21 Bullet Journal Index Ideas & Examples

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Today, we’re sharing 21 bullet journal index ideas to inspire you to create an awesome index spread.

If this is your first time hearing about bullet journal indexes, you might want to read the next section for more information. However, if you’re already familiar with them, you can go directly to today’s collection of index ideas and examples.

(Side note: Don’t know the “right” way to journal?  If so, then check out this seven-step process for building a journaling habit that sticks.)

What’s a Bullet Journal Index?

Books have tables of contents, which are a sequential list of the books’ content. The chapters are listed, as well as their corresponding starting pages.

A bullet journal’s index section functions the same way as a book’s table of contents. However, instead of having the contents already set within their corresponding pages, as you usually find in books, bullet journals require that you list entries down as they are created.

An index is important because your journal is going to fill up quickly. When you need to access your entries fast, the index can help you navigate directly to the content you want to see.

With that said, you can incorporate your own style when creating the index. Some bullet journal owners list all of the content of their journals, while others include only what they feel is essential (even skipping 15 to 20 pages).

Ready to browse through today’s collection of index examples? Keep reading to see what we’ve got for you.

Creative Ideas and Examples for Your Bullet Journal Index

1. Two-Columned Index

via laettering on Instagram

Let’s start with this two-columned example. In this index, the page numbers and topics have separate columns. The contents are grouped according to the months they were created. (Check out our roundup of monthly bullet journal spread ideas and examples.)

Considering that page numbers are required in a bullet journal, some BuJo owners prefer notebooks that contain pre-numbered indices.

2. Simple / Formal

via Petite Mélanie

The format of your index depends on your preferences. Some bullet journal enthusiasts like to write the page number before they write the content of their journals. Meanwhile, there are those, such as the creator of this index, who prefer to write the content first before specifying the page numbers.

3. Geometry BuJo

via Poussin Voyageur

You can use your bullet journal for academic note-taking. In this example, the index features all the pages related to straight lines, most likely for a geometry class.

To make it easier to navigate your journal, it’s best to be specific about the topics you’re listing. For example, rather than writing just “Geometry Lesson,” you might want to write the exact topic you’ve created a spread or layout for, such as in the example above.

4. Mint Green Index

via bujoabby on Instagram

Dot-grid notebooks are favored by many bullet journal owners. It’s like getting three notebooks in one:

  • Ruled
  • Plain
  • Grid

The dots can guide you in creating precise lines and figures, which is ideal for diagraming and illustrations, if that’s your thing.

This example shows how you can be precise in organizing your index without having to draw a table.

5. Green With Washi

via floria2007creation on Instagram

Washi tapes are considered one of the most essential bullet journal supplies you need when you’re embarking on a BuJo journey. They come in a wide array of designs, and they’re very versatile. In this index spread, the washi tape adds a nice touch of visual interest at the bottom of the page.

6. Rugged Simple

via Pinterest

Minimalism works very well for bullet journaling. This example shows how a no-frills approach can look sophisticated and rugged at the same time.

This approach is also ideal for those who do not have time to do artwork for their index spreads or are lacking in artistic skills.

7. Minimalist Approach

via tetheredandtold on Instagram

A minimalist bullet journal index, like this example, has many advantages. It works well when you use your journal exclusively for rapid logging, where the requirement for artwork is minimal to nil.

Moreover, if you’re sharing your bullet journal with family members who will also be logging their entries on specific pages (in trackers, for example), having a minimalist index helps locate the needed page faster.

8. Elaborate Index System

via saricastudio on Instagram

As we’ve mentioned before, your BuJo’s index can be as minimalistic or elaborate as you want it to be. This example shows how an intricate indexing system might look.

The index tracks every section of the bullet journal. On the left-hand page, meanwhile, the creator has included other elements for bullet journals that she developed herself. These include legends, color keys, and mildliner and stabilo swatches.

If you go for an elaborate system, you have to remember to keep everything neat in order to make the index spread readable.

9. Simple Index System

via relatablehaley on Instagram

A spread like this one has space in the right-hand column to write some notes about the items in your bullet journal. This type of index allows you to view the contents of your journal at a glance, as well as the details of entries that have special significance to you.

10. Track Every Page

via logthatlife on Instagram

If you prefer knowing precisely what’s on every page of your bullet journal, this template is a good option.

