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Create Time-Saving Minimal Bullet Journal Layouts

teacher avatar Nikki Kristol, Content Creator, Teacher 2.5k Students

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro and Supplies

    • 2. Calendar Weeks 1, 2, and 3

    • 3. Weeks 4, 5, and Trackers

    • 4. Outro and Class Project

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This class is inspiration for easy, simple to create, bullet journal pages.  

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Nikki Kristol

Content Creator, Teacher 2.5k Students


Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out my classes here on Skillshare.  I'm Nikki Kristol, a work-from-home mom, wife, and New Yorker.  I am excited about journaling, illustration, and would love to hear from you.  If there are any topics you'd like a class on, leave me a comment here on Skillshare, or just stop by to say hello.

As much as I love my urban life, I also crave serenity, and that's where my bullet journal comes into its own.  If you are on a journey to health, well-being, and productivity in this modern life, then you've come to the right place.  More than 2,500 students have taken my classes, and I'm so grateful for all of the support.

When I'm not journaling, my favorite places in New York City are Central Park... See full profile

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1. Intro and Supplies: bullet Journaling is a free form of planning, and they're generally no rules. Having said that, I have found some time saving best practices that will help you create minimal bullet journal spreads. Hi, I'm Nicky Crystal, and this classes for anyone who is not bullet journaling because they think it takes too much time. The supplies you will see me use in this class are and a five Dr notebook. A fine liner pin, a mechanical pencil, an eraser, a ruler to color markers and to wire binder clips. That's all the supplies will need. Now let's get started. 2. Calendar Weeks 1, 2, and 3: So first things first. Let's start with the monthly calendar for July. It's always helpful to know what day it is and what week of the month you're in notice that I start from the bottom of the page and work my way up. You'll see me do this throughout the class, and I do it mostly toe leave room at the top for whatever header. I want a place there being that this is a bullet journal. You totally don't have to do that. You can start at the top and then leave space at the bottom for your headers and notations and doodles. This particular calendar is a one page counter spread, and it divides the page into personal and professional tax. I think this is really handy for the summer If there's not a lot going on, I think if you find that you don't right into your monthly calendar a lot from day to day, perhaps you mostly use your weeklies from day to day. Then why not use your monthly calendar as a summary toe? Look back on your wins and losses for the month and review how things went and it took under six minutes to set up this monthly calendar. As we move on to set up the first week in July, you'll see me repeat some best practices for making minimal time saving spreads. I always start from the bottom and count up on a five bullet journal is going to be about 38 spaces. So if you want account midway, you're counting up 19 spaces about six inches, or about 15 centimeters. So always start from the bottom. Always use minimal colors and always make the page something that is attractive enough to return to. Anyone can just draw a number list, and I've done that over the years. But I never returned two pages so achieve balanced by making it just attractive enough that you'll want to return to it, but not so complicated that it takes hours to set up. Now. This spread took about five minutes to set up, and we constantly reviewed those themes of starting from the bottom, using minimal colors and making the page attractive enough that will want to return to it. ID like to show you a close up of the two pages we just created. Here is the monthly calendar for July. And then here's the weekly spread for Week one. Here's what the spread looks like once it's all completed. And then here's what it could look like. Once you filled in all your various events, notes and tasks to start, we, too, will adhere to our best practices. By starting at the bottom of the page and going halfway up, we're gonna draw a horizontal line that goes across two pages to create a spread that's completely different from the previous spreads we've tried across the horizontal line. We're gonna draw four vertical lines perpendicular and as a best practice, we're gonna use a minimal color. Are warm gray to add a dot to the top and bottom of each line, and each dot will represent a date and day of the week. I put goals to the 1st 1 but then the dates go in and then the days of the week going. So we've created a weekly spread that's totally different from what we've seen before. It's fun, and it's fresh, and it's attractive enough that will want to return to it to write down tasks and complete tasks. And so it adheres to all of our best practices, and it only took about seven minutes to complete ID. Like to show you a close above the spread that we did. And by adhering to our best practices, you can create a fund minimal spread. In less than seven minutes, I'll show you a snapshot of the Finnish spread, and then we'll move on to Week three to set up a spread for Week three. I'm going to start at the bottom. As usual, I'm going to count up about nine spaces, or about three inches, and draw vertical line. From that point, I draw another horizontal line, count up nine spaces and draw another vertical line and so on and so forth until I exact my way up the page. And I'm gonna mirror the same pattern on the next page to create a two page weekly spread for Week three. Now, because I don't offer you guys much in terms of colors or