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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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Practical stickers for your bullet journal

Those who have used printouts for your journal know the value in reducing set up time. Since the Universal Journal style strives for an ultra-efficient way of bullet journaling, let's take a closer look at another trick for reducing upkeep time in journaling: stickers.

practical bullet journal stickers

If you're in the habit of drawing highly creative layouts or attention getters in your journal but want to try something less time consuming, consider using stickers as a substitute. The following are functionally minded stickers (with affiliate links) which I think could serve you well in your bullet journal.

1. Simple Elephant

The Simple Elephant Productivity Planner stickers. These stickers are a premium for functionality. They feature event stickers, flag stickers, call outs, and calendar tabs. Almost 400 stickers in this set.
simple elephant productivity planner stickers

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2. Weekly Planning

Next is a black and gold set of Weekly Planning stickers including almost 600. It's a fantastic collection of productivity stickers.

black and gold weekly planning stickers

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3. Educator's Planner

These Creative Teaching Press Lesson Planner Stickers include more than 850 stickers for the bullet journaling educator. A collection of many various, sundry stickers for any number of events and assignments.
teacher educator bullet journal lesson plan stickers
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4. For the students

Apart from using stickers in your journal, many teaches know very well incentive stickers are a great tool for dealing with children. Check out these Purple Ladybug Novelty Teacher stickers. This collection includes almost 5000 stickers.
teacher stickers for students
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5. Simple Dots

Sometimes a few simple stickers is all you need, especially if you're going for a minimalist journal. This three color set of Color Coding Dot Stickers of black, red, and the white stickers make for perfect custom labels. This is set includes 1500 stickers measuring .75 inches.
color coded dot stickers
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6. Monthly Calendar Tabs

Need a micro monthly sticker tab for your bullet journal? Try the 15 month Cordliya Calendar Monthly Tab Stickers. This set features February 2018 through April 2019.

monthly tab calendar stickers
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So if you're looking for ways to reduce the time investment in maintaining or setting up your journal I hope you find some of these sticker sets useful. It would be good to update this post with more options. If you know of a sticker set that would fit well with this list please comment here. And be sure to subscribe!


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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.

Not everyone needs a pocket in their journal. If you want a pocket but don't have one, here is a very simple method using one Legal or A4 size sheet of paper and double-sided tape. (Affiliate links included.)

The Universal Journals are printed by Any print on demand service will be limited compared to a traditional printer. As capable as 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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