Hello Planning Mashers!
There are so many styles for your Bullet Journal, everyone can create something perfect just for them. Today I want to talk about simple weekly layout designs.
I know we are all busy people, be it studying or working, and I think it would be horrible to neglect your journal simply because you have no time to draw all the beautiful spreads.
That’s why today I gathered for you amazing minimalist Bullet Journal weekly spreads, which will take you no time to set up and will help you stay productive with your journal, even when you’re super busy.
There are also some weekly printables in my Resources Vault you can use to speed up your setups, sign up at the end of the post.
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I love minimalism in a Bullet Journal. The pages look clean and aesthetic and it’s really the best way if you’re just starting with your Bullet Journal.
Minimalist Bullet Journal spreads are also the most time-efficient way to set up your journal, that’s why I always recommend to give them a try when you’re too busy to be artistic.
Personally, I’m not really a minimalist myself, adding doodles and decorating my pages is one of my favorite things about Bullet Journaling. However, even I find my way to minimalist spreads, especially for my weekly setups.
What Makes Minimalist Bullet Journal
Minimalist is really a concept that means something different to everyone, including minimalism in your Bullet Journal.
However, here are a few thoughts and common traits that minimalist Bullet Journal spreads share:
- Practical, clean and simple design
- Use of monochrome colors mostly, even though some color accents might be present as well
- A lot of white negative space
- Clean lines, simple shapes, line drawings
- Layouts are pretty fast to create
Who Are Minimalist Bullet Journal Spreads For
Minimalist setups are Bullet Journaling in its purest form. Therefore, first and foremost minimalist spreads are the best for Bullet Journal beginners.
When you start a Bullet Journal it can get pretty overwhelming with all the page ideas and decorations.
Starting from minimalist setups though will help you to get in the habit of journaling and discover how to use the system the best way possible. After that, you’re of course free to explore other styles, but by that time you’ll already have a solid base and know what you want from your BuJo.
Speaking of beginners, if you’re just thinking about embarking on a Bullet Journal adventure, check out my FREE course for Bullet Journal beginners: Bullet Journal in 10 Days. You’ll get daily step-by-step tutorials and my best tricks to create a journal from zero in just 10 days.
But let’s go back to minimalism. This type of Bullet Journal spreads will also be fantastic for you if you’re not very artistic.
Even though I know for sure everyone can learn how to doodle, not all of us have the time or desire to learn. So, if you’re still not confident in your creative skills, or just don’t feel like investing your time into decorating your journal, minimalism is exactly for you.
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You don’t need much to create minimalist Bullet Journal spreads, they still look absolutely stunning, and moreover, they are still super functional and help you get the most out of your planning.
Finally, minimalist spreads will be perfect for you if you’re just a very busy person. Setting up a spread like this takes only around 15 minutes, so you can keep planning even in the busiest of times.
Supplies To Create Minimalist Bullet Journal Spreads
Hey, one more reason to use this style – you won’t be needing to invest heavily in stationery if you can’t afford it at the moment, but your spreads will still look fantastic! Because it’s minimalist, you really don’t need much.
Now back to stationery, here are a few must-haves you might consider.
- Notebook. If you still don’t have one – give a look at my post with 13 Best Notebooks To Use As Your Next Bullet Journal. For the minimalist Bullet Journal, I’d try something minimal like the notebooks below.
- BULLET JOURNAL: Leuchtturm1917 brings to you a journal with all the quality of a Leuchtturm journal formatted with the Bullet journal method, Track the past, order the present, design the future
- INKPROOF PAPER: Leuchtturm1917 A6 pocket notebooks have 80 gsm paper, which is equatable to 60lb stock, and has 185 numbered pages
- OPENS FLAT: This thread-bound notebook opens flat so you can write and draw at all angles without compromising the integrity of the spine
- SIMPLE, YET SOPHISTICATED: Our 5 x 8 inch notebooks are the perfect size for journaling, daily planning, or note taking, either at your desk or on the go. No constraints and no distractions -- just a high-quality notebook you will love. Northbooks are elegant, yet competitively priced. We put function first -- allowing you to bring back the joy of writing by hand.
