Your bullet journal doesn’t have to be a collection of artwork and over the top lettering. Sometimes simple is better, that’s why I created a series dedicated to minimal bullet journal layouts/spreads.
With this series, you can choose ideas that appeal to you. With this first series, I included a minimalistic approach for the initial setup including; index, key, and future log.
If you like adding color, doodles, and lettering you can still use these layouts. Just create the minimal layout and add in your own flavor. Think of this as your bullet journal template!
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For those of you, that like using an index in your bullet journal here’s a simple option for you. Some bullet journals have a preprinted index in the front which is really nice! It saves so much time, it’s even better if your pages are already numbered so you don’t have to sit their numbering each page!
If you’re looking for a bullet journal with a preprinted index page consider the Scribbles that Matter Bullet Journal. This journal also has numbered pages, a pre-printed key, and a pen test page! It comes in numerous colors and the A5 comes in two different styles. The Iconic Version and the Pro Version (the main difference between the two is the doodles on the front of the Iconic version).
With this journal index, I decided to number each page in the monthly spread (under the name of the month). I did this just to have a quick reference to a given page for that month. If you want to save room on your index page or you don’t want to write all of that (I don’t blame you) just list the month and the pages for that month. In this case page 4-9.
The key is a great page for those of you who like writing a lot of appointments, tasks, events, and more. I really. like using a key when it comes to daily and weekly logs. Remember, a key page is optional and you can change the icons to fit your style and needs. I haven’t been using a key in my current bullet journal, but I plan to start again.
The future log is one of my favorite pages because it’s easy to list upcoming events for the upcoming months. In your bullet journal you setup your months as they come (not all 12 months at once). With the future log, you can list events, birthdays, holidays, appointments, and more. You can add these events to your monthly log (or weekly/daily) as they come.
Each month I add a cover page so I can separate my upcoming month from my previous. I kept this page simple, and easy to read. This is usually the start of crazy artwork and lettering in bullet journals for a lot of people, but you won’t find that here. (For those of you who want to add a personal touch to your pages you can start here).
Another simple yet functional page. This is the monthly calendar (or monthly log), I like to use this page for a quick view of coming events I have for the month. This page helps me schedule future events easily because I can see the whole month at once without having to flip through pages. I also created a little section for notes, in case I need to quickly jot something down.
For my weekly calendar/log I like to add more detail for upcoming events. Like appointment times, location, what to bring, and more. Even when I create more elaborate layouts I like to keep this page a little more simple so I have more space to write. Finding space through all the doodles and lettering isn’t practical if you want to add designs on this page go for it! Just remember to not go overboard.
I don’t use a budget page every month but I figured this would be good for those of you who like to keep up with finances in their bullet journal. It’s simple, large lettering, and easy to read. You can add in more sections to this page or eliminate some that you don’t need.
Here are a few things to consider when creating your budget page in your bullet journal:
- Fixed Monthly Expenses: Fixed expenses are those monthly bills you expect each month that doesn’t necessarily change in amount. (Example: rent, and car payment)
- Variable Monthly Expenses: The cost of variable expense can vary by month, you can control these expenses. (Example: groceries, eating out, and clothes)
- Savings Balance and Goal
- Remaining balance at the end of the month.
Brain dump pages are usually pretty simple no matter what your style is. Even when I create elaborate monthly spreads this page is so minimal.
A goals page is a pretty personal thing, we all have different goals. This one is easy to read because the text is large and easy to read. You can list as many or little goals as you’d like.
Thanks for checking out these bullet journal examples, use them as shown above or build on the foundation to make it your own. Remember bullet journaling isn’t about the artwork or lettering, it’s about productivity. Eliminate things that waste your time or hold you back from fulfilling your potential. This doesn’t mean you HAVE TO keep your bullet journal simple, it means you should weigh the benefits of both layouts. If you’re busy keep it simple, if you have more time make it more elaborate.
Want to add a little color to your monthly spread? Check out my Sunflower Bullet Journal Setup HERE.