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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-Streamlined Efficient workflow Decluttering your Journal Streamlined Color Coding Printables Thanks for visiting Universal Journal. Got any minimalist ideas you'd like to share with the rest of us? Please comment here.

Bookmarks as Bullet Journal Hack

Some of the free printables offered here at Universal Journal can be combined to suit different needs. Let's look at combining the calendar with the Notemarks (the note bookmarks) printable.

The Notemarks sheets are meant to be printed front and back, creating a dot grid bookmark ideal for notes of all sorts. Whether single column, folded, or doubled folded, these notemarks serve as a base for the calendar printable as well. For those who want floating notes that you can use on a monthly basis, this combo makes a quick way to create this sort of tool for yourself.

First, gather the calendar printable and cut out the pertinent month, and print out one of the notemark pages (front and back).

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

Next, since most people would use a thin book mark the notemark page will need to be folded. First, fold in half by the long edge.

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

Fold the notemark again lengthwise. Alternatively you could cut the notemark page in half along the first fold, then fold the half page in half once more. You can make yourself two notemarks if you wish.

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

For the last step, attach the calendar to the notemark. I used double-sided tape.

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

With this set up you'll have a multipaneled bookmark.

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

I didn't cut the notemark in this example, it's just a quad folded sheet.

Notemarks monthly bookmark hack

The calendar and the Notemarks printables are free to use as you wish. If you've got any other ideas for how to combine printables for bullet journal let the rest of us know below in the comments.

Megan over at has a similar idea combining a monthly calendar and a habit tracker on the same bookmark. Check out this post on this on that blog titled How to use bookmarks as a Bullet Journal Hack.


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