss, and more!

20+ Bullet Journal Spreads to Try Right Now!

  • My Year in Pixels. This one is huge on social media right now. Make a graph with months across the top and dates (1-31, except for the months with fewer days) down the side. Then each day you color in the correct square according to your mood color key (example: orange = happy; green = neutral; blue =sad; etc.). For instance, today is January 18, and I’m feeling pretty happy. I’ll be coloring in the square for J-18 orange. This is just fun to see how you felt throughout the year, and it’s so helpful for tracking emotions for self-care, depression, and mental health.
  • Books I Read This Year. Keep track of how many and what books you’ve been reading.
  • Books to Read. I love this list when I finish a book and I’m not sure what to read next. It’s also handy to have when you see a book that looks interesting and you don’t want to forget it later.
  • Yearly Goals. Write down those goals and keep yourself motivated!
  • Fun Holidays. I love all those little holidays, and you wouldn’t want to miss National Drink Wine Day (February 18, just in case you’re curious). Instead of trying to squeeze them all in your future log or on your monthly calendar, just make a whole new page (or pages!).
  • Monthly Trackers. January is the first time I’m trying a monthly tracker. Some of the things I want to make sure I do each day (like practicing lettering and my gratitude), and other things I want to track just to see how often I actually do them. I’m also experimenting with a cleaning tracker to get me motivated to keep the house clean this month.

Monthly Tracker & Cleaning Tracker | These 20+ bullet journal spreads will get you started on an amazing year! Get organized and keep track of your self-care, weight-loss, and more!

  • When did I last… This is great for keeping track of those little things you don’t do very often and can’t remember the last time they got done. When did I last change the oil in the car? Change the air filters in the house?
  • Beat the Blues/Things that Make Me Happy. Having a crappy day? Make a list of all the things that make you smile and make you happy. It’s therapeutic to write it out, and it’s handy to look back on the next time you have a bad day.
  • Gratitude. I love this one! Every day I write down at least one thing I’m thankful for.
  • Favorite Quotes. This spread is perfect for practicing different fonts and hand-lettering skills! Make a list of your favorite quotes, and you can even give each list a theme: favorite movie quotes, favorite Harry Potter quotes, quote from FRIENDS, inspirational quotes, fitness quotes, etc.
  • Look on the Bright Side. I’ve also seen this one called “The Complaint Department.” Make a list with two columns. Write your complaint or gripe on the left side, then on the right side you record your silver lining. It’s a great way to keep negativity in check and stay positive.
  • Gift Ideas for Friends and Family. Throughout the year I try to pay attention when my husband says “Oooo, I love this [insert random thing here].” Then I make a note of it, and gift shopping is so much easier when his birthday or Christmas rolls around. It’s also a good idea to write down those ideas for everyone as you get them.
  • Makeup Inventory. Make a log of your cosmetics: note the brand, shade, when you purchased them, if you liked them, if you hated them (then you don’t buy the same thing over and over again when you forgot that it didn’t work for you). You could even add how much they cost. I have no idea how old some of my eyeshadows and mascaras are, so I know for sure it’s time to toss them and start this list!
  • Things to Improve. In addition to your annual goals, what would like to improve? Patience? Focus? Handwriting?
  • Weight-Loss Tracker. Did you make it a goal to lose some weight? Make sure you check out my Weight-Loss Tracker. It looks like a game board and I color in a square every time I lose a pound. So fun and motivational!
  • Movies to Watch. In my case it’s going to be “Movies my husband can’t believe I haven’t seen yet.” So basically all the movies.
  • Self Care Ideas. Make a list of little things you can do to take care of yourself. Need some inspiration? Check out these 8 Self-Care Ideas for Super-Stressed Out Moms.
  • Things my Kids Say. Because you never know what’s going to come out of their mouths next, and you just don’t want to forget when your son tells you, “I have hiccups in my butt.”
  • TV Season Finale/Premier Schedule. Even with a DVR you don’t want to miss those dates!
  • TV Show Tracker. Make a list of your favorite shows or a show that you’re currently binge-watching. One of my favorite bullet journal spreads right now is my Gilmore Girls tracker. I haven’t seen them all yet, so I’m going through and watching all the episodes from the beginning before I get to the new episodes.

Gilmore Girls Tracker | These 20+ bullet journal spreads will get you started on an amazing year! Get organized and keep track of your self-care, weight-loss, and more!

  • Yearly Bingo. Draw out a 5×5 grid, and in each square write down something you’d like to accomplish this year. Color in the squares as you get them done, and feel free to yell “BINGO!” when you get a line across! Then treat yourself.
  • Home Improvement/Project Wishlist. Keep track of all the little things you’d like to do around the house. Then you’ve got a list of ideas ready when you have room in the budget!

