Bullet Journal is probably my favourite productivity tool. Not even Kidding. Read my complete guide on using BUJO as a productivity tool. And in this post I am going over some super simple BUJO setups to get you started. And trust me when I say, I was a bit skeptical at first, I mean it’s just a notebook right?
But that was before I gave Bullet journaling a try myself.
I am one of those people who have way too many notebooks. Can you guys relate? I am a stationary hoarder as my husband likes to call me. And it’s true.
I absolutely love stationary and in fact it is one of those things that I can’t resist buying. But having so many notebooks meant that I was writing different things in a lot of notebooks and it was starting to get overwhelming for me.
So I thought I will give Bullet Journalling a try. And my favourite thing that convinced me to try a Bullet journal is that you have all the freedom to do what your heart desires.
It is not limiting like Annual Planners or Agendas are, where you have a given space to write things. Bullet journal gives you that freedom to customise it according to your preference.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED:
Before we start, here are all the tools that I use for Bullet Journalling:
- This is the bullet journal I use : I really like this quality of this Menorah Bullet journal that I got from Amazon. The pen does not bleed through the pages and I love the compact size of this journal. I got this for 3rd time in a row and it is super affordable too.
- Next up is Pens: I swear by these Sakura micron Pens. Since you usually have a small space to write and I love the look of a neat and organised Bujo, I use the Sakura Micron pens. Your regular gel pens don’t quite work in bullet Journals because they take time to dry and hence are easy to smudge but these micron pens are a life saver.
- I use these sharpies for decorating my Bullet journal : I love that they are quite fine and are perfect for Bullet Journalling.
And that’s just it. I do not use a lot of fancy stuff on my Bujo because I like keeping it quite minimal. That allows me to be more focussed on the tasks that I have written in my Bullet Journal.
Although I know a lot of people go all out with the Bullet Journals with washi tapes and stencils but I think that’s a personal preference. I like keeping it simple and clean.
I also love these minimalist spreads because they are super easy and quick to make and I do not like spending hours on setting up my Bullet Journal.
Here are my favourite Minimal BUJO Spreads that you need to TRY:
This Calendar set up which is so Minimal and Clean
This is easily one of my favourite Minimal Calendar layouts to do. i did the same this year as well. It makes everything look super clean and aesthetic at the same time.
This super simple Monthly Layout Cover
I love these cover pages for months but I used to get so overwhelmed because for the longest time I didn’t know what to do with mine. That’s where minimal layouts like this one come handy. You can keep a cover page that is so simple to make and so cute at the same time. Cover pages do not have to overwhelming, guys!
This monthly Overview Layouts is so elegant and feminine
Minimal layout don’t always have to be black and white. They can be feminine and colorful too. I especially love this Monthly overview layout and I think I am going to try this one out in April. I absolutely love the touches of orange in this one.
This weekly tracker is super efficient and super cute too
I absolutely love weekly trackers and I think they are the most used trackers in my Bujo. Simply because this is where I plan out my days and write my to-dos for a given day. I also use weekly spreads to plan out my blogposts in advance, usually at the beginning of each week, which is a part of my weekly reset Routine.
This super cute and minimal Weekly Spread
I love this weekly spread because it gives you a lot of space to plan out your days and you can even plan according to time with those columns for each day. I like mixing up my weekly spreads and the fact that you can try around 4 each month is amazing. When you try out different spreads you will eventually settle on one that you find most effective for you. It is totally a matter of personal preference.
This Mood Tracker that is Simple yet Aesthetic
This super cute Mood tracker is honestly so much fun and so simple to make. It is perfect if you want to keep your Bullet Journal quite minimal and at the same time want some color. And the best part is that it will not take you hours to set up this layout.
This BuJo Habit tracker is Goals
This Habit tracker is super simple to make and goes perfectly with a Minimal Black and white Bullet journal theme. And the fact that you are not writing numbers again and again will save your hand from cramping too.
This habit tracker is so simple and easy to do
This is one of my favourite and go to layouts for habit trackers because you can see each habit separately and in one glance you can see where you were lacking in a particular month.
Books to Read Layout
I am constantly trying to read more books and one of my new year resolutions was to read at least 2 books each Month. And this books to read layout is super cute and important for me. I love writing down book recommendations on here and then select two books from the list each month. And then you can tick off the ones you have read, which is super fun. Come on! I can’t be the only one who finds ticking things off a list, FUN!
So, The basic layouts that I do for my BUJO are:
- Calendar: Year at a Glance
- Monthly Calendar
- Monthly Overview: State goals and focus for the month. I also use Monthly Overview layouts to monitor my social media stats.
- Weekly Spreads: I try different layouts and I love mixing up weekly layouts
- Books to read
- Habit Tracker
- Productivity Tools Pages
So you see, Bullet Journalling does not have to be overwhelming. And that’s the best thing. you can start with just a pretty basic Monthly or weekly spread and once you are comfortable with that you can try introducing different spreads.
So give Bullet Journalling a try. And if you do it religiously, it can be life changing. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