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Ultra-Streamlined Style for bullet journal

I might have a little time here and there to do creative designs with my journal. But usually I just need it to help manage the day. What's the fastest way to manage a bullet journal? As with many things in life, it depends. Let me offer an overview of the Universal Journal ultra-streamlined style.


The Universal Journal style intends to help you spend as little time as possible setting up and using your bullet journal. It's counter productive to get burned out on a tool that's supposed to help you avoid burning out. This graphic recaps the basics. Check out some other posts on the topic. Bullet Journal Ultra-StreamlinedEfficient workflowDecluttering your JournalStreamlined Color CodingPrintables
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Bullet Journal, Ultra-Streamlined

Did you make a note and still forget? So you realize you need a system. Did you try a system that just didn't work for you? So did I. But when I tried the Bullet Journal system I kept it minimalist and it worked. While the capabilities of the bullet journal system are impressive, one of the best features is its customizability. If you don't want to spend hours preparing an organizational method that's supposed to save you time, keep reading.

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Over at the official BulletJournal.com you'll see a short video describing the basics of the Bullet Journal method. There are also some good technique ideas on their blog.

You can search on Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, and many other places to find ideas for your journal. There are a lot of ideas to personalize your journal that look great. But for those who want a quick, streamlined way to set up your Bullet Journal, and don't need it to be an expressive space, you're in the right place.

Style Basics

What is the ultra-streamlined style? Essentially, it's an approach to bullet journaling intended to minimize the time to set up and use the method. Some tips for the ultra-streamlined style:
  • avoid using unnecessary tools (extra tools require extra time to use)
  • avoid drawing lines when space can be used instead
  • write no more than necessary (purely functional use)
The ultra-streamlined style is all about quick and easy, both for set up and for using your journal. If you don't have a lot of time or don't want to spend a lot of time on maintaining your journal, this blog is for you. If you keep it simple enough to stay the course, you'll enjoy bullet journaling for a long time. Check out this short set up of an ultra minimalist monthly log.

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  1. Thank you for making this blog. I enjoy your minimalist style and the concise posts you make. The printouts have also been very helpful to me and I'm just starting out with bulleting. The only thing I would wish for is more pictures of your examples and journal. It's sometimes hard to make out smaller details and also get a bigger picture overview of how it looks. Thanks again for putting your work out there!

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    1. Glad you like the blog! I'll post more photos as soon as I can.

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