House Wishlist | These 20+ bullet journal spreads will get you started on an amazing year! Get organized and keep track of your self-care, weight-loss, and more!

  • Your Wishlist. I never know what to answer when my husbands asks me what I want for my birthday because my mind usually goes blank. Now when I think of something I add it to my wishlist, and next time he asks I’ll just show him the page.
  • Bullet Journal Spreads to Try. Yes, this list is absolutely in my bujo! Because sometimes I think of a spread that would be fun to make, but I don’t always have the time to make that spread right away.

So there you have it! More than 20 ideas for bullet journal spreads! I’m really excited about doing some of these this year! I think the Harry Potter quotes is at the top of my list, along with self-care ideas. The weight-loss tracker is one of my current favorites. I hope there’s something on this list that will add some fun to your bullet journal!

Which of these bullet journal spreads is your favorite? Tell me below in the comments!

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  1. Woot some awesome ideas for journaling inspiration but also blog posts too!
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  2. Thank you for the ideas. I just purchased a book to do bullet journaling in!

  3. I’m not sure if my first post went through. I just purchased a book for bullet journaling and this list gave me a ton of ideas! Thank you!

  4. I love the concept of bullet journaling and love the ideas you shared here. I have a journal that has built in sections and I love it

  5. These are so clever and practical, while still being gorgeous! I love it!

  6. These are so awesome, Samantha! I admire your determination to do bullet journaling! My writing is terrible, so I know I’d get frustrated haha. You have some awesome suggestions for them!

    • Thank you so much, Summer! Before I started bullet journaling it had been years since I wrote much by hand at any given time, and my handwriting was so rusty. But the more I do it, the more practiced I get, and the more comfortable I am with my handwriting. I never used to like it because it’s not super fancy and pretty, but it’s mine, so I kinda like it now. 🙂

  7. I love this post, particularly the gift ideas, this is definitely going in my journal. I’m doing a bullet journal for the first time this year and love it.

  8. Helpful suggestions! thank you.

  9. This is a great list. I haven’t had luck with bullet journaling in the past, but I’m excited to give it a try again! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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  10. I love bullet journaling…as someone who still uses an agenda, I took to bullet journaling like a duck to water!

  11. I wish I was creative enough to do bullet journalling – it looks gorgeous all the things you can do! I passed it on to my sister who is much more creative and into drawing/doodling, etc. I do love your Gilmore Girls spread though – I would totally do that if I had a journal! 🙂

    • I love it because it can be as simple or creative as you want. If you’re not talented with the decorating you can always add stickers, washi, or use stencils. There’s always a way around it! ?

  12. gorgeous bullet journal spreads!! I bought all the supplies with the intention of starting mine but never got round to it due to lack of inspiration but this is has made me want to dig it out again!

  13. I think I’m going to need a journal with heaps more pages. Great suggestions, and will be adding some of these to my 2017 bullet journal.

  14. What I love most about these bullets is how positive they are! These are great reminders to help us think positively throughout the day/week and add a little extra fun!

  15. I absolutely LOVE my bullet journal. It has helped organize my business and personal life. These spreads sound like amazing additions to put in the new journal I just bought. Thanks for sharing!

  16. These are really good ideas! I’ve been entertaining the idea of starting a bullet journal for a while now but I am scared that it takes too much time so I ended up getting 2 planners for 2017 because, well, i’m a planner addict …

    • Lol! I can totally understand, Julie! Bullet journaling is so much fun, but doing weekly layouts and decorating it can take up a bit of time and be a distraction. The good news is that you can totally bullet journal in your planner and have the best of both worlds!

  17. Oooh I love seeing all of these spread ideas!! I started one about 6 months ago and love it! defintiely saving this one for later! Thanks!

  18. Great ideas and layouts. I’ve been thinking about bullet journalling and this will be really useful when I start.

  19. I love your bullet journal spreads! I was really drawn to the design of bullet journals, but frankly I didn’t find it to be that functional for my needs, so I went back to a regular planner

    • Thank you, Erin! And it’s really awesome that you recognized what wasn’t working for you! What planner do you use? I love looking at all the different planners!

  20. I love the idea of a bullet journal and how many cool things you can do with them…the tv show idea is a creative one!

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  22. Yay! I recently got in to bujo and it’s the best thing I’ve done so far this year. Ive ben tracking my goals and tracking my consistency…or lack of consistency lol. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas to add in my bujo!

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