Before we dive in, I’d like to thank Ryder for developing this amazing system over the
years and sharing it with the world. I am honored to be sharing a glimpse into my Bullet Journal with you today and so grateful for the opportunity to share how I have made it my own.

My Bullet Journal Story

Before the Bullet Journal system came into my life, I was one of those people with
countless old planners laying around half-used and full of blank pages. I never truly
found a system that worked for me until now.

I have always been a list-maker and I love to put pen to paper. If you had looked at my
desk a few months ago, you would have found piles of loose papers, notebooks,
calendars, and post-it notes. I knew that there had to be a way to wrangle them all into a manageable system. I went on a massive Pinterest search and discovered the beautiful
Bullet Journal pictures and blog posts that abound there. I was hooked.

What I Love About My Bullet Journal

My absolute favorite thing about my Bullet Journal is it’s flexibility. In the past, I would feel incredibly guilty for leaving blank pages in my planners and would inevitably just stop using them. I now have the freedom to use as much or as little space as I need on any given day. Each page is a new blank canvass ready to absorb whatever thoughts, notes, tasks, doodles, or musings come to me that day.

Walkthrough

Key

I am a traditionalist when it comes to my key. I love the simplicity of the bullet points to signify my tasks each day. Putting an “x” or arrow through those bullet points is incredibly satisfying to me.
Key

 

Index

The index is the back-bone to my system and the one thing that has made my Bullet Journal the perfect system for me. I finally have a way to keep all of my notes organized within one notebook instead of multiple sheets of paper on my desk.
Bohoberry Bullet Journal Index
In addition to the front index, I developed a color-coding system on the last page of my notebook. At a glance, I can easily flip to pages related to key areas of my life: Blog, Travel, Projects, Finances, Food, Health & Goals.

Bohoberry Bullet Journal Color index

Bohoberry Bullet Journal index 2

 

Monthly Spread

I used Ryder’s original monthly log layout at first, but quickly discovered that I was running out of room to list all of my appointments, particularly on busy days. I switched this up in October and developed a layout with morning/afternoon/evening sections and a smaller column for my monthly goals. This is also one of the only ways that I color code my Bullet Journal.
Bohoberry Bullet Journal Monthly Spread

Future Planning

My future planning spread is basically just a way for me to track important dates like birthdays and holidays. For more detailed events like appointments and travel plans I keep a shared iCal calendar with my husband so that we always know each others’ schedules.

At the beginning of each month I reference our shared calendars and fill in the details.
Bohoberry Bullet Journal

Daily Log

The daily pages are the heart and soul of my Bullet Journal. I do not necessarily migrate uncompleted tasks each and every day. As long as the open tasks are all on my current spread, I leave them there. I look at my entire current spread as one giant to-do list.

Once I flip over to a new page, I go back and either migrate or cross off tasks that have become irrelevant.
Bohoberry Bullet Journal daily pages

Collections

One of my favorite parts of bullet journaling is the ability to add in lists and collections. Sometimes it is a simple list like “books to read” or notes on a project I’m working on. Other times I get very creative with doodles and hand-lettered quotes to make the page really stand out.
Bohoberry Collections Page Bohoberry Collections Page Bohoberry Collections Page 3

Habit Tracking

My monthly habit tracker is one of the most visited pages in my Bullet Journal. I developed this tracker as a way to eliminate writing repetitive tasks on my daily pages. I love to look back on this tracker at the end of every month. It’s a great tool for self assessment and reflection.
Bohoberry Bullet Journal Habit Tracker

How to Bullet Journal Like Kara

When: Daily planning is a big part of my night-time routine. About 30 minutes before
bed, all of the electronics go off and I spend some quiet time with my Bullet Journal.

  • Sometimes I will journal a short blurb about my day or write down a few things that I
    am grateful for.
  •  I turn to my habit tracker and fill in everything that I accomplished that day.
  •  I write out the following day’s header on the next available line.
  •  I carefully look over any open tasks and decide if they are still worth my time. If they
    are, I migrate them to the following day. If not, I cross them out or move them to
    forward planning.
  • I glance at my monthly spread and fill in the next day’s appointments/events.
  • In the morning, I review the tasks that I need to get done and come up with a plan for
    my day.
  • Throughout the day I record any notes, conversations, to-do’s, or new lists as they
    come up.
    I also schedule in a mega-planning day near the end of each month. This planning day
    includes reflection on the previous month and goal setting for the month ahead.

