How To Use Bullet Journal Daily Log To Increase Productivity.

Bullet journal daily spread or log serves as a daily entry filled with daily events, tasks and to-do lists, aiming to prioritize what’s essential for the day. 

Daily reviews help the process by mindfully evaluating each task’s completion and its significance. By mindfully prioritizing, productivity is increased.


Years after years you have spent your time being mindlessly busy 

Not knowing where to focus and prioritise  you running around like a headless chicken trying to complete all the task

You want to be productive and manage your time better but it seems impossible.

You have listened to countless productivity gurus on youtube but are still unsure where to begin.

I have a solution for you, my friend.

The bullet journal daily log

What is a bullet journal daily log or daily spread?

Simply put, the daily log  is a to-do list or task or event that takes place on that day

And the content of the daily log varies greatly on what you want to focus on.

If you are not familiar with bullet journals or any planning system in general, this can be a great way to start.

In my own view, the daily log is among the important elements of bullet journaling.

The idea of having the daily log which some people refer to as daily spreads to create the focus of the day

BUT! The daily spread is not a glorified to-do list.

Let that sink in

You dont have to fill in all the white space of the notebook with the thing you have to do. you’ll end up getting overwhelmed

In fact, Ryder Caroll uses dailies to log as things happen in real-time. That is why he referred to it as a daily log


The Bullet Journal Method

if you are just starting and want to know more about the bullet journal, you might want to read this post to help you begin the process.

The bullet journal method can be approached in 6 steps

  1. Bullet journal key
  2. Bullet journal index
  3. Bullet journal future log
  4. Bullet journal monthly spreads
  5. Bullet journal weekly/daily spreads (We are here!)
  6. Bullet journal collections

What to write in Bullet Journal daily Spread or daily Log?

The simplest way to do this is, to write the day and date on top followed by the entries

The traditional way of writing a to-do list is by writing down your list with the boxes on the right (or left, your choice) and just tick it once you are done with the task

And that’s it.

In the bullet journal original method by Ryder Caroll, the same approach applied

In the daily log, as he calls it, he begins by writing the date on top and followed by the entries.

The entries are written in short, bulleted sentence

The task indicated by the dot bullet

Events indicated by circle bullet

And notes indicated by dash bullet

This short bulleted sentence allows us to plan for the day quickly.

Ryder refer to this technique as rapid logging

What I like about this approach is it helps us to focus on things that are matter

And remove all the noise and distraction.

This will help us become more productive.

For busy individuals and for those who are just about to begin the productivity journey, I suggest to begin here: By creating your own daily log or daily spreads.

I know some of you might think that you are used to just thinking and planning inside your head.

But study has shown that by writing down the tasks, the chances of them getting done are much higher

And it will lessen anxiety as you have a better sense of control

What are other elements in the bullet journal daily Spread or daily Logs?

If you are a beginner at bullet journaling or planning in general, I suggest copying the original bullet journal method on setting the daily entries.

This is to get consistency in journaling before you can move to the next step

Often I come across people who stop bullet journaling as they feel overwhelmed by it. 

But when I look in detail, they are trying to incorporate various elements in their bullet journal and deviate away from the original method which is simple and practical.

 There is a difference between being busy and being productive

Now I have made it clear on the essential, let’s see some bullet journals daily spreads ideas

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Bullet Journal Daily spreads Ideas

#1 The hour-by-hour timeline

This is suitable for those who are used to time blocking and have fixed planning for their day

You can carve out time for yourself and can have a rapid view  of what your day looks like and how many hours you spend on it

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#2 Habit tracker

You can add a habit tracker to your daily spread as a reminder for you to do the habit

The advantage of creating a habit tracker in the daily entry is you can write in detail the routines as you have more space

*Ryder did include a simple habit tracker in his monthly log

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#3 daily goals, affirmation & manifestation

For certain people, writing consistently the goals, affirmation and manifestation helps a lot with their focus of the day.

Another idea is to write down inspirational quotes or interesting quotes from your favourite movie

#4 Notes of the day

I notice students have optimised their daily entry by adding sections for homework and important notes about exams

And note section can be just a space to brain dump things when you are not sure where to categorize it.

Or just to jot down something you want to remember later

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#5 meal/ workout planning

Sometimes having a predetermined plan  able to combat the decision fatigue

Adding a section on meal planning or workout of the day can help lessen the resistance to lead a healthier lifestyle

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My simple & minimalist approach to Bullet Journal daily Spread

My daily entry usually involves planning in the morning

The AM entry: to plan the day

 I will separate the layout into 2 parts: signify the work task and personal tasks of the day

The important event or agenda with a specific time will be written first.

This includes meeting, dateline, or other agenda that is non-negotiable

I avoid leaving too much space as I feel the need to make a longer list when I dont have to

I keep a short 4-5 to-do list/ task/ event on the designated column.

And leave a few spaces for any upcoming event/ tasks

basically, that’s that. 

And I do normal journal entries (not bullet journal way) whenever I feel like doing it.

The only issue with this is lack of consistency and I end up doing deep journaling after having a burned-out and totally out of touch with myself

And apparently, bullet journals have a solution for this that is missing  from my practice:

The daily reflection

Bullet journal daily reflection

Ryder Caroll suggested AM reflection for planning and PM reflection to review and appreciate your progress of the day

“…PM Reflection leans toward review to help you unwind.

Before you go to bed, sit down with your Bullet Journal and scan what you’ve logged throughout the day. Mark completed Tasks with an “X.” If a Task is missing, write it down. 

Again, you’re unburdening your mind…bring your attention to each item individually. 

Why is this important? Why am I doing this? Why is this a priority? And so on. 

This will help you surface distractions. 

-Ryder Carroll

What I like about this practice is it allows us to be more present in whatever that we are doing

Having a long to-do list is pointless if it’s doesn’t align with your goals

By doing daily reflection, we are being mindful of the daily activities

And I like how he uses the term ‘unburdening your mind’ as part of a review process in bullet journaling

Because sometimes we create unnecessary burdens in our minds by setting unrealistic goals and expectations.

Our to-do lists are endless, creating an illusion that we are busy, achieving something.

By reviewing what we have done on a daily basis in the form of reflection, it gives us a sense of direction of where we are heading.

we indirectly become more productive because the action we took every day is intentional, directing us to the path that we want.

This is the missing puzzle in my bullet journal practise

He then continues,

“…take a moment to appreciate your progress. Acknowledge the simple ways in which you’ve won the day.

The PM Reflection can be a wonderful way to decompress before you sleep, relieving stress and anxiety through a sense of progress, preparedness, and purpose.”

-Ryder Carroll

 Progress, preparedness, and purpose.

What a beautiful way to summarize what a bullet journal is all about

Now you can start your bullet journal daily spread or log complete with reviews to further boost your daily productivity.

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