The Index serves to help you easily find your entries. It’s the master collection module if you will, “the ring that binds them.”

Setting up your Index is easy. Simply leave the first couple pages of your notebook blank and give them the topic of “Index.” As you start to use your book, add the topics of your entries and their page numbers to the Index, so you can quickly find your them later.

Collections that span a series of consecutive spreads are indexed as: “New Zealand Trip: 5-10.”

Some Collections are recurring and can be spread throughout your Bullet Journal. These topics can be indexed as such: “New Zealand Trip: 5–10, 23, 34–39, …”

The Index can also be used to group other types of entries. For example, if you use your notebook to draw, create an entry called “drawings” in your Index, followed by the corresponding page numbers.

Tips:

  • Indexing also provides a great visual timeline. Some people like to put a marker around their indexed Monthly Logs to provide a better birds-eye view.
  • If you work on multiple complex or long-term projects, you can create a dedicated Index for each.
    Dedicated Indexes can also be a great way to help organize notes for different classes.

About Ryder

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

    I’m just starting to learn and implement this system and it seems really nice. Do you have any pictures of what dedicated indexes would look like for long projects or collections? Where do you recommend putting them in relation to the main index?

  • Tom C

    I refer to my index often – Starting with my second journal, I did one thing to make it easier and faster to find what I need. I use facing pages: the left side is reserved for calendar (monthly/daily sections) related items and the right side is reserved for my collections.

  • erreip

    I found a very useful tip from an user on the G+ group: put the index at the END of the journal.

    I find it more efficient as I don’t have to ‘Thread’ the index forward from the front pages to somewhere in the middle of the journal.

    • JBS

      I’ve been indexing that way for some time; since there’s no way to know how much of an index will be needed, just start in the back and wherever the index and journal meet, that’s how many index pages were needed in that notebook. The rest of bullet journaling is new to me, though; this is interesting stuff.

      • erreip

        Search for The Nib Guy’s #Calendex its super useful in conjunction with the from-the-end-index. I Put the Calendex at the beginning of the year/journal and then the index at the end for more detailed referencing its working out great thus far this year.

        -Cheers

  • Bridgette Boudreaux

    I organize my index by my “Areas of Responsibility” I left over half a page for each area and anytime I start threading I list the multiple pages all on one line. I also right from __ to __ on each page included in the thread so that I can easily surf between them all.

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  • Ann

    Do you put daily logs in your index?

    • Same question, here.

      • Ann

        I haven’t been putting my daily logs in my index. I figure if I put all my monthly outlines and habit trackers in the index I will know my daily logs are in-between the last two months on the index… Alternatively I’ve seen people who will log a week of dailies in their index. Hope this was helpful!

  • Sathyanand S

    Creating an indexing system, saved me a lot of confusion. I gained a lot more clarity in navigating through my notebook, which I always felt an paper-based system fails.
    Thanks to Ryder for pointing this out. In fact, Bullet Journal one of my inspirations to go back to notebook-based system. Now I’m a convert.
    Here is how I use indexing system for my notebook. http://sathyawrites.com/indexing-your-notebook/

  • Colin Warwick

    In most books, the Table of Contents is at the front and lists sections in page number order. And at the back there is an Index which lists topics in alphabetical order. It seems to me that the four “Index” pages of Bullet Journal would be more accurately headed “Table of Contents” instead. Thoughts?