- DURABLE, YET ATTRACTIVE: Our elegant vegan leather cover is textured and durable. It features a silky smooth touch and square corners for a sophisticated look. The soft cream color of our pages does not distract from the writing, allowing you to effortlessly read your notes in even direct sunlight. Our hardcover notebooks are able to lie almost completely flat once broken in.
- ARCHIVAL QUALITY: 192 pages/96 sheets of 60-lb/90 GSM 30% recycled paper that resists feathering, ghosting, and bleeding, without any extra bulk. Our paper is thick, smooth, and acid-free, and makes an elegant backdrop for whatever media you use. Minimal ghosting may occur with very wet inks. Alcohol-based markers are not recommended.
- Black pen. Fineliner pens would be the perfect tool for your minimalist spreads. Below are my absolute top choices.
- A ruler. If you want to decorate your journal a bit you should look into geometric rulers or this fantastic circle ruler.
- Monochrome highlighters. Using monochrome colors is one of the traits of minimalist spreads, so you could use some of the Mildliners, or maybe monochrome Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
- For a splash of color – brush pens. My favorite ones are Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Be sure to check my Guide To Bullet Journal Supplies For Any Artistic Level if you’re looking for more stationery ideas to add to your collection.
Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
The weekly spread is, well, a spread where you plan your week. If you’re new to this concept make sure to check out my post about Bullet Journal weekly logs.
Unlike your monthly setups, weekly logs are usually planned week by week, so they might be some of the most time-consuming setups. It’s easier to find an hour once a month for a monthly setup than 30 minutes every Sunday, right?!
That’s why minimalist Bullet Journal weekly spreads are so very useful! Below are quite a few inspirations for you, but before we dive in, I just wanted to mention a few things you might consider including to your weekly spreads:
- Weekly habit tracker
- Weekly water tracker
- Weekly review
- Meal plan
- Calendar for the month
- Number of the week
- Weekly to-do list
- House chores list
- Plans for next week
I think we’re ready now, let’s dive in and check out these fantastic minimalist Bullet Journal weekly spreads.
Easy Minimalist Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Ideas
Minimalist Bullet Journal spreads are stunning, and all you need to create those are a notebook and a pen. They can get very artistic and elaborate as well, but here I picked some very simple and easy-to-follow designs.
And since the design is very minimal, one page has enough free space to write down all the tasks.
As minimal as it gets. The only decoration is the word may that is written in such dark blue that it looked black to me.
This by the way is Tombow TwinTone marker – I love those for beautiful colors and come with a dual tip.
If your daily plans are time-sensitive, this design is for you! Stina always creates magnificent minimal spreads and this one is no exception.
As you can see her choice of fineliners is Uni Pin Pens, which generally came out on the top when I asked around about people’s favorite stationery. If you wanna know more check my post Best Bullet Journal Supplies Recommended By Pros.
I love this page! Her pages are always so pretty and I love the tiny little doodles she usually uses to decorate her pages.
If you wonder what’s that cute pen – it’s a Muji pen. It writes super smooth and is really pretty, like pretty much all the Muji products.
Love this spread and it’s a great example of how beautiful handwriting can decorate a page.
Super simple but extremely good-looking weekly spread! As an option instead of a little calendar in the first rectangle, you can always just write down your weekly to-do list.
One trick I learned – to help you speed up drawing the day’s sections, use stencils. With them, you can draw your daily rectangles in no time at all! And they are very affordable.
True minimal weekly spread with not a single extra element. Olivia herself said it took her just a few minutes!
If you wonder what notebook this is to copy the measurements – it’s Scribbles That Matter.
Also can we please take a minute and admire the handwriting here! It’s absolute perfection. I’m totally jealous ;)
Alternatively, you can use stamps for dates. I’ve been really obsessing with stamps lately and for dates, my go-to are stamps be Everyday Explorers. They might be on the expensive side but they are perfect and reusable so considering how often you’ll be using them it will be a worthy investment.
