A bullet journal keeps your life organized, but what keeps your bullet journal organized? It is the index page of the bullet journal! An index page in the bullet journal is one of the first pages; it acts as a table of contents. This spread is specially designed to list out what material is located on which pages in the entire bullet journal. In this article let us know about the bullet journal index and how to create the most functional one.
What Is A Bullet Journal Index?An index page is a list of items with their respective page numbers. It is just like a list of content; the only difference is that it doesn’t have to be in chronological order necessarily. Indexing something in your bullet journal means you are listing out the collections you have and where you can find them in your bullet journal. It is a lot easier to search by topic in the bullet journal index as a few things might recur. For instance, if you have your habit tracker recurring every month, how will you list that in your bullet journal index? You can reference the page numbers of all your habit trackers at once. Something like this: Habit tracker – 14, 26, 38. A few god grid journals come with an inbuilt index page, such as an LT1917, but if there isn’t, you can manually create an index page for any notebook.
Why Do I Need A Bullet Journal Index?Do you actually need an index page in your bullet journal? This is one of the very subjective questions! For the original bullet journal system created by Ryder Carroll, an index page in a bullet journal is a permanent feature. It is one of the first things we need to do while setting up your bullet journal. However, depending upon your bullet journaling style, this page is may oy may not be more important to you. So, if you ask me, is it essential to include an index page in the bullet journal? I would say it depends! Some bullet journalers find it extremely helpful, while others don’t even use it, especially those who use artsy bullet journals. This is because the arty bullet journal pages are so different from each other, and a simple flip is enough to get you on the page you want. Anyways, there are a few pros of having a bullet journal index. You might need a bullet journal index when –
- Even though you are very artsy and color code every page, there will be a few “where is that page?” moments while flipping through the book.
- You have infinite pages and collections in your bullet journal.
- When you track other people’s habits in your journal (like the family trackers), so everyone needs to know and edit the entries easily.
- You quickly log in to your bullet journal and don’t have any graphics to differentiate the pages.
4 Tips For Creating A Bullet Journal IndexJust because you have created a functional index page for your bullet journal, it doesn’t mean you are finished. Below are the four tips for improving your bullet journal index.
Break Your Index Page Into Categories
Color Coding The Index
Match You Pages With The Color Codes
Use Washi To Color Code Your Index
Recommended Products To Set Up Your Bullet Journal IndexBefore we dive right into some excellent inspiration for bullet journal weekly spreads, I want to mention the tools I use in my bullet journal quickly. If you are a beginner, these are the tools I wish I had purchased when I started bullet journaling instead of those overpriced books and markers that others recommended.
- Fine Point Pens
- Micron Fine Line Set Pens
- Tombow Fudenosuke Soft And Hard Tip Brush Pen
- Tombow Brush Pens
- Washi Tape
- Crayola Super Tips
How To Create A Basic Bullet Journal Index
Draw The Columns
Add The Column Headers
Index The Existing Page
Your Basic Index Is Ready