Planning Planning Basics Series

Minimal Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

The most amazing part about bullet journaling is that you can change the design of your spreads any time you like! As someone who’s always loved graphic design, this is a big reason why the bullet journal system works for me.

I’m excited to share a few different minimal monthly and weekly bullet journal spreads that I’ve used and loved to inspire you. Also: I tend to tweak a spread throughout the time I’m using it, so feel free to try any of these out, make a change here or there, and adapt it for your own needs and style. Scroll on!

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Weekly Spreads
Timetable + Tasks

I love a timetable! Using an almost-time-block-esque hourly time system in your planner is a great way to get an overview of your week. I like a weekly task list instead of a daily one because otherwise I’d be migrating tasks all the time! Meanwhile, the to-do list in the top left corner next to the timetable is my personal (vs. work) task list. I also like to switch up how minimal or how “doodle”-y I go for in the headers.

Timetable + Tasks + Trackers

I added art/patterns on the left-hand side, keeping the timetable at the top. Personal notes or reflections go on the bottom left, and all my trackers (tiny calendar, habit tracker, and mood/sleep tracker) on the bottom right.

Events + Running Weekly Task List

When I discovered Elizabeth Turn’s video on rolling weekly task lists, I was sold! Here was the weekly system I’d been looking for. Also called the Alastair method, this is great if you want one big list per week (or any length of time!). Elizabeth’s is one of the best explanations of what seemed to me like a super-complicated system but is actually really simple. In my system, in the left I’ve got boxes for weekday + weekend events, and on the right, the rolling task list. You can put trackers under the rolling task list or under the events boxes depending on how much space you need for what that week.

Events Only

I’ll use this layout for weeks like vacation when I have very few tasks to accomplish (yay for vacation!). I was inspired by Shayda Campbell | IG to create this layout.

Timeblocking + Running Weekly Task List

Inspired by Hobonichi Cousins, I tried a few versions of a truly timeblocked schedule alongside a running weekly task list. These are fun because you can decorate them with colors. These two versions show different placements of weekends and task lists.

Journaling + Timetable + Task List

If you’re into journaling, you might try this unique spread (inspired by Elyse Holladay | IG). It includes a very light timetable, a running weekly task list, and then you can add journaling (or even rapid logging) at the bottom right of the spread. I let mine go onto the next page to cover all the days in the week.

Rapid Logging

Finally, here’s a classic bullet journal spread, inspired by Lilian Letters: I used rapid logging for a work-light week to note not only tasks but events and thoughts. There’s a spot for events on the bottom of the spread. This is the Archer & Olive Blackout Notebook.

Monthly Spreads

If you don’t need a lot of information in your monthlies, try drawing patterns around a tiny calendar. You can be as minimal or as artsy as you like (or skip the tiny calendar altogether!).


If you’re like me and have a lot more stationery supplies than you can work through (insert nervous grin emoji here), this might be one to try! I used a Cloth and Paper deco card from one of their subscription boxes to create this simple monthly and added a sticker and quote.


If you need more space for jotting down events, try a minimal monthly. I was inspired by The Potato Journal to create this one, and I added some fun script fonts and a favorite current quote.

I hope you enjoyed that walk through a bunch of minimal spread inspiration! Which ones were your favorite? If you try any, please share on Instagram and tag me–I’d love to see what you make!

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