Perfect setup if you have very busy working days, but your weekends are kind of free.
And here you can see one more favorite thing for minimal Bullet Journal – grey Zebra Mildliner highlighter. It’s really small and barely noticeable detail but adds that little something to your spreads.
Love this weekly because it’s completely created using stamps.
These stamps are from Ink By Jeng. Her shop seems to be on breaks pretty often, but her stuff is great. Personally, I have some stencils and washi tape from her and I’m loving them!
Sometimes the best decoration for your pages is your handwriting.
I know I know I’ve been talking a lot about handwriting, but it’s something I’m working hard on improving and I can’t stop admiring other people’s amazing work.
If you’re also working on your handwriting check my post 9 Simple Tricks To Improve Your Handwriting.
It always amazes me how amazing and stylish just a few lines can make the page look.
Elegant and functional spread that took less than 10 minutes to set up.
I really like the effect used for the dates – white ink on top of a black circle. This is something I use a lot in my journal too, my go-to pen for white ink is white Sakura Gelly Roll.
Very task and goals-oriented weekly spread, I love the structure and definitely will try to implement it on one of my weekly pages.
I also like the little splash of color to the daily headers.
This handwriting is so cute and small, I love it! It also allows using more space for writing since it seems like the creator can fit two lines in one box.
Also, it’s such a beautiful and minimal flat ay, love it!
Don’t have that many tasks, but have lots of everyday routine things you need to track? Then this weekly layout is for you – have a whole page for your trackers!
Again pretty easy, just some lines put together. And a splash of color. If you feel like you’d like some metallic shine on your pages, try out these Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pens.
Another variation on adding color to your Bullet Journal weekly spread – add it behind the dates. Muted colors of pastel Tombow Dual Brush pens will be perfect for that.
Cute little spread, well actually two spreads. Blue overtones also look so great. Pastel blue is a perfect color to add more interest to your page without it standing out too much and being distractive.
For a more fun school-ish look try out this weekly layout. You can even skip the ruler and draw the lines by hand – it’ll just add some extra charm to your journal. As you see, Mandy used my favorite Sakura Pigma Fineliners and Tombow Dual Brush Pen in grey-blue color to set the page.
You also can see she has a white Uniball Pen. Not sure if she used it, but it’s a little neat trick – if you make a mistake in your journal just draw with white pen over it to hide! This is actually my favorite way to fix my mistakes, you can learn about other ways in my post 11 Creative Ways To Fix Mistakes In Your Bullet Journal.
I really love the gold details as well, it’s such a tiny thing but it adds a lot to the page. Before I got my gold Acrylograph pen from Valentine’s box, I was absolutely in love with the Uniball Signo gold pen – ink flows wonderfully and looks beautiful.
A very simple weekly that provides plenty of space for daily tasks. The flowers are gorgeous, but if you don’t want to draw them, you can always use a stamp or some stickers.
If you want to learn how to draw beautiful floral doodles in your journal, make sure to check out my post How To Draw Beautiful Flowers In Your Bullet Journal.
Finally, all that was used to create this beautiful spread is a Muji black pen. One more confirmation that you don’t really need ALL the supplies to create beautiful Bullet Journal spreads.
How perfect is this page! I’m absolutely jealous of the perfect lines on this page.
You also can see here how just adding some shade or lines can bring up some elements on your page.
Even though we have an amazing floral illustration in the corner, I still think this page is pretty minimal.
I like the idea to add an extra rectangle below the daily spread for some important information. I don’t know what the creator wrote in theirs, but I’d probably use it to write my most important daily task, or maybe a little daily mood summary.
The easiest weekly setup is actually the original Bullet Journal one. Just write the date and the tasks right under it.
If you feel like adding some color, I definitely recommend you Zebra Mildliners, like the ones Sarica used on the picture above.
Simple weekly to set up and it has plenty of space for daily tasks. Decorate the extra daily box with a sticker or a magazine cutout, or use it for your weekly to-do list of plans for the next week.
