Minimal Bullet Journal Setup

At the beginning of 2017, I hopped on the bullet journal bandwagon in attempts to get my life together. So far, it’s working.

I would always buy planners and end up not using them because the layout just didn’t fit with my needs. I had a planner for schoolwork scheduling, a notebook for tracking healthy habits, one for regular journalling…the list goes on. I ended up abandoning those half-filled notebooks by the end of the year and tossing my money out the window.


– monthly spread –

I like this style better than the typical calendar view. Not only does drawing out a calendar take significantly more time than this method, but I find a calendar filled with appointments looks too ‘busy’ for my liking.

The lefthand page functions as the calendar where I list events, work tasks, and appointments as necessary. This is also where I schedule workouts in…because if it’s not scheduled, it’s not happening.

The righthand page functions as my monthly to-do list: things that need to be done but haven’t necessarily been assigned to a specific day/week yet.

– weekly spread –

On the righthand side is my weekly to-do list plus a small section my daily healthy habits to quickly check off. In case you’re wondering what all those little symbols mean…

  • Drink 2L of water/day
  • Train 4x/week (at least)
  • Daily B12 & D3 supplements
  • Read and/or listen to at least one inspiring or self-growth piece per da

On the lefthand page I have my week set up planner-style.

I like to work in batches of three each day – setting MIT’s or “most important tasks” to be completed, which are taken from my weekly to-do list. I focus my energy on completing these three tasks and if I have time, I will move on to whatever is next on my weekly list. This is a habit that I adapted from The Power of Less by Leo Babauta.

My bullet journal weekly and monthly spread are nothing special, but I truly believe that less is more if you’re trying to use it to be more productive. For more ideas on a minimal approach, visit the original Bullet Journal website.

I’d love to hear what you use your bullet journal for. Join the bullet journal conversation over on Instagram and maybe upload a photo of your own spread – be sure to tag me @JOCELYNNEFLOR so I can see!



What is a bullet journal?

A bullet journal is simply a journal but instead of lined pages, the pages are either dotted or have a grid. I use the Leuttchurm 1917 A5 notebook in black.

What can I use it for?

Anything and everything! It can be your planner for school, a healthy habit tracker, a creative outlet – or it can be all of those things plus a million more. I personally use it as a blog schedule merged with a healthy habit tracker.

The beauty of having blank pages is that you can tailor it completely to your own needs.

Isn’t it time consuming/counterproductive?

Yes and no. If you google ‘bullet journal’ the first thing you’ll see are the really fancy and artistic spreads. Those can get time-consuming and defeat the purpose of the bullet journal if you’re using it to save time and organize your life.

Take time to play around with different spreads and figure out what works best for you.

But I’m not artistic at all! Can I still bullet journal?

YES YOU CAN! I’ve tried the fancy lettering and elaborate designs and I’m not good at them. Plus, ain’t nobody got time for that.

2 thoughts on “Minimal Bullet Journal Setup

  1. I love the idea! Thanks for explaining how it works, I’ve been wondering about bullet journals ever since I saw them in some of your Instagram posts. From my point of view, it seems it’d be hard to keep the journal neat and organized. My go-to planner exists only in an Excel sheet, I guess I wouldn’t want to scratch all over an actual notebook and leave it looking messy. Kudos to you though, for having found something that works for you and keeps you productive! 🙂


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