Over the last few posts, you have learned about the Monthly Spread and Monthly Task List, plus the Weekly Spread. Today is all about the Daily Log. This is when you get even more detailed about what needs to be done each day.
If you have been following along with the Bullet Journal for the Absolute Beginner series, you know that the calendar spreads are a big part of the bullet journal. While this is just the tip of the iceberg of what is included, it is good to start with them, because they become your main calendar, task list, and planner for the coming days, weeks, and months.
The Bullet Journal Daily Log
There are a few benefits of adding in a Daily Log into your bullet journal. The more obvious benefit is being able to dedicate more space in your journal for each day of the week or month. This lets you create more detailed to-do lists and task lists. I am a huge fan of to-do lists. I will admit, that I sometimes do not include a daily in my bujo, and just keep a running list of “next actions” in my planner–but as a beginner, it is really good to start with utilizing a daily log.
The great thing about the Daily Log is that you can customize it as needed for what you want to keep track of. This may include adding your diet and fitness information, working on
- Daily to-do list
- Tasks for the day
- Health logs – diet, fitness, weight loss
- Food or meal planning
- Moods or triggers
You can either use one type of template or layout for each Daily Log, or switch them up each day depending on what you need to record and keep track of. There is a lot of room for customizing these helpful pages.
I recommend that the absolute beginner–that’s you–start with a very simple daily spread. The more simple that you keep things, the more likely you are to keep up with your bullet journal. I tend to use mine as
I don’t plot out my dailies in advance (though some prefer to do this). What I do is on each new day, I turn to a fresh page–or use half of a page from the previous day. I will list my appointments for the day, as well as my mood, things I want to remember, and, usually, my meal plan for the day.
In the new
I don’t plot out my dailies in advance (though some prefer to do this). What I do is on each new day, I turn to a fresh page–or use half of a page from the previous day. I will list my appointments for the day, as well as my mood, things I want to remember, and, usually, my meal plan for the day. IN the new year I plan on keeping a food journal and I will likely keep it within my daily pages.
Some days I will write up a specific to-do list, but as I mentioned earlier, I tend to keep a running “next actions” list and keep that going until a whole page is filled up and/or I complete all of my next actions on the page. (I’m praying to actually finish all of the tasks on my current list by end of
My bullet journal is very fluid, and that is the joy of this type of planner. Some weeks I really rely on my daily log, and some weeks I am happy to work within my weekly and next actions. Make your bullet journal work for you.