13 Simple Bullet Journal Spreads for the Minimalist

Minimalist bullet Journal cover image

Perhaps you’ve already seen a lot of bullet journal spreads on Pinterest and Instagram and the designs are all beautiful and stunning but… unfortunately… too complicated for you.

Well… here’s the good news!

Bullet journaling doesn’t have to be complicated. It can still function as you want it, without all those colors and artistic designs.

Minimalist layouts don’t need fancy pens, colors or paints and no art skills are required. (Okay… you may put a little color for accent. But mostly it’s just black.)

So when creating spreads, you don’t really have to worry about designs. You can just focus on how you will use your BuJo to make your everyday life easier.

Now… without further ado… here are the minimalist BuJo spreads!


1. Daily Schedule

This is a very simple daily spread to track your tasks every hour. 

To do this, simply write the date and the day on top. Draw a line below it. Then divide your BuJo page into two. Spread the hours evenly on it. 

And that’s it! You’re ready to write down the tasks that you will complete each hour.

You can also add a not-so-obvious habit tracker on top, represented by the capital letters.

For example, in this BuJo, those letters mean:

  • E for Exercise
  • M for Meditate
  • T for Text parents
  • V for Vitamin
  • J for Journal

It’s a really simple habit tracker. No need for those squares in circles. Just a few letters and a check to indicate that you’ve completed that habit for the day.

You can also make your daily schedule look like this:

Minimalist BuJo - daily timeline
From journalspiration

Draw a block of time on the middle of the page. Then write your tasks either on the left or on the right side of the block, positioning each according to the time when you will accomplish it. 

Just draw a small square beside each task to indicate any action you’ve done on it – like when you’ve completed it or it’s still in progress.

If you only have a few tasks, you don’t have to consume the entire page of your bullet journal. Half a page will do.

Bullet Journal Minimialist - half page daily spread
From journalspiration

2. Daily Task List

Maybe you don’t want to be bound by the time of performing each task. You just want to make sure that everything you need to do gets done everyday.

If you’re this type, all you need is a task list.

Just enumerate what you will do daily.

Minimalist Bullet Journal task list on a Monday. A really very busy day!
From butfirstbujo

It’s definitely a very busy Monday!

You can add a snapshot of each day’s focus during the week to maximize the page.

If there’s a very important lesson you just learned during the day, or something keeps popping in your mind, jot these down too! Just keep them at the bottom of the page.

Minimalist bullet journal - daily task list with a space for anything that goes in your mind
From Pinterest

Now maybe there’s not much details about your tasks.

If so, you can choose to add other important things to track.

Like in this BuJo sample, the page is divided into four quadrants, namely, Tasks, Physical, Emotional/Mental and Notes.

Bullet Journal Minimalist style - task list
From Buzzfeed

While you are easily reminded of the tasks for the day,  you can track everything that is connected to your physical and emotional well-being.

Simply fill up the Physical quadrant with details like how many hours you slept, or if you’re on medication did you take it already and what time.

Indicate how you feel in the Emotional/Mental section. Did you feel stressed or happy during the day? What made you feel that way?

Use the Notes page for every little details that pops up that will need your attention later.

Now if you think these are not really necessary, just focus on writing down your tasks everyday.

Bullet Journal Minimalist Style - Daily task list only, no more no less. 3 days  in one page
From studywithinspo
minimalist bullet journal - daily task list, 2 days in one page
From cafe.studyy

If you think a little calendar will help for a quick reference, add one!

minimalist bullet journal - task list with small calendar for the month for a quick reference
From inkbyjeng

3. Weekly Spread

Need a bird’s eye view of your entire week?

You should make a weekly spread!

All you need is to write the dates of the week and you already have a weekly spread.

The month’s calendar and a space for notes are nice additions, but not really necessary.

It’s just a question of whether you prefer to have them or not. So if your time to make a spread is so little you only have a few minutes to spare to write the week’s dates, that’s completely fine.

4. Future Log

minimalist bullet journal - future log for one year
From gothamhaus

This is very easy to prepare.

On the left side of the page, make a calendar for one whole year. Then on the right side, write down the important dates you need to remember.

Continue to fill up the page with important dates as they come up throughout the year.

You can also make the calendar in one page and the events on another page, making them side by side for a quick glance.

minimalist bujo - calendar on left page and events or future log on the right

If you prefer to use one page for each month, here’s something you can copy.

minimalist bullet journal - future log for one month
From Without Elephants

Write the dates on the left side of the page. Beside, fill it up with your appointments and deadlines.

5. Meal Plan

Minimalist BuJo Spread - simple meal plan
From butfirstbujo

Just write down what you will cook everyday for breakfast, dinner, lunch and snacks.

Best to do it once a week, so that you can make a grocery list alongside with it and shop for the ingredients just once a week too.

