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5 Simple Index Hacks

Here are a few clever ideas to help you get more out of your Index. You don’t have to use any or all of these ideas, but you might find them useful to incorporate into your system.

1. Split it in half to maximize space.

split your bullet journal index

By splitting the Index in half you get twice the amount of room which is helpful in case you find that you have a lot of entries. By splitting the Index in half you can also separate between specific Collections that you have. For example, you could have one side be meeting notes and the other side be the rest of your Collections.

2. Assigned Indexes.

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Instead of splitting the Index in half, you could assign entire pages to a specific topic. For example, one page could be for your general collections, another could be for meetings, and another could be for projects. This way you can quickly see all of your collections under a specific topic at a glance.

3. Underline specific Collections

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If you would rather not split your Index or assign pages (especially if you’re new to the Bullet Journal) and just want to add to the Index as you go along, but find that you need to have certain ones stand out more, then you could consider underlining some. To give them further context, you could underline with different colors. For example, blue could be work, purple could be home, and red could be assignment break-downs.

4. Add a Signifier next to specific Collections

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If you would rather not underline, then consider using a Signifier next to certain Collections to give them more context. This way you can see relevant ones at a glance. For example, project Collections that you’re currently working on could have an asterisk next to them to signify priority.

5. Place a Bullet next to Collections to indicate what you’re working on, have completed, discarded, or migrated.

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This hack can work in any of the above methods because it treats each entry in the Index as an actionable item. By doing this, you can focus on the pertinent Collections. Simply add a dot Bullet to indicate that an entry in the Index is a task you’re working on and once all of the Collections in that line are completed, you can mark it as such. If the Collection was cancelled or didn’t work for some reason, cross it off to mark it as irrelevant. This idea is also helpful when you get a new Bullet Journal to see which Collections to migrate over.

About the Author:

Kim Alvarez is the creative behind Tinyrayofsunshine.com, where she writes about the Bullet Journal, productivity, planning, and other creative pursuits. She runs a sunshiney Etsy shop with stationery goods that will bring a smile to your face at tinyrayofsunshine.etsy.com


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