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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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The ultimate minimalist weekly spread

To weekly or not to weekly, that is the question for some. For others, the question is how to weekly. Earlier posts on this blog featured some streamlined weekly spreads and some elegant weekly layouts all of which are minimalist and easy to implement. In this installment I've got something for you creatives and something for you functionalists.

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Creative

For those who like to create your own weekly spreads, Emily Tarver has a video featuring 5 minimalist and 5 not-so minimalist weekly spreads for your inspirational pleasure. The first five designs can be created more quickly than the latter five. Check out this 9 minute video where she explains as she writes out these 10 weekly spread ideas.


Ultimate Minimalist Weekly Spread

For you functionalists, for whom minimalism is a priority, I found this amazing weekly spread at the Facebook group Bullet Journal Junkies. As we functionalists know, minimal effort, time, and maintenance is key in this approach to bullet journaling. One user in the Bullet Journal Junkies group posted a photo of a reusable weekly spread.

This brilliant concept combines two ideas mentioned here before. Earlier posts mentioned up-front spreads when starting a new journal, making it easy to find something I plan to frequently reference, and disposable floating lists which are very easy to work with. I don't use weekly spreads at this time so it never occurred to me to put these two things together in this way. This reusable spread features nothing more than a frame for sticky notes.

bullet journal minimalist weekly spread post it notes

What could be more minimalist in the bullet journal system than writing something only once yet get repeated use out of it? A reusable spread is a fantastic idea! Post-It notes are so easy to apply and after a week you replace them, if you don't need to keep a record of your weeklies.

I'm a little paranoid about using long term sticky notes as eventually the adhesive wears out or something else could cause them to fall out, especially if there repeated flipping back and forth between pages. But for a short term thing, like a weekly list, this is perfect. I hope you don't mind clicking an affiliate link.

If you want to add a splash of color, the sticky notes are already designed to do that for you. No colored markers required.

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Not everyone uses a weekly log in their bullet journal. For those who do, here are three variants on one streamlined design. Each is an elegant 6 column spread with plenty of room for daily tasks an ample space for other information.


Variant 1: by kerrystudies on tumblr

Variant 2: by northernplanner on instagram

Variant 3: by u/ghostsco on reddit

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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 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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