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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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One bullet journal or two?

One journal or multiple journals at the same time? That's the question. Some people experiment with more than one journal to separate the different dimensions of their lives. Even the bullet journal originator, Ryder Carroll, has tried this (see below for his video).

bullet journal discussion one notebook or two

I like having a notebook with me, a real paper notebook. But I don't want to carry around more than one journal. Lugging around multiple items is problematic enough for someone trying adopt a minimalist lifestyle, but trying to remember which notebook has what information seems to defeat that purpose. So how else can one separate the different dimensions of life but do so in an easy, streamlined way? Color.

I use three colors in my bullet journal. I tried keeping three different implements but that was contrary to my desire for minimalism. The cheap multi-color pens are easy enough to find but I'm not really a fan of those. They are not particularly attractive and are more bulky than I prefer. If I'm going to continue doing the bullet journal it needs to be fun and visually appealing. Eventually I found a solution that worked for me.

The pen I use, the Evolt 2+1, is a sleek 3-color pen produced by Pilot with an easy twist mechanism. As far as Pilot pens go it's cheap, but it does the job I need it to perfectly well so I don't mind recommending it in an affiliate link. It has two ink slots and one mechanical pencil. You can get any number of pen or ink colors. This 3 color scheme can be used several ways in your bullet journal.

I like being able to try different ink colors and different ink formulas - the traditional ballpoint type ink, or gel, or a hybrid of the two. I've addressed the pen and my color system previously. In the post on streamlined color coding I addressed the calendar system and tracker system I use with this three color pen. I also touched on pen refills.

If you're thinking of separating brain/life spaces with color, click the link above. If you're considering separate journals, here's Ryder Carroll's video on the same idea.

 
If you have legal reasons for keeping a separate work journal, that seems to settle the question for you automatically doesn't it?

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