In case you didn’t know, the Bullet Journal, or BuJo, was created by Ryder Carroll. It is described as an “evolving, adaptable practise meant to be self-curated”. The Bullet Journal is, basically, a place to write all of your diary entries, to do lists, thoughts, ideas, wants, anything that pops into your head.
While I liked the analogue version of the Bullet Journal, I found that it just wasn’t for me. I would forget to look at it and would miss things. Or I would become obsessed with making it look pretty. I set reminders on my phone to look at the journal, but then I had to take it with me wherever I went. While this is perfectly fine for some, it just wasn’t for me. So, I thought, why not use it digitally?
There are two things I love most about using Trello as a Bullet Journal. The first is that you can edit or delete mistakes without needing to cross things out, the second is that I won’t spend hours of my time trying to make it as pretty as the ones on Pinterest. This was a big problem for me when it came to procrastinating with the analogue journal.
Do you want to know what else is great? You don’t have to carry around a notebook with you! Trello can be with you anywhere, on your phone, your tablet, your computer, you don’t even need internet access to use it (it will sync when you’re connected). If you have a device near you, which most of us do the majority of the time, and you have the app installed, then you can access your Trello boards anywhere.
Setting It Up
How do you set up a Bullet Journal in Trello? First, you’ll need to open Trello via the app or website and create an account if you don’t already have one. Then select “Create a new board”.
Here you can name your board and choose a background (you can change these later).
Usually, you would create your index page first, but as we’re using Trello and not a physical book we won’t need that.
Next, you would make your future log. In his “How to Bullet Journal” video, Ryder says to create 6 spaces for 6 months. In Trello you could “Add a list” and name it Future Log, then add the next 6 months underneath as cards.
Now it’s time to introduce your monthly log. Add another list and title it with the month you’re currently in. Now you can add cards that can be your monthly task list and any important dates coming up this month.
Then, create your daily log. I opted to create weekly lists and have day cards underneath, but you can set this up however suits you. The cards can be moved and given due dates if you like.
A great thing about Trello is that cards can be moved across lists and boards. So, when you have an incomplete task you can move it to the next list. When the task is completed you can archive and delete it. I’ve seen people say you can’t delete in Trello, but you can. Just archive the item, click menu -> more -> archived items, then delete.
Last but not least we have collections, these are basically lists. Maybe some classes you want to take, books you’d like to read, or just a simple to do list.
Want your cards to be prettier? No problem. Just attach a picture to the card!
There you have it, the basics of setting up your Bullet Journal in Trello. You can make it as intricate or simple as you like.
This is just one example of how you can use Trello as a Bullet Journal. You could also try having different boards for each month, maybe boards for different aspects of your life, like work and family. It really is up to you, try things out to see what fits with your lifestyle.
Other Great Trello Tools
Before you go, there are some other great Trello tools you might want to consider including in your journal.
- Backgrounds – they don’t have to be a single colour. Trello has a whole gallery of photos you can use as your background so you’re sure to find something fitting.
- Labels – you can colour-code and label each card with what it’s connected to, for example, it could be connected to finances. Then if you just want to look at cards with that label you can, by clicking “Filter cards” in the menu.
- Power-ups – there are so many power-ups I won’t list them all here, but some noteworthy ones include: MailChimp, asana, card repeater, Zapier, calendar view (you can sync this to your normal calendar too), countdown, Dropbox, Evernote, google drive, google hangouts, Onedrive, Wrike, twitter and many more.
- Stickers – can be added to boards to add a little extra pop and colour to your cards
Don’t want to go through the hassle of creating this board yourself?
I’ve got you covered. Here’s a link to a basic Bullet Journal Trello board that you can save and then edit how you see fit.
Do you use Trello, or another app, for your Bullet Journal? Let us know!