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The bujo index is the backbone of the bullet journal and works like a table of content of the book. This is the directory and navigator of the bullet journal
When I tell one of my friends who is a huge nerd of bullet journals, I’m about to start the journey, his first reaction was..
“Are you only starting now?”
And he continues,
“Don’t miss out on the bujo index”
“Okay so what’s the deal with the bujo index”, I asked
” It’ll save you, lots of time, trust me”
The simple answer is it’s like a table of content of any book
It is one of the essential pages where you log the spread with the corresponding page number in your bullet journal or bujo.
By doing this you can easily find the pages you want to view later
Like what my friend mentioned, “it’ll save a lot of time”
Not gonna lie, I’m thinking of not including the index because I feel it’s not needed at first
But the idea of rummaging in the notebook, trying to find something is counterproductive.
The creator of the bullet journal said its best,
“There’s a difference between being busy and being productive”
–Ryder Carroll, Creator of Bullet Journal
How to create the bujo index?
Go to the first few pages of the notebook and label on top: Index
Certain bullet journal notebooks are already labeled, so you can use the designated space for the index
Draw 2 columns: One for the title or name of the page and the next column will be the page number
Label the header with Page name and page number
Add in the pages of your bujo
Thank yourself for doing the index that will help you later in the future
Sounds super easy right?
But there are a lot of bujo-er being creative and spicing up their bujo index
Here are some of the bujo index ideas you can follow
Bullet journal index idea
Despite the original idea of bujo index is very simple, you can modified according to what can serve you best
However, don’t feel the obligation to force yourself to do it
The essential concept of bujo index is simple: Help you navigate the bullet journal
Having said that, lets see some of the idea for your bujo index inspiration
simple yet Practical
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I love how simple Kaitlin index is. She included the collections and monthly log, just like Ryder suggest in his video
Add page continuation
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I can foresee my bujo index looking exactly like this!
the page continuation in the index can save pages and still serve the purpose; to help navigate the bujo pages
Use sticky Notes for the Bujo index
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Quite a cute idea to utilise sticky notes as the index page
Page-Description Bujo index
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Clean, clear and practical!
Doodle Bujo index
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For creative people out there, you can doodle your index instead.
Its really cute and still function to navigate the page
Combine the index with Bujo key
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2-in-1, The index and the key pages. Save pages and clear directories for your bullet journal
Minimal bujo index idea
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Combining calendars & collections
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Split the pages into 2 so you can use 1 side for calendar and the other one for your collections. So it’s easier and faster to find what you looking for.
Weekly Detailed Bujo Index
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If you keen to log all you weekly entry like this, make sure you spare extra pages for the index
Colour coded based on the categories
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I love how simple but practical the highlighting according to the categories index is
How to use the bujo index
Let say, you want to find that entry back in January where you forget to *migrate and transfer it into the following month
*migrating Is an act of transferring the existing task in the bullet journal to the new date/entry
- You go to the index page
- Find your entry labeled January
- Identify the page number
- Flip the page number
- And voila, you found what you want
Without the index, you probably need to flip the bullet journal back and forth before finding what you want
How to use bujo index for daily log?
The original Bullet journal method doesn’t really emphasize using the index for daily log
The reason is, it will take a lot of space and time
But there’s no harm to do so
If you like to create the daily log for easy viewing you are welcome to do so
Just log in the daily entry page number in the index
For example: Thursday 21st April 2022, Page 214
You will probably need extra pages for the index, though
How to use the bujo index for a certain project or topic?
Use dedicated index which is a form of index modification
Just create the specific index for the project or topics
Or you can separate the spread for personal or work like how Ryder explains in this video
So you can quickly identify what you want to search for
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Bujo index hacks
- Split the index column to 2 to maximize the space
- Use key (signifiers) or highlight the specific topic/ project for easy navigation
- Accessorize the bujo index-some have used ribbon, add tapes, washi tapes, stickers, and even origami!
Bujo index- the directory of your bullet journal
Sometime we tend to overlook important stuff because it’s too trivial, same like the bujo index
It tends to get overlook as it seems too simple
But remember, its the backbone of the bullet journal.
The index will be the main factor that differentiate a good productive bujo or just some notebook where you throw all your information in.
Just keep on experimenting on finding which ways works best for you!