You can turn any note-taking application into a Bullet Journal. But you have a lot of work to do if you start with an app that comes with all the right ingredients to create a Bullet Journal.
But where do you find such an application? Start with our list of five. We’ve narrowed these down because they give you three main benefits:
Makes quick logging painless
Have ready made icons for task legends, events, notes or at least mark, label, color coding options
Gives you a quick way to browse your journal entries
Now, on to the application recommendations.
Trello’s cross-platform availability is a big plus for bullet journaling, and so is its automation capabilities. You can set the app to create boards (for modules) and cards (for dates) on a schedule.
You don’t need the Index and page number modules, as Trello’s powerful search function makes it easy to quickly find what you need.
To get an at-a-glance view of your tasks for the month, you can set a due date on an entry to highlight it. Color-coded labels can serve as bullets and markers to add context to your journal entries.
Is this going from paper to Trello sound complex? Actually, it’s nothing like what you’ll see in this step-by-step guide to using Bullet Journal in Trello to plan your day. This guide shows you how to bring every aspect of your paper journal to Trello. It also gives you a sample Monthly Monthly board that you can copy and add to your Trello account.
Trello isn’t the only popular note-taking app for taking your journal from analog to digital. You can also use Evernote for bullet journaling. If you’re a Mac user, you can use Reminders, Calendar, or Notes as a Bullet Journal.
Download: Trello iOS (Free, Premium plan available) Android (Free, Premium plan available)
NotePlan comes with a calendar, markdown notes, and a to-do list. Calendar view lets you view large images such as Monthly Logs in your paper journal.
When you want to enlarge your entry for a specific day, switch to the Notes view. Here, you can use a mix of tasks, lists, reminders, events, and general notes to plan your day and reflect on it.
Thanks to color coding, tags, linked notes, and linked dates, it’s easy to jump to the right entry in your journal at any time. You also have iCloud sync, so you can keep your bullet journal ready to go across all your Apple devices.
Overall, NotePlan doubles as a perfect bullet journal and many app users use it.
Download: NotePlan for macOS ($20, trial version available) | iOS ($15)
Useful that you can use Taskade as a guest before signing up for it. This app lets you add checklists, outlines, and notes to your bullet journal. You also get a variety of bullet formats to choose from, which makes it easy to match them to the bullets and markers in your journal.
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The app has basic formatting options and emojis too. To schedule your plans, Taskade gives you Due dates and Add To Calendar options. The latter feature lets you connect with Google Calendar and Yahoo Calendar.
Attachments, templates, comments, tags, Taskade searches have got it all. It is a versatile application suitable for all types of note-taking. We recommend starting with the Taskade Bullet Journal template to save time setting up your journal.
Download: Taskade Android, iOS, Mac, Windows (Free)
The Bullet Journal Companion
You must use the Bullet Journal companion app with, and not, your analog bullet journal. It makes this simple mobile app from the makers of the odd Bullet Journal on this list. But it’s the perfect solution if you’re not ready to give up your paper journal entirely in favor of a digital one.
The companion app asks you to reflect on your plans and notes with twice-daily reminders. (You can adjust the time for these reminders to suit yourself.) It also has a Library section that lets you search for your old bullet journal.
If you are away from the notebook, you can use the app to log in and then move the entries to your notebook during your reflection time. You have a 48 hour window to remove your entries from the app.
The Bullet Journal Companion includes a series of guides covering every aspect of bullet journaling. Be sure to appeal to Bullet Journal journalists and veterans alike. If you like the community aspect of Bullet Journal, you’ll appreciate the compilation of posts from the official blog in the app.
Download: The Bullet Journal Companion for iOS ($3), Android ($3)
Dynalist is one of the best bullet-based to-do list apps and is gaining popularity fast. It comes with markdown support, tags, due dates, and internal links, among other features.
The application tree structure is great for handling your Daily Logs. For bullets and markers, you can use regular keyboard characters or appropriate emoticons. Because Dynalist lets you bookmark items, you can keep your most important modules currently accessible at all times.
The demo version of Dynalist gives you a detailed overview of how the app works. This is the perfect testing ground to find out if the app can function as your bullet journal.
Download: Dynalist (Free, premium version available $10/month)