This is as easy as it gets and yes it looks so beautiful with that little grey accent. I’d guess that this was probably gone with some grayscale Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
I also want to share here a little trick – if you want to set up your pages faster try creating a grid guide, it will have all the measurements you need to set us these spreads in no time.
If you don’t know what a grid guide is check my post All You Need To Know About Bullet Journal Grid Guide.
Beautiful minimalist weekly spread with just a few stickers as decoration.
A cool thing that makes this spread stand out is the fact that brown color was used instead of the usual black or grey. Such a simple thing and yet it made the page stand out a lot.
Such a perfect minimal weekly spread and I love a little detail in the corner. I find that botanical doodles like this one are absolutely perfect for a minimalist Bullet Journal setup.
I learned to draw those from Peggy Dean’s book on botanical doodles. She is super talented and her doodles are incredible!
First I just want to mention how awesome this flatlay is. I know how hard creating flatlays is so I always love to take extra time and appreciate a beautiful picture.
This spread is also a great example of how a little lettering can make the page look extra cute.
Simple and elegant weekly. The leaves are very easy to draw and they add so much with that little bit of color.
The colors are also so pretty, it makes me want to add some Crayola Super Tips to my collection.
I’m absolutely speechless – this page is so perfect with that amazing handwriting.
Also, those scissors in the photo are so beautiful!
A very simple to set up weekly spread – just a few lines to divide the page by 4 and the letters for the days of the week.
As you can see a ruler and a good fineliners is pretty much all you need. There are quite a few great fineliners on the market, but you probably see that some of the most popular ones on these pictures are Sakura Pigma Microns.
Beautiful spread and all you need to add some flair is a bit of lettering and some washi tape.
I’ve been really obsessing with washi tape lately so you’ll probably see more and more of it on my pages as well. Washi tape is a great way to add fun and decoration to your pages even when you’re not artistic.
Plus there are so many other ways to use it in your journal! Check my post 23 Creative Ways To Use Washi Tape In Your Bullet Journal.
This wonderful spread is as simple as it can be! And yet it has all you need for planning a successful week: daily planning, weekly to-do list, habit tracker and even space to prepare for the upcoming week.
I also really like the little touch of color.
This can totally be a weekly spread, but to me, it looks more like a weekly journaling spread. It looks so gentle and pretty.
The only thing I’d probably want to add here is the dates. Maybe there, at the top, next to the word April.
Beautiful spread and basically all you need for it is a ballpoint pen. Classic Bullet Journal approach.
There is a little illustration in the corner. This one is definitely hand-drawn, but it looks very similar to different Japanese stamps, kind of the same aesthetic. I have no idea where to get those, but they keep showing up on my Instagram feed and I’m starting to want to explore them more.
I also had a busy time when I switched to a simple weekly layout. What I love about this spread, is how much space I had, in the end, to write down all the notes and tasks!
Another simple weekly I created for my January 2020 Bullet Journal setup. December and January with a new year and all are always very busy months so I often tend to do very minimal setups for those months,
I found these pages being very aesthetic, but also super simple to make. Wouldn’t you agree? This only proves that even in the busiest of time you can still find time to Bullet Journal and sort all the tasks.
Minimalist Bullet Journal Inspirations
I absolutely love the minimalist style in Bullet Journal, it’s so clean, classy and creates so much space for planning. It’s also a great style to start your Bullet Journal journey since it doesn’t exactly require you to have any drawing skills.
In case you love this style like I do and want to see more minimalist Bullet Journal spreads, I gathered here a few Instagram account you’d definitely want to check:
To help you out to keep Bullet Journaling even if you’re super busy, I also created some printable spreads you can use in your Bullet Journal. They are a great way to save time while setting up your BuJo.
All you need is to print them our and use an adhesive tape to add them to your journal pages. Make sure to check out the “How To Add Printables To Your Bullet Journal” post to learn how to resize them to fit your journal.
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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling and don’t be a Blob!