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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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Sleek minimalist functional bullet journal

Since the Bullet Journal method can accommodate just about anything you need, there is always the question of WHAT you need. Should I try to keep EVERYTHING in my journal or not?

sleek minimalist functional bullet journal

As the Universal Journal style strives for a maximum efficiency in journaling, that goes beyond the design of your layouts. Your approach to using your journal is, of course, to suit your needs. But there is often a difference between a need and a desire.

Using tools and spending hours drawing layouts isn't for everyone. Some of us just don't have the time for that. You may be putting in more effort than you actually need to. Delegating your work is a valuable part of being efficient.

Do I need movie or TV show lists in my bullet journal? No, but I do this anyway. Do I need to keep a record of some multi-step task at work? Yes, but I don't keep that in my bullet journal. I keep that information in the most appropriate place - at work. My work stuff is kept on a work computer as much as possible. My blog stuff, even notes to myself, is kept mainly in the blog itself, digitally. I often transfer ideas from my journal to the blog, but I don't keep a running list for it in my journal.

If I don't need it IN my journal I try not to put it there. Tasks, reminders, ideas I'm working on (even work, side business, or blog ideas that are transferred later), appointments, and stuff like that are kept in my journal. Some of it is migrated elsewhere later. Most of my life is still recorded there. If I can delegate a task elsewhere, where it still belongs, I do.

Aside from efficiency, I also need to keep a record of some stuff. Obviously, work procedures should be kept at work where they are available for anyone else who may need them. And I don't have to reproduce such information when I move to a new notebook, since it's still recorded elsewhere.

With efficiency as a goal, less is more. Check out the Univeral Journal ultra-streamlined style.

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