6. Cleaning Schedule

Having trouble maintaining a clean house?

Boost your motivation by creating a list of the things you should do to keep your house clean.

minimalist bullet journal - cleaning schedule list of tasks everyday, every week and every month
From simplyproductivity

Instead of giving yourself a long list of to-dos everyday, stick to a short list like this.

It will not only motivate you, but keeping a short list keeps you focused on the few tasks at hand which you can actually do!

It’s better to have a short list of things that you actually accomplish rather than a very long list which only gets you overwhelmed. At the end of the day you could feel disappointed because some tasks still remain undone, but that’s not even because you’ve done so little, but because your list is just too much.

7. Movies to Watch List

Minimalist bullet journal - list of movies to watch
From vestiblr

This is probably the easiest to make.

If you’ve created a list before, that’s basically how it is! It’s pretty much like your daily task list.

Simply write down all the movies you are interested into. Remember to draw your symbol beside each title.

Now this setup is not restricted to a movie watchlist. You can follow this pattern when you create more lists – packing list, books to read, places to visit, date night ideas, etc.

Here’s an example of Books to Read List.

Minimalist bullet journal - list of books to read
From mishabuu

And a Songs List.

Minimalist BuJo songs list
From wannabeproductive

8. Habit Tracker

You’ve probably seen a lot of different habit trackers on Pinterest and Instagram, with all the colors and artistic strokes.

Well… good news is… your habits do not depend on how attractive your BuJo is. It depends on whether you take action or not.

So when it comes to your habit tracker, you can forget all those colors and strokes. Just focus on monitoring the habit everyday.

A simple diagonal line to symbolize a completed habit is sufficient.

minimalist bullet journal - habit tracker using diagonal lines to symbolize completing a habit

Or a dot…

minimalist bullet journal - using dots
From plananotherday
minimalist bullet journal - using dots
From Bullet Journal

Or x marks…

minimalist bullet journal - habit tracker using x marks as symbol of a completed habit
From bujo.auslife

This one’s a chores tracker, but… well… you get the idea.

9. Gratitude Log

Minimalist bullet journal - gratitude log - one thing to be thankful for everyday
From Buzzfeed

This is just like making another list.

On the left side of your Gratitude Log, write down the dates for the month.

Then, each day, ask yourself, what are you grateful for?

You don’t need a lot of answers. Just one will do. What is that one thing that you are thankful for today? Write your answer beside today’s date.

Continue to fill it up as each day passes.

And that’s it!

Just one thing may be small, but if you complete it for a year, you’ve listed 365 things to be grateful for.

And that’s awesome training to cultivate a grateful heart!

10. Travel Itinerary

Easily plan the places you want to visit with a travel itinerary.

You can be as detailed as you want, tracking everything about your travel – the date, time of departure, your destination, waypoints and distance.

In this example, a column has been created for each detail. There’s also a space for Notes for anything you want to add.

minimalist bullet journal - travel itinerary with columns
From thatbujokid

You can also do it this way.

minimalist bullet journal - travel itinerary and packing checklist
From tinyrayofsunshine

The places to visit are listed each day, with the timetable and budget. Flight information is also recorded on the flight’s day.

On the next page is a list of everything you need to bring for the trip.

I like that the packing list is just side by side with the itinerary. When you do a quick review of your packing list, and tally that with your itinerary, it is easy to determine the things you need to add to your packing list.

11. Expenses Tracker

When you’re on a tight budget, it is especially important to monitor your expenses.

List down each expense, the amount, due date, and whether it’s auto pay or not.

You don’t have to consume one page for each month. In this sample, one page is enough for three months.

minimalist bullet journal - expenses tracker
From Pinterest

12. Mood Tracker

Here’s a very easy way to track your mood!

From Pinterest

You only need to classify your mood into whether it’s positive, like when you’re happy and excited, or negative like when you are lonely and disappointed, or just plain neutral.

13. Goals for the Year

We are now on the second quarter of 2019. How time runs fast!

If you haven’t set your annual goals yet, now’s the time!

Here’s an example from 2017 and 2018.

minimalist bullet journal - goals for the year
From Pinterest
minimalist bullet journal - goals for the year
From whatevamakes

To make your goals clearer, categorize them into the different aspects of your life – Personal, Relational/Relationships, Professional/Business/Career, Health, Financial and Spiritual.

minimalist bullet journal - goals for each area of your life
From prettyprintsandpaper

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Okay that’s it!

Now… won’t you agree with me when I say that the minimalist style is an art in itself?

Not to mention… they’re very easy to copy.

So thank you for reading up to the end of the post. I hope you’ve found an ideal layout for your bullet journal.

If you want more BuJo page ideas, here is a comprehensive list that you can get inspiration from . Majority of the layouts are not of the minimalist type. But you’ll get the idea.

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