Hello Planning Mashers
In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Bullet Journal daily log, which is one of the most important building blocks of the system.
Plus, you’ll also find here some daily spread inspirations to get some ideas on how you want yours to look.
Daily spreads are not necessarily what I often use in my Bullet Journal, but they have benefits.
And I believe you should try many different things with this planning method before figuring out what works best for you. And I must say that sometimes my planning needs to change, and I use a daily log myself.
So today, let’s look into what a daily log is, what to write in it, and how to set one up.
There is also a free printable, so be sure to scroll until the end of the post.
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What Is A Daily Log
Bullet Journal daily log is the smallest block for planning – it’s basically a place to plan your days.
This is a spread where you organize your daily tasks, appointment, and chores.
It’s a great way to stay organized and make sure that you always finish the things you have to do.
More than that, your daily log can help you stay on track with your habits, self-care, and pretty much anything else you need.
Let’s look into things you can add to your daily log, and hopefully, you’ll find some more practical ways to use this spread.
What To Put In Your Bullet Journal Daily Log
Of course, mainly, you use your daily log to write your to-do list, but it can be so much more than this!
A daily log is a large spread to fit so many things there.
Let’s start with your basic planning things:
- Events and Appointments
Some other things to increase your productivity can be:
- Pomodoro tracker
- Daily focus
- 3 main tasks to complete
- Time log
- Time blocking
- Tasks for tomorrow
There are other ideas you can add to make sure you don’t forget about yourself and your mind. I call these self-care ideas:
- Gratitude log
- Inspirational quote
- Daily mood
You can also use your daily spread for health and fitness tracking:
- Water intake
- Daily steps
- Meal plan
Finally, here are a few more random ideas:
- A doodle a day
- Daily finances/spending
As you can see, a daily log can be so powerful. And I’m sure if you take a minute and think of something you need help with, you can come up with even more ideas.
Before you go right away and start adding all of these things to your daily log, let me share with you a few tips.
Bullet Journal Daily Log Tips
It’s easy to get excited and just straight into planning.
And it’s not a bad thing; better start right away than spend months learning. I believe in learning by doing.
Nonetheless, here are some basic tips for you to consider:
- Don’t set it up in advance
Go as your days go, don’t try to pre-made your spreads in advance. The best way is to plan your next day the day before.
It might sound a bit time-consuming, but it actually is pretty easy and fast.
You never know how much space you’ll need, so it’s best to have the freedom to use as much space as you need for your day.
- Keep it simple
I know there are so many things you can add to your daily log, and there is so much space to be creative.
If you want to and have the time – go for it! But know that you don’t have to, and maybe, to begin with, you’d want to start with a simple setup.
Making it complicated might take away from the page’s usefulness, and you don’t want that. If Bullet Journaling starts feeling like a chore – you’re overcomplicating and doing something wrong.
- Add what you need
The final tip is to think about what you actually need and what fits your lifestyle before adding all the things I mentioned above.
You probably don’t need all those things, so don’t try to use them either.
My tip would be to start from one or two and then see if it worked or not and if you feel like you need to add something else.
To begin with, just think of something you need help with within your life and start by adding those to your daily spread.
Daily Log Vs. Weekly Spread
Everywhere online, you usually see weekly logs rather than daily spreads. What’s the difference, and why should you try a daily log?
A weekly spread helps you see an overview of the whole week and plan accordingly, while a daily log only shows you what you have planned for the day.
The other big difference is that you have much more space for everything when using a daily log.
It’s really up to you to decide which format to use; you can use them all, switch it around according to your planning need or stick to one. It’s up to you; just listen to yourself and your life.
Daily spread is faster to create (you can do a header, and that’s it), allow more space, and help you be more concentrated.
When you have a weekly spread, you have a review of the entire week, so you always have an option to migrate your task to another day.
With a daily log, you’re more concentrated; you don’t have a visual representation of moving your tasks and completing them the next day instead, so I feel like you generally get t to be more focused and achieve more.
If you want to learn more, check my post Bullet Journal Weekly Spread VS Daily Log.
BuJo Daily Spread Inspirations
Finally, we get to an interesting part with different ideas on setting up your daily log.
These are all different and have different styles and elements; I hope it will give you some more ideas on how to customize yours.
Minimalist Daily Log
Here is a pretty basic and straightforward daily log.
All you have here is a daily to-do list and some journaling. I love the idea of filling out the space with different patterns.
You can check my post with Pattern Ideas To Use In Your Bullet Journal for some ideas.
Colorful Daily Log
A very easy way to make your daily log look a little extra is to use color. And it won’t take any extra space either.
I also love how this looks very simple and neat, but there is so much information there.
Artistic Daily Log
If you want to, you definitely can go more artistic, like the daily spread below.
Having a two-page daily allows you to be more artistic and include more details, like, for example, a time log.
Daily Log With Schedule
My favorite part of a daily log has a daily schedule for each day.
This is very useful for time tracking and time blocking, which can help you be productive.
Basic Bullet Journal Daily Spread
If you’re starting, try doing the basics.
Draw a header and start writing your daily tasks.
A fast and straightforward way to plan your day.
Decorative BuJo Daily Log
Of course, one of the most fun things about Bullet Journaling is decorating, and of course, you can do it with your daily spreads.
Use whatever you like; if you aren’t artistic to draw illustrations, use stickers. magazine cutouts and washi tape.
Check my post Easy Ways To Decorate Your Bullet Journal to get more ideas.
Detailed Bullet Journal Daily Spread
You can definitely add a lot of information to your daily log, and here is an example.
I love that all sections are divided into boxes and a fun quote.
Floral Daily Log
Flowers are always an excellent way to decorate your journal spreads, and a daily log is not an exception.
If you don’t know how to draw these, check my post, How To Draw Beautiful Flowers In Your Bullet Journal.
Also, I love that this log has that little secret area for a meal log.
Daily Log With Everything
Technically this is a Hobonichi, but it can work as a great example of a daily log.
Because of how well organized this spread, there is so much information, yet it doesn’t look crowded.
Daily Log As You Go
If you don’t need a whole page for your daily log, you can always use this method, a traditional way of planning with a Bullet Journal.
You have a header with the day of the week; write below as much as you need and start your next day right below it.
Two Page Daily Log
You can definitely use two pages for your daily spread if you ever need more space.
Of course, if you’re using a smaller journal like this one, you probably will need more space.
Daily Log With Journaling
As I mentioned before, there are many things you can fit into your daily log.
Journaling is a very good practice, and it might be a good idea to include it here.
Another example of this style is to use two pages for your daily log.
One for your to-do list and all, and another for your journaling.
Finally, of course, here is a little printable.
I made it very functional with a lot of extra details.
It’s also in A4 size, so you can print it and use it as a separate planning spread, maybe something on your fridge.
If you have never used any printables, check my post How To Use Printables In Your Bullet Journal.
And of course, you can get this one in the “Weekly” section of our Resources Vault.
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