As somebody who has been collecting bullet journaling inspiration for years, I’ve found that most bullet journalers and their pretty spreads can be lumped into five major categories or personalities. Originally, I was going to fit each of these “personalities” into one post, but found I had much more to say about each of them—these personalities have their very own strengths and pitfalls. Finding out which one you lean toward can help you leverage your bullet journal to its greatest potential and minimize its weaknesses. So, up first: The Minimalist.
This bullet journaling personality is very practical and intentional—a no-nonsense approach to bullet journaling. The fewer frills the better, but while the decorations are kept to a minimum, this person’s bullet journal is still highly organized and structured. It is simple, but not simplistic. The pages look peaceful, but each piece of the page has a purpose. Don’t be fooled; the minimalist’s bullet journal is not less customized than the others’!
Lots of white space
Very few decorations
A focus on mindfulness
Colorful accents are usually small and understated
Fewer boxes, fewer lines to draw
Requires the least amount of work to set up
More time spent actually journaling and planning
A beautiful, well-thought-out and peaceful bullet journal!
Fear of the blank page—sometimes minimalists can be perfectionists (this is something that many of the personalities have in common).
Getting paralyzed by making mistakes that will ruin a spread.
Lack of creativity—some minimalists get so stuck in a routine that they neglect other areas where they could be planning their lives better. Many minimalists don’t ever attempt to track anything, and many don’t prioritize documenting past events or journaling.
Things to Try & Inspiration
Check out the free minimal printables and other resources over at Minimal Plan
Focus on cleaning up your handwriting
A thin-line pen like Pentel Hybrid Technica .03mm pen
Struggle with fear of the blank page? Plan out your layouts with little thumbnails in pencil in the front of your book—both to plan it aesthetically, and to re-use it later. Why re-invent the wheel?
Try sectioning off different parts of your journal with a thin highlighter line
See @honeyrozes on Instagram for some great inspiration
Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to The Minimalist bullet journal personality
Sub-Personality: The Traditionalist
This personality doesn’t get its own category because it really is just a particular kind of minimalist. The traditionalist is one who sticks undauntedly to the original tenets of bullet journaling—line by line, no fancy boxes or colors or decorations. This is the person who sticks to the essence of what bullet journaling has always been: an analog system. This person’s bullet journal is likely to look the most like inventor’s, Ryder Carrol.
Share Your Thoughts
Are you a minimalist? Do you see any of these strengths and weaknesses in yourself, and are you going to try any of these tips?