These Inspiring Minimalist Bullet Journals Will Brighten Up Your Monday, Stat
Another week, another Monday, midsummer at that (for those of us in the States, anyway)! For many of us, Monday Blues are even more palpable in the summer. After a weekend of sun-soaked fun, it takes every last ounce of willpower to rise early and go into the office, peeling ourselves away from the warmth and sunshine.
Even the best of us need a little inspiration to keep it going. After being seriously inspired by our bullet journal how-to video from this spring, it's safe to say that minimalist bullet journals have become a new obsession. We pulled the best wellness-forward journals, focusing on technique, goal tracking, and of course a minimalism vibe to give you some ideas on how to tackle all your projects, from the big-picture visionary stuff to the day-to-day to-do lists:
1. A monthly dashboard.
One way to manage your life big-picture—is it time to check back in on those resolutions?—is to create a monthly dashboard. This way, you can carve out some time monthly and make weekly goals based on how your larger goals are changing each month. "Goals" are what you'd love to do, and "Important" is what you have to do or need to remember.
2. A wellness or yoga tracker.
If you're trying to start a new habit, it takes a renewed commitment every day. Having a tracker that visually shows your progress is like the gold star method, version 2.0.
3. A to-do list and thought container.
If you watched our video, you already know how to create a basic bullet journal to-do list. On the opposite page, create a catchall for the thoughts you have throughout the day, especially if you're juggling more than one project. Chances are that productive thoughts pop up about Project B while you're still working on Project A. Plop them here so you don't forget and can keep chugging along without stopping to deliberate.
4. A series of daily goals.
If your monthly vision is set in your mind, write down a series of daily goals to get you at least one step closer by the end of the month. Even if the daily goals are super small, like "spend five minutes reading about personal finance," every little bit counts! Consistency wins, always.
5. A running weekly to-do list.
Pictured on the right-hand side, this running to-do list of things needed daily that come to mind and can be written in as you think of them. This is helpful if you're extremely busy, if your days and weeks look different, and/or if you're a "list person" who just needs a place to keep track of it all.
6. A food diary.
This bullet journaler has been trying to get into shape, starting with diet and a daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Making it beautiful provides even more motivation to get those steps in!
7. A daily log...or work of art.
All right, we know—not everyone is going to have this kind of skill. But we like the idea of adding a little something extra to our daily lists; whether they're purely decorative or a functional reminder of the "end goal," a little beauty goes a long way.
8. A list of happy news from around the world.
This one is seriously fantastic. With all of the hardship in our personal, professional, and global lives, it's too easy to lose sight of our progress. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times," is a great reminder.
Loved this? Check out our bullet journaling how-to video. Plus, how to get your sh*t together based on your personality type.
Lindsay Kellner is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist based out of Brooklyn, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology at New York University and earned a 200-hour yoga certification from Sky Ting. She is the co-author of “The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self Care,” along with mbg’s Sustainability Editor, Emma Loewe.