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Bullet Journal Index, What it is?

This will be a small post, as well as the following posts from this series because we’re checking the basics one-by-one. The last post was about setting up a bullet journal with absolute basics and there were some images included to give a better idea about what it would look like. This is all about the Index. Not a lot of people use it, to be honest, but it’s always good to give it a chance to confirm if it’ll work for you or not. 

 

What is the mean of Index?

Let’s remember what is an index for a bullet journal:

  • The index is where you get everything organized by assigning a page number and writing down if you want “quick” access to the entry or collection.

The regular definition for Index in general is:

  • A guide, list or sign, or a number used to measure exchange. A perfect example would be the yellow pages which contain a name, address, and phone number.

 

How is an index arranged and why?

An Index is designed to help find any sort of information quickly and easily. It helps complement a table with specific subjects, that lists the page that you’ll find what you’re looking for. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in chronological order.

For the sake of Bullet Journal, ask yourself if you need to index every page? Every collection? Every month, week or day?

As this is designed for you by you, so index whatever YOU feel important. In my case, I index my collections, and month but no specific weeks, dates or monthly collections.  

 

How do you create an index in the Bullet Journal? (H2)

I am honestly not sure if “create” would be a good word, but there are different ways you can use it in your bullet journal.

As we’ve mentioned above, it is arranged by however you’d feel is important but you should also consider if you want to index the journal numerically (numbered pages) or by category? Do you want it at the beginning of the journal or the end?

If you got one of the fancy notebooks for bullet journaling, the pages are already numbered. If you’re starting with a regular notebook, you will need to add the number and this can be done as you progress.

 

 

  • Indexing Numerically (H3)

 

This way can be used by filling up the index with every single page, which would take a lot of space, or doing it by a group of pages as you go creating it. In my case, I only do the month from the start page and the last page, but not the specifics inside the month.

Pro:

  • Comprehensive Index
  • Looks Super Organized

Con:

  • Time-Consuming To Find Pages
  • Run Out Of Index Pages

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If you use a notebook such as the Leuchtturm1917, it has 3 pre-made index pages including a small space for a description. I find this extremely useful because I get to work on what I want to have in my bullet journal and then, I index the things that I want quick access to.

 

 

  • Indexing by Content (H3)

 

I’ve seen some people use this, but it’s not as common as the numeric index. Most people don’t index weekly or daily spreads and only list collections.

You’d want to have quick access to the spreads or pages that you visit often, and thus the category indexing would be something like:

  • Recipes: 20, 36, 41

You could also add the month and the pages it includes, which is how I use it, combining the numeric index.

  • January: 10 – 21 

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There’s also something called the calendex where you list the months, weeks and days. This is something I have yet to understand.

 

 

  • Indexing in the Back of the Notebook (H3)

Some books have the index set up at the end, even if it seems natural to have it at the beginning. Some people work better with it at the end of the notebook, and kudos to them, honestly.

Indexing at the last page of the notebook means that you’ll be going “backward” as the last page of the notebook would become your first page of the index. I, personally, would be too confused to try this but the only advantage would be that you would never run out of pages.

 

How do I create an index in a notebook? (H2)

I believe if not the easiest page to set up, it comes pretty close to it. You can leave to start, 3-4 pages and see if you have enough space. 

It can be artistically made, left pretty minimalist or simple. But this is a page that should hold no distractions to make the search quick.

I’d also recommend having two columns, one small column for the numbers and a large one for the description.

Fill as you go creating your content and that’s pretty much it!

 

So… We’re checking the Key Page next (H2)

Let me know which one is the best option for you: Numeric or Categorical Index. You can also see other index variation on the Ryder Carrol page.

 

Laura M.

 

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