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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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Ultra-Streamlined Style Part 4

The Future Log is a great idea the bullet journal method uses to keep track of events or tasks beyond the current month. In this installment of the Ultra-Streamlined Style series, we'll cover the Alistair method, found on the official bulletjounal.com website.

bullet journal minimalist future log

In this design, six columns on the outer margin of the page are reserved for months. In this case, six months are logged on the left page of the future log, and six months logged on the right page. When writing a date, simply place a dot in the appropriate month in the margin space and write the details in that same row to the right of the months area. Finding a date is quick and simple, making it easy to copy events from the future log to the monthly module it pertains to.

bullet journal future log

A commenter on that original post offers a variation using less space. Rather than multiple columns, a single column can do the same job. Instead of using dots, write number of the month. So when you're setting up September's monthly module, just scan the future log for all dates with a 9 next to them.

Also, you can reserve a blank column to separate the month numbers from the event details. That way you don't even need to use a straight edge or draw a line. You can also see a way to work in the future log to your general bullet journal workflow.

Got any other streamlined future log ideas? Comment here. Check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 for streamlined ideas on the monthly module.

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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 Lulu.com Any print on demand service will be limited compared to a traditional printer. As capable as Lulu.com 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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