Kara’s Gear

Leuchttturm1917 Notebook (Medium A5, Dot Grid)
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen (Fine, 0.5mm)
Staedtler Triples Fineliners (0.3mm)

About Kara Benz

Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara lives in Central NJ and is currently working on opening an Etsy shop filled with planner stickers, printables, and stationery.
  • Tammy Arseneau Harris

    Great article! Love your layouts – definitely going to swap some of mine for these jewels!!!

    • Feel free to swap away, Tammy! Just remember to make it your own and make sure it works for YOU 🙂

  • Rachel Bruner

    Love all these pages!! I enjoy seeing more details in all these photos. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks Rachel! I appreciate that more than you know 🙂

  • Tina Snyder

    Love your layouts! I used to do my bullet journal daily but lost momentum but seeing your pages has given me the inspiration to start it back up! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

    • I’m happy to spark inspiration, Tina! The beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you can truly make it your own 🙂

  • Kimberly Job

    You are so creative!! I think I’m going to have to incorporate that evening routine. I’ve loved getting a peek into your life through your blog, Instagram, and the Bullet Journal community!

    • Thanks Kimberly! The nightly routine is what really makes the whole thing “click” for me. My brain is not always in full swing first thing in the morning 😉

  • Tamera Allen

    Thank you for sharing! eye opening to me!! gives me direction. ty.

    • I love hearing that Tamera! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Mary Anne Shew

    Always love to see how you organize your thoughts and plans — inspirational, with your own flavor added to the excellent BuJo system. Great post!

    • Thank you Mary Anne! Your support means the world! 🙂

  • habubrat

    Love it Kara! Love the Goal Tracker! 🙂 Habits Habits Habits. 🙂

    • Thanks! My tracker is by far the most visited page in my BuJo! It’s so motivating to watch it fill up throughout the month!

  • Ani Stefani

    Great visual. I just started mine last month and I’ve been obsessing over how to incorporate other lists. It’s been making me crazy — now I have an idea how to start! Thank you for sharing.

  • Nicole Bossard

    I’m a newbie to bullet journaling, like this is my second week new, so I’m totally curious about how others use their journals. I love your colors and layouts, especially for the daily pages. It looks like you have so much fun with it! I too love the collections (my LEGO wish list is already up to 3 pages, LOL), and I might just have to borrow a few ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tammy

    Your set up is beautiful! I’ve been doing lots of bullet journal research to find what works best for me. May I ask what the difference is between forwarded tasks and migrated tasks?

    • I was wondering that myself…

    • Thank you Tammy! A migrated task is where I have moved the task forward to a new day in my daily pages. A forwarded task is something I have decided to put off… it goes into my future log or a running “brain dump” page, to be migrated at a later date 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Tammy

        Awesome! That was vert helpful to me, Kara. Do you generally keep your habit tracks at the beginning of the month then the daily pages follow?

        • Yup! My habit tracker goes right after my monthly spread. I keep one of my ribbon markers on that page so that I can flip to it easily to update it every day 🙂

          • Tammy

            Love all of this Kara! You were instrumental in helping me getting up to speed. 🙂

  • Kerry Martens

    Discovered bullet journaling about a month ago and I am hooked! I also discovered Kara’s wonderful pages and am now inspired to make my black scribbled pages a bit more beautiful! Great inspiration! Check out her blog! bohoberry.com

    • Thanks Kerry! You’re a doll! 🙂

  • Dawn Paoletta

    Wowsa! I love your pages and inspiration. So grateful to have found Bujo and all of this wonderful , new to me, community! I am new, and hubby just jumped on board…miraculous that! lol. I am still sort of acclimating. BUT I am so grateful for the visuals and also the simplicity of the basics as Ryder presents. THanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much Dawn! I’m still trying to convince the hubby of the benefits… he says he doesn’t have time yet complains about forgetting things all the time. I’m trying to talk him into a simple, rapid logging version like Ryder’s original version.

