This is now my fourth year using a bullet journal and I love it! Over the years, my style has gone from busy and colorful to simple and classic. I know we, bullet journal enthusiasts, enjoy getting a sneak peek into others’ journals, so I’ve decided to share my minimalist bullet journal with you.
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When I first heard about bullet journals, I was quickly enthralled. I remember the day I went to Target to buy my first dotted Moleskine and then found the closest coffee shop where I sat for hours setting it up.
I was so prepared with colored pencils and multi-colored pens and, by the time I was done, my bullet journal was a colorful mess… and I loved it!
However, as time went by, I realized how much time it took and how neglected my bullet journal had become because I just didn’t have the time to color-code everything and create elaborate spreads. So instead of leaving my bullet journal behind, I decided to take a different approach – minimalism!
I went from using 10+ colors to using one silver pen and one gold pen and then, eventually, to just one black pen. My elaborate displays became more practical and what I was left with is a bullet journal that is simple, beautiful, and practical.
The Set Up
I’ve set up my bullet journal for with monthly spreads and daily spreads.
I used weekly spreads for a while, but then realized that they simply don’t contain enough space for me to organize everything that I need to get done in a week. I’ve found that Trello works better for my big-picture organizing.
Monthly Bullet Journal Spreads
I like to start out each month with a simple cover page. It certainly isn’t necessarily, but I enjoy marking the beginning of each month and personalizing my journal in this way.
Each month, I take some time to think through my goals for the month.
Some months, I evaluate the 10 main areas of my life and use my evaluation to develop my goals.
Other months, I simply list out my goals for the month.
My monthly habit tracker is probably my favorite spread in my bullet journal.
Each month, I simply create a chart and list out my goals/habits for the month. Then, each morning, I take a minute to mark how I did the day before and remind myself to do each of the tasks that day.
My daily spreads are simply a running list of my tasks for the day.
I use the traditional bullet journal system for recording tasks and migrating them when they aren’t completed.
One Last Note
As you can see, I keep things simple with my bullet journal.
For me, it’s most important that my bullet journal is a fast, easy system that I can use to keep me on track each day. (Although, it’s also important to me that it’s beautiful; I just stick to simple illustrations now.)
I want to see your minimalist bullet journal! If you keep a bullet journal (minimalist or not), share a photo of your journal on my Facebook page!