The Bullet Journal® was always designed to be modular. Each module is designed to group related information, that is why the modules are called Collections. Everything inside the Bullet Journal is a type of Collection. The core Collections are: The Index, The Future Log, Monthly Log, and the Daily Log. Other popular Collections include: Weekly Log, Food Log, Trackers, Mood Logs, and Gratitude Logs. The beautiful thing about the Bullet Journal is that you have the freedom to mix and match which Collections you use to power your practice.

Like Legos, our Collections can be assembled in many different ways. Till now there has been no term for your collection of, well, Collections. With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to a new term in our vocabulary: the Bullet Journal Stack. So what’s a Stack?

We often test out different types of Collections to see which work, and which don’t. The ones that do work, get added to our Stack. A Stack simply refers to the active Collections in our Bullet Journal.

So allow me to provide an example of my own Stack:

Index
Future Log
Monthly Log
Weekly Log
Daily Log
BuJo Log
Fitness Log

Here is a look at Tinyrayofsunshine’s:

Index
Future Log
Monthly Log
Daily Log
Journaling
Gratitude Log
Food Log
Meeting Notes
Sleep Log
Tracker
Mental Inventory

So why introduce a new term? Over the past couple years, the popularity of Bullet Journal® has exploded. It’s become a global phenomenon with millions of practitioners. I could not be prouder of this vibrant, supportive, and incredibly diverse community. As our community continues to blossom, so must our language. Until now, there was no formal way to properly describe and share what types of modules you are using. I want to make sharing ideas as easy as possible, so focusing on how we communicate is critical in improving and maintaining the integrity of our practice.

The most popular ways for people to discover the Bullet Journal are Instagram and Pinterest. They’re both wonderful channels for discovering all that diversity and ingenuity in our community. Just check out how many #bulletjournalmonthlylog tags there are!

Recently Kim from Tinyrayofsunshine suggested that we could use formalized hashtags to better share our Stacks. I think that’s a great idea! I love seeing all the variations you guys come up with, and I know I’m not alone in that. I would love to make it easier for others to find your inspiring work. By formalizing the way we tag our posts, it will make it easier for everybody to find exactly what they’re looking for. To get us started, here is the first batch of hashtags for tagging posts:

#BulletJournal – instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalKey –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalIndex –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalCollection – instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalFuturelog – instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalMonthlyLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalWeeklyLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalDailyLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalFoodLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalMoodLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalGratitudeLog –  instagram | pinterest
#BulletJournalTracker – instagram | pinterest

If you haven’t already, you can also follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.

So that’s pretty much it for Stacks and tags, I hope it will prove useful. What do you think? Are there any other hashtags you would like to see? What’s in your Stack? Let me know in the comments below.

Inspire each other!
Ryder

About Ryder

Ryder is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.
  • Bagmetv

    Many thanks, Ryder

  • Joshua A.

    Thanks, Ryder! Have you shared with us your own Weekly, Fitness, and BuJo Log? The future vs. monthly vs. weekly tracking has been the biggest sticking point for me.

    • Ryder Carroll

      Hi Josh, I use the Future log for things that have no real dates, but are important to me. Sometimes I use this for projects that I want to take on when I have more time. The Monthly Log is there to help you reflect each month on the both the things ahead ,and what the last month was like. The Weekly helps when you’re very busy and are logging a lot of content. Is serves the same purpose as the monthly log, but just at shorter intervals.

      • Joshua A.

        Gotcha. Have you shared an example of your Weekly Log? Thanks again!

  • Shanay Murdock

    I would be interested to see how you set up a Fitness Log.

    • Ryder Carroll

      I will be sharing a post about this in the upcoming months.

  • A couple of logs I keep are the pen log to let me know what fountain pens I current have inked with what color; the book log, which is a running list of books that interest me; the waiting-on log, which lists packages due to be delivered to me with an approximate date and where it will be delivered; and my in/out log of books where I make a list of what I’ve purchased versus what I’ve actually read.

    I’m curious what your bujo log is used for?

    • Ryder Carroll

      My BuJo Log is to track all the exciting things that I have in the works for you guys 🙂

  • Cindy Bowles

    Could the hashtags start with BUJO instead of Bullet Journal to save time and space?

    • Ryder Carroll

      I considered this, but those new to the system or that find it would not know what that means. Though I like things as brief as possible, I make an exception when it comes to accessibility.

  • Bart Willemsen

    Thanks! What exactly is a BuJo log actually? And maybe do a show-off of your weekly log. I am really curious how you set it up.

    • Ryder Carroll

      The BuJo log is to track all the exciting things that I have in the works for you guys 🙂

  • Carol Melancon

    Could the L in the Futurelog hashtag be changed to uppercase for consistency with the other log tags?

  • I like the concept of Stacks, but my issue is that I mainly use my BuJo as a sort of idea “catch-all” instead of a planning device (Future log, monthly log, etc.). Since I already use a personal planner to track these in, what do you suggest to make my BuJo experience more practical?

    • Ryder Carroll

      Always use only what works for you. “Work” is the operative word. Are you getting more done? Are you feeling more clear? If not, then it’s time to start testing out new approaches. You can use your notebook as an easy way to trail these tests.

  • Christine Dempsey

    So, I’m really curious as to how “stacks” differ from your index page where all of these are supposedly already listed, with page numbers. Thank you.

    • Ryder Carroll

      The Index tracks all the Collections, regardless of type. Your Stack refers only to the type of Collections you’re using. Stack = Monthly Log. Index = June, July, August. Does that make sense?

      • Christine Mary

        Sure, thank you!