Skip to main content

Elements to Make Your Bullet Journal Cohesive

For 2020 I decided to make my bullet journal more cohesive compared to how I have designed it in the past. While doing this I have come up with a few different ways to make all types of spreads be cohesive. In this blog post I will give ideas with explanations and images for how you to can create a yearly bullet journal that is cohesive from beginning to end. 

I plan digitally, using an iPad and the application GoodNotes Adonit Dash 3 Stylus from Amazon. These spreads were made on GoodNotes5, but are easily exported to be used on GoodNotes4. If you are curious to why I plan digitally check out my blog post Switching to a Digital Planner-Paperless Planning.


My first suggestion is to have a theme for the whole calendar year. For 2020 I chose the theme of minimal black and white with an accent of grey highlights. A theme like this helps to have a majority of the bullet journal look cohesive when you look over the whole notebook. When it comes to a theme for a whole year I would stick to something broad and not specific. This allows for the theme to be used in a variety of different ways and for all types of spreads. 

Weekly Spread Elements

My next suggestion is to have an element that you include in all of your weekly spreads. For me this is the same "What I Ate" (food tracker) section for all weekly spreads. Because I use GoodNotes to plan, I am able to copy and paste this element into each of my weekly spreads. My suggestion for this is to have a simple element that can easily be used in all types of weekly spreads. As you can see in the image below I used a simple font so that it would go with a variety of other fonts that I might use in the rest of the weekly spread. If you don't track your food then other elements that you could use are: a small monthly calendar, a weekly or daily habit trackers, weekly to do list, note section or even to buy list. The image below has even more ideas.

Titles and Headers

A way to make spreads that you use more than once is to use the same header or title each time you repeat it. For me this means using the same header/title design on my monthly workout tracker, monthly health tracker, book trackers, "Tweet My Life", and COVID-19 notes spreads. For more details on what a health tracker is check out this blog post The Only Habit/Health Tracker that You Need for Your Bullet Journal. For more information on the workout tracker that I use check out this blog post Bullet Journal Fitness and Workout Spread Ideas. Each time I repeat the spread whether that be because its a new month or because I have filled up the other page, I use the same title or header. Not only does this make it easier to find a spread when you are looking for it, but it also helps with the overall cohesiveness of your bullet journal. Below are examples of how I use this technique in my 2020 bullet journal. I have also included an image of the titles and headers that I use most often. These ideas coincide with my theme of minimal black and white.

Color Coding

Using the same color coding or highlighting throughout your bullet journal is another element that will add to the cohesiveness of the whole journal. Even though I said my theme for 2020 is minimal black and white, I do use color for two spreads. The way that I use color coding in my bullet journal is in my mood tracker and workout tracker. For me the coloring helps to easily compare from month to month. I know that it is a trend to make your habit tracker and mood tracker different each month, but I find that by not doing this I have made my bullet journal more cohesive. As you can see on the images below I also include a key for what each color stands for. Check the section above for more information on these spreads.

Symbols and Abbreviations

Similarly to color coding, using the same symbols and abbreviations throughout your spreads will also make it more cohesive. This could mean using the same symbols for tasks within your weekly spreads or to do lists. Also using the same symbols and abbreviations in tracker spreads. As you can see from the images below I use the same symbols for my health tracker every month. I have also included examples of symbols and abbreviations that you too can use in your bullet journal. I recommend reading my blog post The Only Habit/Health Tracker that You Need for Your Bullet Journal for more information on each of these abbreviations. 

As you can see from this blog post there are a number of different ways you can make your bullet journal cohesive from beginning to end. 

Stay safe and happy planning!!

To subscribe to my blog click the three dashes in the corner and type in your email. Each time I post a blog post you will receive and email.

For more bullet journal ideas check out my other blog posts


Popular posts from this blog

Reasonable Dorm Room Cleaning Schedule

Reasonable Dorm Room Cleaning Schedule After my first semester of college I have developed a cleaning routine that I have been able to keep up with. You can read my previous blog post about What I Learned In My First Semester of College . Over the past few months I have experimented and I am confident in the routine that I have created.  Personalize When it comes to personalizing the schedule you could add or take out the different chores. For example I also wash my retainers weekly and monthly my roommate and I decorate the marker board on the outside of our door. We also only clean our mirrors when needed since we have found that they do not seem to become too dirty regularly. Something that I would make sure you sanitize every week would be the surfaces that you are constantly touching. That means light switches, door handles, and your desk. By doing this I managed to avoid getting sick when my roommate and other floor mates go sick. Another task that you could add to y

Bullet Journal Fitness and Workout Spread Ideas

If you want to purchase some of these spreads you can buy the digital bundle from my Etsy shop: Simply Paperless .  I had created six different bullet journal fitness and workout trackers/spreads. These spreads were made in my digital bullet journal using the GoodNotes App.   I highly recommend to use a stylus when using GoodNotes as a digital bullet journal. For this project I used the Adonit Dash 3 Stylus , which I highly recommend. I also recommend the Bargain Depot Stylus 2 Pack  from Amazon. Daily Workout Plan This first spread can be used to plan out what exercises you plan to workout each day of the week. I would recommend this spread for those who are just starting to workout. I did not created the workout that is used as the example for the content of this spread. The workout is from Pintrest Workout Plan .  Workout Tracker This next tracker is in the format of a monthly calendar. In order to track the different workouts accomplished throughout

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Book Review

Reasons For Reading This Book: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus was Jackie's choice for the month of October. Jackie is the host of The Readheads Podcast Book Club. This is a monthly podcast book club that I have been apart of since it was established in 2020. I love getting to hear the thoughts of the hosts each month.  Content of the Book: Elizabeth Zott is a chemist but is much more than meets the eye. She is not only beautiful but also extremely smart, confident, strong, and not afraid to beat to her own drum. Elizabeth is one of the only female chemists working at Hastings Research Institute. She is viewed as different by everyone there. It's there that she meet Nobel-Prize nominated chemist Calvin Evans. Calvin who falls in love with Elizabeth is described as a loner, grudge holder, and extremely brilliant. Fast forward a few years and Elizabeth is now a single-mother working as the host of the most watched cooking show, Supper at Six . With Elizabeth's ways of