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15 Simple Bullet Journal Inspiration for the Not-So-Artistic

The art of the bullet journal is growing in popularity. I saw them all over my Pinterest feed and because I absolutely love organizing, I decided to make one. I spent 2016 trying to do all those extravagant designs that look absolutely perfect. After a few months of using the journal, I realized that I never really used a lot of those extra pages, trackers, and features.

Since then, I have been working towards simplifying my journal to have only the necessities. I love art and being creative, but having each page be creative and artsy was really time-consuming. As a full-time student, a part-time employee I did not have time to do my bullet journal pretty and include a million pages that I’d never use.

This article is meant to provide brief overviews and photos of the pages I have successfully used and currently use in my bullet journal. These are pages that I suggest for the super busy, not-so-artsy, simpleton. This article utilizes affiliate links.

#1 Detailed Key Page

This first page is one of my favorites. It is the key page design I used for 2016 and I wish I had decided to keep it for 2017. It’s fairly artsy but doesn’t have to be. This page is tidy and pleasing to look at. It is also incredibly customizable. If you don’t like the icons I use, you can replace them with your own, use less of them, or omit them completely.

My favorite aspect of this page is the simple little key design I drew at the top. This design was hugely inspired by The Time Pilot-Tumblr.

#2 Plain Key Page

This design is my current key page. It is not as pretty as #1, but it is a lot simpler. Honestly, the only real reason I like this page is functionality. There isn’t much to it, so it’s really easy to use. This was a design of my own (which is why it isn’t as pretty as #1).

#3 Washi Tape Page Tracker Key

This is a very simple page that utilizes washi tape. Essentially this page is just another key page but makes navigating through your bullet journal way easier. The tape curls around the edges of the pages so that you can find each page-type without shuffling through the pages.

#4 Index Page

The index page is one that I really liked but did not end up utilizing. I stopped using it, not because it wasn’t useful, but because I did not leave myself enough space to fit every page into it. The positive of having this page is knowing where everything is all at once. The con is that my notebook does not have numbered pages so I had to write them all in manually.

#5 Year At-A-Glance Page

I absolutely love this page. It is super simple and a great reference. There really isn’t much to it!

2018 Bullet Journal Year at a Glance Page

#6 Plain Monthly Calendar

This is exactly as it sounds, a simple calendar—no frills.

Customizable Hand-Drawn Bullet Journals

#7 Monthly Calendar + Habit Tracker

I currently use this method for a calendar and monthly tracking because I am running out of pages in my current notebook. It is a hybrid of the plain monthly calendar and the third monthly habit tracker design.

january bullet journal 2017

#8 Monthly Gratefulness

This is a page idea that I no longer use because of limited notebook space. However, it is a hugely beneficial page to have and is super simple to do. All it is is a plain monthly calendar with a gratefulness header of your choice.

#9 Monthly Habit Tracker Page

There are 3 different monthly tracker pages that I used in 2016 and I love them all. I like to change up my design monthly for fun, and this page was my favorite. I am bad at utilizing this page but find it really motivating.

The first design breaks each habit down into sleek rectangles. The habits are color coded and I use X’s to mark when I have completed each habit for that day.

#10 Simple Weekly To-Do Page + Notes Space

This page is a plain and compact weekly to-do page. It is my most-used page because I use it daily. Easy to do up because it is only 8 small boxes.

#11 Weekly To-Do + Grocery List, Meal Planning, & Mood Tracker

I used this daily to-do page in 2016 and I loved it. It allows for daily to-do lists, a weekly grocery list, and meal planning, as well as some self-care. After a few months, I stopped using the mood and meal planning areas and replaced them with a long notes section.

Customizable Hand-Drawn Bullet Journals

#12 Books to Read Page

This page is only useful for readers. It is one of my most artsy pages but it is very simple. I just draw rectangles at different heights and sizes, there is no pattern.

#13 Wishlist

The wish list page is perfect for people (like me) who want, or need, more stuff than they can afford. It’s simple the heading can be designed but doesn’t have to be.

#14 My Collections Tracker Page

Not everyone has a collection to track like I do, but I am including this page because I love it so much! The purpose of this page is to track which Disney classics I already own and which ones I need to complete my collection.

#15 Date-Tracker Page

I track the dates my boyfriend and I have been on, but the date tracker can track essentially any dates. It’s simple and easy to do because it's literally just a list of dates.

How do you create your bullet journal? Simple or Artistic? Dot journal or grid lines? Hardcover, softcover, or leather bound? Let me know in the comments below!

Sincerely Elizabeth of Jihi Elephant

18 thoughts on “15 Simple Bullet Journal Inspiration for the Not-So-Artistic

  1. I’ve never actually heard of a bullet journal, but this is definitely enough to pique my interest. I’m a serial organizer, so I can see how this could benefit my lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh I LOVE bullet journalling. It’s especially helpful if your picky about your organization like I am! I suggest doing some more research into bullet journals!

  2. This is SOOOO perfect. I especially love the book page! I’ve been wanting desperately to get into bullet journaling and this might just be the push over the edge to start one. I’m so disorganized but this makes it seem pretty easy! Love it, thanks!

    1. Bullet Journals are a lifesaver, you should also check out my bonus post on my March layout! Pinterest is where I get all my ideas, just search bullet journal!

  3. I’ve been trying to get mine going for a while! I mostly use it was a to do list right now, attempting to add more as I go. These are great ideas!

    1. Happy to help! Keep in touch, I plan on posting plenty more about bullet journals!

  4. Whoa, your journal is so organized, i love it! I am still in search of one, i think it will help my anxiety. I am pinning your post so i can reference how to keep organized.

    1. My journal has definitely helped my anxiety, I hope you can find one to help yours!

  5. Great list! I do many of these in my bullet planner already!


    1. Awesome!

  6. I have been wanting to start doing this! Your tips and photos are so helpful! Going to start soon! So excited!

    1. Happy to help! If there is anything else you’d like to see me write on, feel free to leave it in a comment!

  7. OMG I love all of your pages! They are very inspiring, and you have awesome handwriting! My bullet journal is a total mess, but I love it anyways!

    1. All a bullet journal needs to be is functional! I’m glad you enjoy my pages and handwriting! Let me know if there is anything else you would like to see me write about!

  8. Wow, that’s so super organized. My planner is a hot mess. lol. I’ve heard so many people that absolutely love bullet journals.

    1. I love it because I can make it 100% my own! It can be organized or messy and include the pages I want!

  9. I just started bullet journaling.. then i stopped because I got discouraged that mine didn’t look as “cute” as others. But this gave me a big swift kick in the pants to get started again <3

    1. I was discouraged at first too! Some people either aren’t artistic or don’t have time and there is no reason why they can’t bullet journal too!

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