5 Smart Ways to Use a Bullet Journal for Meal Planning

5 Smart Ways to Use a Bullet Journal for Meal Planning

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I'm new to Bullet Journaling. This methodology, developed by Ryder Carroll, keeps all your thoughts, aspirations, and to-dos in one, easy-to find spot. The theory is, once you have all these notes and thoughts externalized, you can start to organize them, track your habits, and make changes for your life. Bullet Journal fans, or "bujo"-ers, have adapted the system for everything from fitness tracking, note-taking at work, and keeping their kids' schedules and medications organized.

And a Bullet Journal can be a great way to manage your meals. When it comes down to it, many people find meal planning exhausting between trying to think of meals that everyone will like, drawing up a list for the week, and then making sure you don't forget anything at the store.

Getting all that information into a Bullet Journal can streamline the process. Here are five Bullet Journals to use as kicking-off points for your own system.

1. A master grocery list

If you find you're wasting money and time making multiple trips to the grocery store because you keep forgetting something, consider creating a master grocery list like this one from @alexandra_plans. Scan it before making your shopping list to be sure you're not forgetting anything.

2. A removable grocery list

What I like about this spread from @xomiamoore: The detachable sticky note for grocery shopping! Having an adhesive note right there to jot down your grocery list is a smart move.

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3. A reusable meal plan skeleton

The next iteration of the sticky note system, Kim at Sublime Reflection uses Post-Its so that she can just pull them off and reuse the same spread again and again each week without having to waste time redrawing new ones.

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4. A list of designated days

This spread from @christina77star is a smart idea if you want to try designating days for certain foods. Make Monday night pasta night and it should help take some of the effort out of meal planning.

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5. A comprehensive plan

If you want to plan all your meals, not just dinner, consider a page that has them all grouped together for the week. This one comes from Clarissa and was shared on the Bullet Journal site. If you really want to get into it, you could even add a box for snacks.

Do you Bullet Journal? Do you use it to plan your meals? Share you method in the comments below!

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