Use of space in a Bullet Journal

The Bullet Journal method tells us how to add notes to our notebooks without having to plan. Notebooks are linear. If we plan our spreads, we never know if we leave enough room for things to come. The Bullet Journal Method is a method where we don't have to plan.

We add new notes on the next empty spread. The structure of the notebook grows with the use and removes the need for planning the content in advance. Each type of collection adds a constant number of pages.

We place the Monthly Log in the next open spread. The Monthly Log only takes two pages. The following pages are still empty and ready to be used. Only in front of the Monthly Log is there a possibility of a partial space. But this should be no more that one or two pages.

The Daily Log uses as much space as is needed. It grows linearly to use as much space as we need until the next collection. We can split a Daily Log at any time. We continue with the Daily Log after the collection.

The Future log uses constant space. We can reserve as many pages as needed and think about how long we will use a notebook. We add pages in spreads of 6 months. So depending on the speed with which we fill a notebook, we can add 6, 12, or 18 months and use 1, 2, or 3 spreads.

In a Bullet Journal, we can have many pages between multiple parts of a collection. There are two ways in which we can connect these parts: the Index and threading.

The Index contains all the collections that we created. Each collection has a list of page numbers where we can find it. We can add collections in two ways: the first way is to collect all page numbers for a collection on the same line. When we have a new spread, we add the page numbers following the entry with the same name.

The second way is to write every collection on a new line with the page number after it. When you add a new spread for the same collection, you add its name and page number at the end of the Index.

With threading, you connect all the spreads of the same collection. We thread the last page of the current collection to the next page of the next collection.

The Bullet Journal method removes the need to plan pages in advance, because of how we add pages and how we can find what we want.

Bullet Journal Companion App

Today when I opened the Bullet Journal app, I found a message that it was updated. It now is at version 2.0. In this upgrade, there are a few changes.

There is a lot more possible with the app, next to the features that were already in there.


  • Reflection

    • Calendar

    • Year overview

    • Take images of reflection pages

    • Add pages to your library

  • Library

    • A list of Bullet Journals

    • Add pages to your Bullet Journals

    • Add start and end dates

    • Add cover images

    • Add page count

    • Collections of pages

  • Guide

    • Articles about the basics of Bullet Journaling

  • Articles

    • List of articles in the blog.

  • Store

    • Link to the website, where you can buy new websites

  • Log

    • Log tasks, notes, and events

    • Logged items are removed after 72 hours

    • Tasks can be "migrated", or "completed"

  • Settings

    • Backup

    • Backup reminder

    • Reflection Times

    • Reflection Reminder


There is a lot more focus on keeping images of your journals and the pages within them. The interface makes it possible to page through your journal when you have the photos taken. These photos allow you to get an overview of the pages and the collections in your journals.

Keeping pictures of the pages of you journal was not possible in the Android app.


The app is a companion app. The normal Bullet Journal is very good at what it does, but this app improves on that by allowing you to log some thing when you don't have your Bullet Journal with you.

The log allows you to add tasks. A tasks can be completed or migrated. The expectation is that you copy the items from the Log to your Journal. If you don't copy the items, they are removed automatically after 72 hours.

The status of the tasks can also be set. By sliding the tasks to the right, you can change the dot to an right angle bracket (to show migration) or to an x to show that the tasks was already completed.

Events can also be logged in the app. These can be migrated by sliding them to the right.

The last thing you can do in the Log is writing down notes. These notes are also removed after 72 hours.


It's now possible to keep backups. In the previous version there was no way to keep stuff, so a backup was not very useful. Now it's possible to make pictures of the pages of your Bullet Journals. These pages are backed up. The app also makes it possible for you to get an reminder automatically as an entry in your Log.


This new version has a lot of new features to work with. I need to spend some more time with this to get a real feel for how useful this is. It's great that the Android app got some love.

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