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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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Floating Lists are Easy and Disposable

Since efficiency is the goal of the ultra-streamlined style, consider disposable or floating lists using Post-It notes. One thing about the ultra-streamlined approach is to reduce the burden of maintenance so I don't mind affiliating with a supplier who can deliver these just about anywhere in the world, even those who don't have easy access to an office supply store.

easy disposable floating lists for bullet journal

With a few post-it or mini post-it notes kept in your journal (perhaps in the front or back cover) you'll have easy access to a disposable item. You can also use a Notemark (free printable) as a post-it caddie (as in the photo above).

Disposable Notes

Need to give someone a quick note? A sticky note should suffice. Want something more sophisticated? Try a business card.

How about a short shopping list you don't need to write in your bullet journal? Keep it on the outer cover of your journal for easy reference while shopping, and dispose later.

With disposable notes you'll have an easy throw-away method of temporary information without having to dismember your journal or waste space.

Floating Notes

Want a floating note for yourself in your journal? Maybe you need to highlight a reminder; try a post-it note. Maybe you have a task to finish but must wait on another party to complete a portion of it first (such as a medical follow up). A floating note can remind you of the task, prompt you to follow up with the other party, and can migrate from day to day, week to week, or what ever your time table is simply moving moving the sticky note. The Notemark (free printable) is the easiest way to keep up with floating notes if you use it as a daily/weekly bookmark.

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