Rather than writing the page numbers after you’ve filled in the corresponding places in your journal, you actually create the index by listing all the page numbers ahead of time.

Afterwards, all you need to do is record the specific entries on their respective page(s) as you finish creating them. This type of index setup works very well when you have a notebook that has pre-made page numbers.

Looking for the best bullet journal notebook? You might want to check out this post to choose the notebook that’s right for your BuJoing needs.

11. Washi Tape Header

via Pinterest

We’ve already mentioned the versatility of washi tape when it comes to bullet journaling. In this example, washi tape serves as a header for the index. It echoes the overall green theme of the journal.

Using your favorite color is a fun and creative way to decorate not just your index, but the rest of your bullet journal entries as well.

12. Color Coded Index

via The Petite Planner

Speaking of colors, this index incorporates a color-coded system in addition to page numbers. The legend for this color-coded system is found at the bottom of the index page. 

Some bullet journalists are not interested in numbering their pages. For them, a color-coded system works as a great alternative.

13. Elegant Index

via The Lady & The Ink

This index spread requires some artistic skills. If you have the inclination and the talent, you might want to try an index page like the example above.

Many people are drawn to bullet journaling because the potential for personalizing their journals is virtually limitless. You can decorate it with your own artwork, or use decoration elements such as stickers and printables.

14. Washi Tape Border

via Minnebelle

Here is another index spread decorated with washi tape. This time, the tape is used for the borders. The color choice for the washi tape combines with the handwritten title to create a charming, polished look for the spread.

15. Ruled Index

via Odyssey

Although uncommon, ruled bullet journals do exist. It is all a matter of preference, really. This conventional index has an uncluttered look. It helps you locate a specific entry with minimum effort.

16. Mandala Index

via Boho Berry

Adding artwork to your index spread adds visual interest to an otherwise utilitarian bullet journal. In this example, the bullet journalist has created a colorful mandala to mark the start of the index pages. What would you like to draw on your index page?

17. Minimalist Index With Key

via Carnet D’instantanés Et De Sourires

As you’ve already seen in several examples above, index spreads often go side by side with a key or legend page. The legend is your guide to the symbols used throughout the bullet journal.

These symbols can vary depending on what key system the journal owner is comfortable using. Examples include:

  • Using a hyphen for to-do’s
  • Choosing an exclamation point for urgent matters
  • Utilizing a dot or bullet for activities that were accomplished during the day

The key section of the bullet journal might also be a topic of another post. In this index spread example, we see that setting the index and key pages side by side is a practical move, as it creates the main reference section of the entire bullet journal.

18. Golden Arrow

via happyplanner13 on Instagram

Bullet journalists often allocate up to four pages for their indices. However, if you prefer to put everything on one page, you need to have a system that accommodates all the entries that you need to track.

This four-column spread is a true space saver. You can easily find the entry you need in no time. Flipping pages is no longer required!

19. Purple Flowers

via latvianbujo on Instagram

If you like flowers and the color purple, then you might consider a design like this for your index spread. Or you can use this as an inspiration and create your own variation. Of course, you can use any color you like and draw your favorite flower varieties.

20. Spilled Ink

via nowherepaperco on Instagram

Showcase your creativity with an index page like this one. The page’s title is written in a vertical fashion, with the page numbers housed within the lettering. The positioning of the page numbers divides the page into two columns, saving space.

According to its creator, this index was made to take advantage of spilled ink. Now, that’s really creative!

21. Tendrils

via Pinterest

In addition to decorating your index page using artwork, you can also use calligraphy. In this example, the title catches the reader’s attention with its fancy letterwork. Furthermore, each line and entry is written in a different font style. All are handwritten, which makes it all the more impressive.

Final Thoughts on Bullet Journal Index Ideas

Having an index system in your bullet journal makes it much easier to navigate. 

With the ideas presented in this post, we hope you are inspired to create an eye-catching and personalized index for your own BuJo. What’s your favorite design among the examples featured today?

If you need other resources related to bullet journals, the following posts are quite helpful:

Finally, if you don’t know the “right” way to journal, then check out this seven-step process for building a journaling habit that sticks.)

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21 Bullet Journal Index Ideas & Examples