How to Create a Notion Bullet Journal (Free Notion Template!)
November 17, 2021
HAY, how art you? Bullet journaling has been my best life assistant ever since I tried out this organisation system a few years ago. While the pen and paper method has its benefits, I have been thinking of switching to digital bullet journaling to increase efficiency and cut down on the use of physical journals. The prospect of accumulating notebooks throughout the years is the main concern, especially since living and storage space is limited where I live (Singapore, where flats are usually more compact). Instead of diving into a new and unfamiliar app to try digital planning, I decided to set up my digital bujo in Notion since I am familiar with most of its functions. In this article, I’ll be sharing how you can set up your Notion bullet journal in a few simple steps. Keep reading to know more!
Notion Bullet Journal Setup Video
Check out the following video where I showed my Notion bujo setup for 2022!
Notion Bullet Journal – Index & Key
The Index and the Key sections are like the backbone of the bullet journal system. To create an Index page for your Notion bullet journal, simply set up a new page to contain all your collections and monthly pages. The page serves as a dashboard/index for your bujo, and you can also decorate it with photos or free widgets.
The traditional pen and paper bullet journal method allows you to design your own key system freely, while in Notion, you are sort of limited to the prevailing bullets available in the app. There are currently three bullet options for the list block which you can use, but it might be a hassle to switch from one to another. It is also possible to use special symbols which you can copy and paste from sites like this one.
My Notion bullet journal key system utilises the to-do block for tasks, arrows (simply type ‘-‘ and ‘>’ or ‘-‘ and ‘<‘), bullet list block for events, and a pencil symbol from coolsymbol.com for notes.
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Notion Bullet JOurnal – Collections & Future Log
A collection, in bullet journal terms, is basically a page (or pages) with a unified theme or purpose. Here are some collections I created in my setup:
- 2022 Goals – To set and track goals for the year
- Habit Tracker – A unified database for the year’s habit tracking
- Period Tracker – To see the entire year’s cycle at a glance
- Content Consumptions Database – A catch-all database to document books, movies, and any other content that I consumed for the year
- 2022 Monthly Highlights – A summary of each month’s top three highlights
Each collection has its own page with different formatting styles. For example, I used the table database format for my habit tracker and period tracker, whereas the consumptions page and highlights page use the kanban board view.
For organisation purposes, I included my Future Log in this section. It is basically an in-line calendar database where I can input events and notes for the entire year. In each of my monthly pages, I included a linked database of this calendar so that I can see the month’s events without having to toggle to the Future Log page all the time.
Notion Bullet Journal – Monthly Logs
I created twelve pages for each month, each formatted the same way with the same layout and the following sections:
- Calendar – Linked database of Future Log
- Monthly tasks
- Weekly tasks
- Daily Log – Eight sections for each day of the week and “next week”
- Daily gratitude list – Can be filled in at the end of the day for daily reflection
- Habit Tracker – Linked database from collections
- Monthly reflection – Includes a monthly review page and a reset checklist
- Link to the next month‘s page for easy access
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Free Notion Template – Basic Bullet Journal
If you’re like me and enjoy customising your own journal setup, you can use this free Notion template that I created as a starting point as it contains the basic sections I mentioned in this article.
Get the free Notion bullet journal template here!
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