How to Use OneNote Templates Easily Dress Up Your Bullet Journal

templatesLast week I shared how I converted to a digital bullet journal using OneNote. It was one of my most popular posts, so I’ve decided to share a series of OneNote how-tos. I am so happy I made the change to a digital bullet journal, and I haven’t looked back. I’d like to share with you more details on how I made the switch, and make it easier for you if you make the switch to digital. Today’s topic: how to add templates to your pages.

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Why Use Templates?

There are a ton of beautiful hand-drawn bullet journal layouts on Pinterest and Instagram. When I kept a paper bullet journal, it never looked like that. I didn’t want to put a ton of time into it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it. Plus I don’t have that kind of talent. So my journal was simple and plain. When I switched to OneNote, I found that using their templates made my pages pretty with minimal time and effort. That was perfect for me. Check out a couple of examples showing how I use templates in my OneNote bullet journal.

This is my daily chore chart. All I had to was choose my template and add a table.


This one shows my sleep chart. I love the floral design but I would never be able to do this myself.

How Do You Add Templates?

When you choose a template, it will automatically add a new page to whatever notebook you’re in. So start by navigating to the notebook where you’d like to add a new page. Then follow the steps in the screenshots below to add your template.

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I’m in my month view for June. I want to add a new page with a template.


Next I click on “Insert” on the top ribbon and choose “Page Templates.” I click on the drop down that is also called “Page Templates.”


A panel will open on the right with several categories to choose from. I picked “Decorative.” From that drop down menu, I chose the template “Books.”


And this is the newly inserted page, with an awesome template that only took me a couple of minutes to set up. Now I just have to fill it in with whatever I want!

The only downside is that you can’t add templates to an existing page. So if I have a page I want to add a template to, I simply add a new page with the template I want, and then copy to the new page.

Do you use a digital bullet journal, or do you prefer paper? What’s your favorite feature? Share in the comments below, then read more:

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