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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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Free Calendar Printouts

In the Ultra-Streamlined style of journaling there are techniques and decisions to make. The goal of this style is to invest as little time and effort as possible into maintaining your journal. But what if you really need a feature that would take a long time to set up? This is one area for easy compromise.

bullet journal free calendar printables

If you need a traditional monthly calendar layout, you can include it in your journal without having to manually write it all out. Instead just print, cut, and paste. For your printing pleasure, Universal Journal presents the free annual collection of month printouts.

We offer two sets of these printouts (based on the free downloads made available by Bourja Ahmed at Dreamstime). One set includes two sheets, with 8 months on one and 4 months on the second sheet. These are small cutouts that can be pasted in a corner the page, or anywhere out of the way of your content. These work well as a monthly overview. Download the file here.

The small calendar printout is meant to be more versatile. It can be arranged as a full year spread, mixed more easily with your layout, a multi-page annual spread with space for notes, or anything else you might have in mind.

The other set includes a larger form of the calendar. These are set up with 2 months per sheet. If you need a larger visual representation of the month, this one is for you. Download the file here.

The larger calendar pretty much commands the page. Depending on your journal size, it could be combined with the smaller calendar, such as this photo showing the large current month with small preceding and following months.

As with printing anything, depending on your particular device and settings, your mileage may vary.

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DIY Add a paper pocket to your journal

Got a plain old notebook? There are plenty of options out there and you may not find one with all the features you like. But journalers are already familiar with customizing their journals and we tend to like that. Here's a super easy DIY option for a pocket.

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The Universal Journals are printed by Any print on demand service will be limited compared to a traditional printer. As capable as is (with quick turn around, worldwide availability, lots of product options for customers, and more), there are lots of things journalers might want in their Universal Journal that Lulu just can't do. At least not at this time. But this also makes for ideal customization. Make it your own.

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