Minimalist Bullet Journal

A minimalist bullet journal can help you save time and money. Many people struggle to use their bullet journals regularly. Some say they don’t have enough time to set aside to work on their journal every day (or even every week).

There are two kinds of minimalist bullet journals. One is to *almost* completely forgo the creation of layouts and simply use the bullet journal method – daily rapid loggingmonthly logs, using the index to keep track of collections, etc.

The other way to do a minimalist bullet journal is to create layouts with a minimalist aesthetic. If you’re a designer or simply appreciate the uncluttered look of ample white space, well then a minimalist bullet journal might be your jam.

And you’ll probably love this video where Chloe walks you through as she sets up her minimalist bullet journal:

Benefits of a minimalist bullet journal

One of the most significant benefits of the minimalist bujo is that the time spent setting up pages is kept to a minimum.

By not spending too much time planning, creating, or stressing about your bullet journal layouts, you can actually just get them done quickly and have a LOT more time to actually do all the things you planned to get done.

You’ll also save money if you adapt a minimalist bujo philosophy, by only investing in the essentials. No washi tapes, no stickers, no markers, no huge-mongo collection of pens. Just use your favorite notebook and your favorite pen or pencil.

Minimalist bullet journals have a huge fan base on Instagram. Try searching hashtags like #minimalist

My favorite notebook is this one with velvety white paper that perfectly matches my correction tape. If you love the tactile qualities of bullet journaling, you must try using a fountain pen with it.

As a beginner, I find that the original bullet journal is best for me. It’s not fancy or flashy, it’s just there to do its job, plus it has all of Ryder’s instructions listed in the back of it.

Another benefit of keeping a minimalist bullet journal is that you can easily pack all your bujo supplies with you in a backpack or even a purse. So it’s more convenient.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE24 September Bullet Journal Layouts & Themes You’ll LOVE

Minimalist bullet journal layouts

Creating a minimalist aesthetic can be a struggle. The key is not simply in knowing what your minimum journaling needs are (in terms of supplies and usage), but rather giving yourself limits to work within.

By limits, I mean choosing a color palette, selecting a style of lettering or even a font that you’ll use consistently, etc. And any additional visual elements you’ll use, as decoration or design, should also be limited in quantity and not over-done.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have to make your journal only using a single black pen. Further down in this post I’ll show ya some minimalist bullet journal layouts that incorporate color, texture, and mixed materials.

Focus on Minimalist Design

I am a huge fan of Yukiko Sakamura’s planner-related YouTube videos. She’s always coming up with great tips on how to be more productive with your planning and journaling, which I love.

This example from her Instagram page focuses on function an keeps things orderly without fussing over perfectionism. It’s a good way to bullet journal if you have a lot of tasks you want to get done!

Minimalist Bullet Journal Trackers

To make minimalist bullet journal trackers, there are a few ways you can do it. This one is great for tracking something just want to do every day, or to track your progress in something that has a finite number of segments to complete – for example, chapters in a book, or shows in a TV series.

If you want a minimalist bullet journal tracker with lots of different things tracked, it’s pretty easy to convert the first method I mentioned above into a grid-like format like this.

Minimalist Bullet Journal Monthly Cover Pages

Focus on Typographic Elements

This cover page looks elegant and is actually so easy to create. I used a printable of this font to trace the letter. Then I used a ruler to draw the lines and added my calendar dates.

Focus on Geometric Elements

by Monochromatic Majic

This minimalist monthly cover page was created using only a black pen. Strong geometric shapes like squares, circles, and triangles reinforce a clean minimalistic look.

Minimalist Ideas

Here’s an example of how uniform handwriting really helps to create a cleaner page. If you want to improve your handwriting, the key is to practice. And when you practice, slow down. Try to perfect each letter over and over. Even as you write sentences, don’t rush. Eventually, your handwriting will get better.

Ryder Carroll’s original bullet journal instructions are the perfect fall-back for going minimal.

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