First Published:  | Last Updated: February 16, 2021

The gist: In this tutorial I show you how I use a daily log template in my Notion bullet journal to create a consistent journaling habit.

If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, there is a good chance you found it through the episode of Notion Office Hours I was on, the one on how to use Notion for bullet journaling.

And my entire Notion bullet journal, all of the different collections and all of the different spreads, are all held together by one daily journaling practice and one daily review template.

And because of how that Notion template for my daily spread is set up, I never need to spend more than a few minutes at a time updating any of the others.

So in this video, I'm going to walk you through how that Notion journal setup for daily logs works, so you can see what I mean by that.

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The Notion Bullet Journal Index

So here is my review dashboard, which is the equivalent of my digital bullet journal index:

notion bullet journal index

It is where anything that is also (or formally would have been) in my physical bullet journal goes, inside of my overall notion set up.

And here's where you can duplicate a free Notion template based on this setup, if you want one like it.

You can see that the structure and the terminology, it's all similar to the language of bullet journaling.

I've got my spreads for daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly time periods at the top. And then the stuff after the top section is stuff that, in a traditional bullet journal, would be considered collections or trackers.

And so now let's go into my daily logs and see what's up with those.

The Notion Daily Log Setup

The different database views of this database that I look at the most are my scorecards and the gallery.

notion daily scorecards

My scorecards for the year use a formula based on different stats and rollups that I'll explain later.

notion photo gallery

And the photo gallery view shows any journal entry that has a photo attached. It then also shows that photo. That one exists because I'm trying to take more pictures of everyday life that are just for myself, not for social media.

I normally start my Notion journal for the day partway through the day. But I am trying to make it part of my earlier work windup routine. That way, by the time I actually need it, it is already all set up.

Not that set up is particularly difficult. It's very easy because of the templates that I've created.

The template that I use most days is the daily dashboard, but I also have two other templates that are more minimal and less detailed for days that I don't feel like doing a full daily review.

notion journaling templates

So I apply the template, and then the only things that I need to do for setup are name the log. I use a mention of the date for that. And then I also create a manual version of the date to have it available in calendar views.

Then I attach the week from the weekly spread. And then I do those same few things on the embedded habit tracker and health tracker.

notion daily trackers

I've been asked why I don't keep all three of those in one database, why I have health and habits separate. And it's just because if it was all one, it would be a huge ass database.

This is just breaks it up a little bit. Makes it less visually overwhelming.

And I don't always fill out all of them at the same time. So this way I can just look at what I need and am focused on in the moment.

Morning Routine Section

This first morning routine section is for when I start my daily log earlier in the day. Since I'm trying to get better at remembering this, it's there inside of the template.

But because I'm not good at remembering it, I have it underneath the toggle so it's easily hide-able.

notion morning routine template

But hypothetically, I would wake up and start this template on my phone before I started my morning routine and went about my day.

And I would choose whether I wanted to do a shorter, more abbreviated morning routine, or a slower, more leisurely morning routine.

Then I would press the applicable template button to create a checklist and then go about my business.

Journaling in Notion Throughout the Day

After that section are the health and habit trackers that I mentioned before. Since they're pretty complex and hard to explain, I will do separate videos on them instead of going into them in depth now.

Following that is a brain dump section where I, wouldn't you know it, braindump throughout the day.

notion braindump

If it's something that feels relevant to the time of day that it is, I will put a timestamp in the note using a TextExpander shortcut. I can just type ";time." But if it doesn't feel relevant, I don't do that.

This section is just for any more traditional journaling, like lists or sentences that I need to get out of my brain throughout the day.

Want to set up your own Notion bullet journal?

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Notion Linked Databases

Pretty much everything after that is a linked database from the other Notion bullet journal collections.

notion linked databases

I've got the health and habit trackers, which I've already mentioned. I've got a writing word count tracker, a work journal, and finally a wins progress log.

Notion Evening Review

Finally, my daily review section in between the linked databases is a checklist for my evening review. This is of all of the just digital decluttering stuff that I want to do before I go screen free for the rest of the night.

notion evening review

The first step of that is updating stats I'm tracking here in this spread, in my physical bullet journal, and in Exist.io and RescueTime, both of which I talk about in my productivity tools for 2021 roundup.

So after I review my personal stats for the day, I look at my two Notion inboxes, the two different places that I kind of dumped and clip new content to in notion throughout the day.

The first of those is my regular inbox for tasks and thoughts that come to me, stuff that I'm getting out of my own brain. And second is my content curation inbox, for things like articles to read, videos to watch, basically stuff from other people's brains.

And then, I don't do this daily since it's part of my weekly review as well, but sometimes I review my tasks database in a similar way.

Then the final thing that I do is to plan for tomorrow by looking over my tasks database for anything due tomorrow, and looking at my calendar.

Other Notion Bullet Journal Collections

If a collection from my overall digital bullet journal index isn't included in this daily review template, it's because I already know that I don't update it enough to warrant it being built into the template I use every day.

But during this daily review section, in addition to filling out this daily journaling template, I will also go into any other dashboards or collections that I have in my Notion dashboard and review them if I feel the need to.

The Daily Scorecard

Now, based on all the information that I inputted into those different areas, I can scroll to the top and see that report card that I mentioned earlier, all filled out and beautiful.

notion daily scorecard details

It pulls in my sleep score from my health tracker, my productivity score from RescueTime, my word count pulled in from my writing tracker, and a habit rating based on the habit tracker.

Then there are also some other fields in here that connected to things like what entertaining or educational content I consumed that day, a highlight, and a photo if I took one.

This all makes the different fields up in the top section an amazing overview of my day.

And it's not only useful in this context, it also then gets pulled into my weekly and monthly spreads as well, through this connection to my weekly spreads.

It just makes everything really easy to review.

Want to set up your own Notion bullet journal?

I made a free Notion template for you based on the one I talk about this post! Click below to duplicate your copy.

Building a Consistent Review Habit

I was always someone that struggled with remembering to just kind of look over things that didn't necessarily need to to be changed.

But this practice really has me consistently looking over important in the areas of my life once a day.

And I love it.

And the Notion daily review template in my Notion bullet journal makes it all possible.

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