We all know the satisfaction of marking something as DONE!! Phew, it’s completed, finished, done and dusted. Today we are going to explore this process in much more detail. We will analyse ten different ways to mark a task as done….let me know which one speaks to you!



NO 1 – THE STANDARD

This is the nice, normal, ‘keep it neat’, box ticking. Just using the one black pen for the whole process of writing the task and ticking it off. It uses the bullet space, so creating the box is minimal fuss. This person is about function and practicality.

NO 2 – THE STRIKER

This is a much much loved method for marking off tasks. People have told me they just love that feeling of drawing the line through the task. I guess it is like they have conquered it! Again, it is somewhat simple too, just the one pen needed. This person is on a mission and wants to win!

NO 3 – THE TRADITIONAL

I call this one the traditional because I think this one is the closest to the original bullet journal method. It involves using a key to mark this off in different ways. It’s super simple, but I feel when you have a list of tasks with different markings like this, it can have a very organised, neat aesthetic. This person is very efficient.

NO 4 – THE STAND OUT

This one is my personal preference. I LOVE my highlighters. I have many different colours and I use a different one for each day. When a task is completed it is very visible. It adds an extra dimension to just a one colour pen. This person is a little extra but still controlled.

NO 5 – THE BEAUTIFUL

This is a beautiful aesthetic. We have moved away from conforming to the box space and creating our own space – the circle. We have some colour, but it’s not messy, or overdone. It creates a tidy and pretty list, we really want to get those ticks into those circles. This person is creative.

NO 6 – THE UNIQUE

Why is this unique? We are not going to be tied to using a bullet point if we don’t need one. We are not going to stick to black or highlighter colours. We will use whatever colour we want. This is a no nonsense task list! This person is independent and direct.

NO 7 – THE PURE

This is a very pure aesthetic. Ticks are necessary here, just a simple box and a simple colour in. Maybe this is one you use if you have a colour code system. How pretty and uncluttered this list will appear. This person is neat, simple and organised.

NO 8 – THE FUNCTIONAL

This is a complete no-fuss, ‘I got the job done’, kind of ticking. This one isn’t focused so much on aesthetics. This is a very practical, no unnecessary extras, kind of list. This is likely the method used if you have written a list on a memo and are working through it at speed, ticking as you go…done…done…done. This person is practical and function focused.

NO 9 – THE MINIMAL

No bullet point, no box, no circle, no colour. This is definitely the most minimal style of ticking that there can be. Nothing but your task, and your tick. This would look beautiful if you have a completely black ink bullet journal and keep it minimal, with just lines, and patterns, rather that doodles and drawings. This person is elegant and a perfectionist.

NO 10 – THE CRAZY

The complete opposite of No. 9, this is super extra. No black, this is an all colour list. This is the kind of list that probably each task is written in a different colour and there will be doodles all over the page. The more colourful the better for this kind of list..just go all out! This person is eclectic and bubbly.

So…..which one spoke to you. Which is your tick style? I found this post really fun to do. There are many different styles of bullet journalists out there, and sharing differences is something that is fascinating to me. Please let me know if there is any other styles of marking tasks as done that I missed out on here. Until the next post…