Being a stationery hoarder I have plenty of highlighters but found myself not really using them… so set about trying some spreads with highlighters!
1. Highlighted Lines
Stands out more than just leaving the pages blank:
The best highlighters for doing this are fat tip ones like the Stabilo Boss, Faber Castell and Luxor Textliner.
2. Color coding by day
3. Color coding by week
Especially on a monthly calendar:
4. Habit tracking
5. Color coded lists
For this you can use the end of the highlighter to create the thin line but it’s easier with dual tip highlighters. One of my favorite dual tips are the Tombow Kei Coat – very bright colors and they have a plastic thing around the highlighter end to keep it straight. More of my favorite dual tips in this post.
A cheaper dual tip is the Daiso twin tip:
7. Heading / Divider
For bold headings, instead of a standard gel or ballpoint pen, try the Uni Pin Fine Line (or any marker pen). This is the 0.8 tip:
8. AM / PM
Lighter shade for AM and darker shade of the same color for PM.
I used the Uni Promark eye fluoresent in light blue and the Zebra Sparky-1 for the dark blue. For the days of the week I used the BLOT gel pen (similar to the papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm) which is one of my all time favorite pens.
Another option instead of highlighters is to use the Tombow Brush Pens
Just be careful when ruling lines – they can smear:
More bullet journal inspiration
- Setting up a new month in my bullet journal (minimalist style)
- 12 Planner Layout Ideas for Monthly Habit Tracking in Your Bullet Journal
- Travel planning in a bullet journal
- DIY Tutorial: How to Print and Assemble Your Own Planner
- Favorite erasable highlighters for planning
- 6 Ways to color code your planner to increase productivity
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