doodles or patents, then I have to do whatever I can to make the page appealing to my students. So I hope you can see that this layout does follow our best practices of starting at the bottom of using minimal colors and making the page something that you want to return to the's. Que little boxes that I create on the side will hold the day and the date or a calendar or anything you want to put on that side. And then Jason to it is a lot of free space for your notes, tax and events, or just journaling your thoughts. It's a simple spread that's easy to put together in no time. I hope you guys like the shading and like the structure, and I hope you'll incorporate it into your bullet journals. Sometimes I like to highlight the week on the calendar just so I can remember which week of the month that I'm journaling in. But that took less than nine minutes to create. And with that word on one week three, let's have a close up off the work that we've done. I like how this spread is inviting, but still easy to set up. If you decide to give this one a try, post a picture of your illustration in the Class Project section. I will love to see your version of this layout 3. Weeks 4, 5, and Trackers: most weekly spreads on social media cover two pages per week. But if you're on vacation or you're less engaged in starting weeks, you may want to try fitting whole week toe one page. We're going to do that in a minimal style for weeks four and five. It's gonna look great, and we're going to save space and pages in our bullet journals in here. I'm gonna yellow for a pop of color. It's a classic accent color for our gray, and I reckon every personal on a planet has a yellow highlight. I'm adding another monthly calendar to the page. I have space for it, so why not? And I'm using all the appropriate abbreviations for the days of the week to make the set up even quicker. You can keep the page looking just like this if you want. But if you want space for your notes and Tash, you can add dots along the side. As you see me doing it gives it just a little more structure. But that's all we have to do. And that's bread took just a little over seven minutes to create for a week five. We started at the bottom once again and weak. Five is on the adjacent page of Week four, so we want a cohesive look. But we don't want to repeat the same design because that would be just too boring. Soto. Absent interests I'll draw the lines of vertically instead of horizontally. Did I tell you guys how to make a midpoint on your page? If you're using on a five journal, your midpoint is gonna be about 12 spaces from left to right of your journal. That means about four inches in. I added a goal section to this page, and I wont abbreviate the days to keep the cohesive. I'm using the same gray and yellow markers, and that took just under six minutes to complete. Finally, let's have some close up shots of the layout we just created. I think drawing starting from the bottom ensures that the page will be open, airy and minimal. I like how we only use two colors, and I like how the yellow gives it a pop that attracts the eye. Let's start. The trackers are some of my favorite pages in the bullet journal system. I trust my habits, and I tracked my moves. How they relate to How often I complete my habits to change things up just a little bit. I'm gonna use the same two colors we've used throughout the class to draw some abstract shapes on the tracker and add just a little bit of interest to save time. We won't go too crazy with this, but it will be something different than what we see each week. I start from the bottom of the page as usual, and you're going to see that even when I'm adding the dates I started the end of the month and go forward, this may seem a bit crazy, but it really helps me complete the spread in record time. I know that once you guys start using these practices that I talk about in this class, that you'll be able to do this even more fast, much faster than I'm able to. So what do you track? And you're have a tracker here. You even see me riding the worst backwards because I know where each letter should be placed on the page. Normally, I would sketch all of this out and pencil had a time. But for this page that I've done hundreds of times is totally not necessary. Finally, I add on July header and then I'm going to do a little bit of shadowing on the letters. That's it. It took just over nine minutes. So now what's this? I'm calling this next page my July Artspace. After all of that minimal work, you may be craving a blank page just to do all of your doodling and planning and brainstorming. So after your set up, simply set aside one page where you can just brain dumps everywhere, I'm going to add a little bit of shadowing to my letters. It was always fun to do, and I'm no artist, but I'm gonna put some small doodles on this page that will help me remember what this pain is for. So that took just five minutes. Let's see a close up of all the work you've done. Uh uh. These are the last pages I want to include in this monthly set up and we are done with the month of July. Here is the final flip through of the pages we traded in this class. I hope you agree that all of these set ups were easy to complete in a timely fashion, and I hope that time is no longer a barrier to you. Bullet journaling. I appreciate your watching and joining me on this creative journey. Next, let's talk about a class project. 4. Outro and Class Project: So that concludes our class on how to create a minimal journal spread. If you enjoyed this class and emit or exceeded your expectations, leave me a big review in the comments section. And while you're there, why not post a class project that we could all hit like on recreate one of the layouts from this class? And don't be afraid to put your own spin on it. I would love to see what you come up with. So thank you for joining this class again and until next time, happy journaling and cut.