  • Nice! My Bullet Journal does not look so great.

  • Mandi P

    Wow – stunning, all around. I LOVE the habits chart – how motivating!

  • So much inspiration from one person! I came across your blog when I first learned of Bullet Journaling and started researching it and I have to admit that you were a big part of what inspired me in my own BuJo journey. Thanks for all that you share!!

  • Jessica de wit

    Wow! What a beautiful set up! You have no idea how much you helped me showing you future log and monthly spread! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you Jessica! I’m happy it helped you 🙂

  • erreip

    I’m totally using the Monthly Habit Tracker. I was having to re-write each habit every day and THAT’S what I was missing! Also, the I’m going to incorporate a calendar into the Future Log.

    Thanks for sharing

    • That’s exactly why I started my tracker! It keeps my dailies nice and tidy 🙂 SO glad you found it useful!

      • erreip

        Super useful! I’ve been keeping up with your video posts, totally watched like an hour of your content (I’m such a dork), LOL. I was hooked on YOUR application of the #CALENDEX as a hybrid. Big fan of your stuff I’m glad I found you in the communitiy.

        -Cheers

  • Hi Kara! Not sure if you’ll see this because it has been a few days, but I have a question: Is all the color you use from the Staedtler pens? If so, I like how they can be used on their own but also as a highlighter (like in the future log).

    • Hi Rogin! Luck for you I just happened to stop by to check up on comments 😉

      For the future log I actually just used colored pencils. They gave me some nice light shading (similar to a highlighter). Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Terry M

    Wow! I somehow fell off the Bullet Journal wagon and have paid a price in missed appointments, frantic last minute recoveries, etc. Today, I decided I need to go back to the BuJo and thought I would visit the web site for fresh ideas. This is a brilliant guide of how to structure a journal. I plan to adopt many of these habits to improve my own productivity. I still struggle with where to put meeting notes during the workday, should they be a colelction or incorporated into my daily page?

    • Tammy

      I’ve been pondering the same about meeting notes as well! Do you use your BuJo for personal + work or work only?

  • Love the mini calendars in your future log! You’ve really done a great job at making the Bullet Journal your own with all of your creative collections and embellishments 🙂

  • Eve Chok

    Isn’t the coloured index the Japanese method? I saw that in a blog post last year and it’s nice how you’ve fitted it into the bullet journal. I’ve used it in my Hobonichi and I think I’ll definitely use it when I try the bullet journal method 🙂 love your goals chart, you’ve me really inspired me to get this project started!

  • blf112761

    *sigh*

    It’s been said many times already, but this is beautiful. You have great ideas – one reason I love using the Bullet Journal is because it gives you the space and freedom to be creative and tailor the system to your needs – and that’s exactly what you’ve done! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • val

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas esp. the level 10 life page. I’ll try this out 🙂

  • Eve

    THIS is what I have been searching for, through all the bujo methods people are using I couldn’t find one that looked “right” for me until now! Thank you so much, roll on 2016 because I have found my starting bujo method!!

    • Yay! I love to hear that Eve! No matter what you do though, don’t forget to tweak it and make it your own. The beauty of the Bullet Journal system is its flexibility and adaptability. I can’t wait to see how it helps you 🙂

  • Kara, on your daily spread, can you explain the W30D20 note above the “date” flag? I thought it was 30th week of the year, but then 20th day of ?? Just curious what you are tracking there… thanks!

    • I believe that is for the Whole30- day 20. I know that Kara did the Whole30 previously so I’m pretty sure she was just tracking the days!

  • Karina Guerrero

    Hi Kara! I just got here through your page. I’m considering to have a bullet journal, and follow some of your ideas, but I have one question. Watching at your index photo, how do you mix your daily pages with the pages that are listed there? I mean, in August, you have: page 6 and 4: affirmations, page 8: books to read… where do you put your daily pages? THanks a lot!

  • Alina Alic

    thank you so so much for your tips, I just discovered bullet journaling for myself and as a beginner it sometimes can be a bit overwhelming…but this blog post made it a looot easier and now I’m even more eager to start my bujo in 2017!!