13 May 2019

Bullet Journaling in your Filofax

This weekend at PlannerCon Europe a video interview of Ryder Carroll talking to Mella and Liselotte was shown. Doing the sub-titles for the video reminded me that a few years ago I created some Filofax pages for doing Bullet Journalling. So it seemed a good time to repeat that post here.

I'm not going to attempt to explain the principles behind this idea or method, he does it so much better than I could anyway!.

Take a look at his website or watch the video.

After seeing the video I thought about trying this idea out myself and I was tempted to go out and buy a notebook to give it a try. But I know what I'm like with bound notebooks, I hate to make a mistake in them!

So I thought why not try and take this idea and use it in a Filofax... I have got plenty of those haven't I!!

But what sort of inserts? I looked at the website and the video quite a few times before coming up with some simple personal size inserts which will print on to personal size paper. I've also scaled these up to A4 so you can booklet print them to A5 as well.

After discussing this with Ray, we came up with a few ideas to improve the concept. For instance the index that Ryder shows in the video didn't look that well organised, so Ray suggested his method of creating an index in a notebook.  I decided that instead of creating fixed divisions on the index pages I would leave that up to user as to how they would divide up their index pages depending on their needs.

I'm making the inserts available in A5 and Personal sizes for you to download and try out for yourself.
Index (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Index (A5) Word file or PDF File

Daily Calendar (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Daily Calendar (A5) Word file or PDF File

Monthly Events/Tasks (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Monthly Events/Tasks (A5) Word file or PDF File

Collections (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Collections (A5) Word file or PDF File

So if you fancy trying this out download the inserts and give it a try.

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  1. Thanks for these! I'm using a notebook at the moment, my fourth since January, which says enough. As a Filofax lover since the late 1980s, I am thinking of setting up my A5 instead.

    Great blog, by the way. The Wednesday and Saturday links are great! Thank you!

  2. I do a version of bullet journaling in my ring bounder and have done so for years. Instead of an index I use the dividers like normal ring binders use. I simply use pre-printed graph paper and I migrate any undone tasks to the next week. I use a week on two pages format for my appointments and tasks. I also use my month on two pages for an overview which comes in handy when I am scheduling appointments that are far out. I only keep two weeks of the week on two pages at a time in my planner. I am in 20 mm rings right now but when I go to 25 mm I might change that.