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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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Notemarks - note bookmarks

In the Bullet Journal method, it helps to have the current Monthly and Daily modules bookmarked. If your journal doesn't have built-in bookmarks, or if you want something more versatile than ribbon bookmarks, I've created Notemarks, the note bookmarks as a free download.

bullet journal notemarks note bookmarks free printable

Take notes of your current book and keep them as a bookmark while you read. Or use as a journaling bookmark with important or regular reminders.

Notemarks are a multi-purpose tool. While Notemarks serve as a normal bookmark they also provide a migrating notepad, a minimal notepad that goes where ever you move it in your book. Use Notemarks for migrating monthly lists (such as a monthly module bookmark), weekly lists (such as a daily module bookmark), an anchor for sticky notes, keep your journal icon key handy, and keep a running list of notes while reading that novel or scholarly text, and more.

The four-column layout of Notemarks can be customized to your wishes for note taking on various projects. These pages can be cut and folded to your liking.

This set includes 4 double sided sheets of Notemarks and two pages of instructions with a fold/cut example. Print double-sided for best results. Also, if you just want some dot grid paper, print only those select sheets. Download for free.

Watch the video on Notemarks or find some other ideas.


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