MINIMALIST JOURNAL IDEAS » ft. 6-Minute Diary (productivity, self love, mindfulness)

MINIMALIST JOURNAL IDEAS » ft. 6-Minute Diary (productivity, self love, mindfulness)


Journaling for me is a very fun and valuable addition to my life. It’s a way I organize my thoughts, shape my days, and plan my tasks. I use it as a mindfulness practice, a gratitude practice and to remind myself to always take good care of myself and the people around me. It keeps me inspired when life gets me down, and it helps me to catch myself and find positivity again. As a minimalist myself, I feel like journaling should be easy and quick and fuss free. So many videos feature beautiful artsy journals. And while they are inspiring to look at, they can also scare many people away from journaling by making it look overly complicated. So today I will share with you three minimalist journal ideas that you can start doing today and together they make up my personal journaling routine. So I will show you my minimalist bullet journal, my daily journal the 6-minute diary, and my commonplace journal. So let’s dive right in. Let’s start by showing you my bullet journal. I actually have an in-depth video about my complete 2019 set up for this one. And it’s an older video so the production value is a little bit lower, but in case you are interested I will link it in the description box. You can watch it after you’re done watching this video. I use my bullet journal mainly to organize my life. I plan my tasks and make sure I’m doing things I want to be doing. And what I love is that, since the bullet journal is completely empty from the start, I get to design it the way I want to. And include everything that is important to me. There is no set structure that I have to follow. I can organize my days in a way that fits my life and my personality. So I used to have all kinds of separate lists and schedules throughout my house and on my phone, and now I have one place to gather everything and that is my bullet journal. And this thing is great for me. It helps me to feel more in control of my to do’s and just experience less stress overall. I use the Leuchturm 1917 with a simple black fineliner pen. And a few pastel colored markers. I will put the links to the products that I use in the description but you can use any journal that you like. I use the markers to add a touch of color here and there, and that is the only decoration this journal has. Things you can include in a bullet journal are a yearly planner, a monthly planner, a weekly planner, and a daily planner. You can include lists of books you want to read, recipes you want to try, you can include a wish list for yourself, things you don’t want to forget, birthdays anniversaries. You can include a habits tracker or something to track your progress or improvements, something to track your mood so basically anything you want you can add it in there. I’m gonna quickly show you the parts of this bullet journal that I use the most, and I’m gonna do a flip through. So if something is a little too personal for me to share on YouTube, then I might blur some things out occasionally. To start, this is my future log or a yearly planner. And it’s very simple. It has a calendar for each month as well as the bigger picture highlights of the months listed. My bullet journal also has some inspiring quotes and then I have my monthly spread. For me I use this monthly planner to schedule my content, but of course it can be anything that’s useful for you personally. And lastly, the one I use the most is my weekly planner. I keep it very simple, one page per week. And this setup takes me about one minute to complete. So it’s very minimal, simple and easy to use. It is a simple to-do list for the tasks of the week. And this gives me the freedom to work on things whenever I feel most inspired to do them. I also have a little note section at the bottom to write appointments, and just things I want to take into account that week. At the back of my bullet journal, I keep my personal journal. And I don’t write in this part too often But when the mood strikes me I write in here, usually on Monday mornings. Now let’s move on to my daily journal. So I use this one to start and end my days on a mindful note. With some very quick journaling. And I’ve tried several ways of daily journaling But I’ve always found it very hard to stick with the habit. Until I found this 6-Minute Diary from Urbestself. As the name suggests, you journal three minutes in the morning and three minutes in the evening. And this helped me to finally make this into a habit for myself. Since I started journaling daily and really sticking with that habit I noticed changes in my overall mood and positivity, which is why I am so excited that they are actually sponsoring today’s video. Let’s take a look at the inside of this journal. The daily pages consist of a section for the morning and for the evening with an inspiring quote in the middle. But the diary actually starts with an introduction. And this part explains the how and why of the journal and explains how to make the most of it. But apart from that, I found this to be a surprisingly interesting read. Because it dives deeper into the topics of positive psychology, habits self-reflection and affirmations. And so I found this to be a fun and inspiring read on its own. The basic structure of this journal consists of a morning routine and an evening routine which both take three minutes to complete. As well as a weekly challenge and a monthly check to take things a bit further. The morning routine consists of making list of things that you are grateful for. Which is my personal favorite. And things you can do to make today great, as well as setting a positive affirmation. Which I also really like. And then the evening routine consists of writing down your good deed for the day how you can improve, and great things you experienced today. And these questions are not random questions. But they are actually built on research that is explained in the introduction part of this book. Each week also starts with 5 weekly questions that invite you to do some self-reflection and dig a little deeper, as well as a weekly challenge that invites you to do something good for yourself or others. And then there is also a monthly check that I actually found very helpful myself. You can use this to get a better understanding of yourself and how you’ve been feeling, by tracking your overall mood mindfulness, healthy habits, relationships, etc. And it becomes very easy to see which things are going well and which things need more attention. For example, this gave me the clear view that I needed to invest more in time for myself mindfulness, calm and serenity, and take care of my thoughts and emotions better. So I started doing more meditation and that really helped me. Something I don’t personally use is the habits tracker. But if you like those things, it’s in there as well. For example if you want to start drinking more water. I think this is a wonderful journal to have and especially if you are new to the world of journaling you’re really gonna like it. Because it already has everything laid out for you, gives you one place to do it all, mornings evenings. And it’s just really easy to use and get started with. So they ship via Amazon and I believe it’s available in three colors and by the end of the year it’ll also be translated into 14 languages. So even if English is not your first language, you can still use this journal. Alright, so let’s move on to the third and final minimalist journal idea that I have for you today. And I think you’re really gonna love this. It is called a commonplace book or a commonplace journal. And this is where I gather everything that inspires me basically, from quotes, to passages from books or song lyrics or random poems and scribbles that I don’t want to forget. This is the real secret of life. To be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart. I think we’ve been oversold on the value of more, and undersold on the value of less. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it move with it, join the dance. People everywhere try so hard to make the world better. Their intentions are admirable, yet they seek to change everything but themselves. To make yourself a better person, is to make the world a better place. A commonplace book is where you can collect ideas, and memories and unfinished plans or random drawings. I use it to write down things I come across that inspire me, or touch my heart. Or just make me think. And if I see something I don’t want to forget I write it down in my commonplace journal. I have always felt the need to save certain things that inspired me like for example from books I was reading. But I could never really find a usable way to do it. So, for example, I would take pictures of book pages that I was reading. But then they would just end up getting lost on my phone. Or hang a note on the fridge, and then take it off again because it was just too random. And then I found that there’s actually more people who like to save things that inspire them, and that there’s actually a name for it. And it is a commonplace book. I have often come across life lessons, or quotes that inspired me, or mottos that I want to live my life by. And when you first see them, you think I’m never going to forget this one. But then you finish that particular book or that song or whatever, and life goes on and your newfound inspiration does kind of sink to the bottom. You don’t think about it anymore and that is a shame because there is so much wisdom out there that we can gather and learn form. And all this information is only useful when we can find a way to filter and keep what’s really important. Anytime you want to remember, you can flip through this notebook and find gems that spark something within you, those really inspiring things you read a long time ago. This is what I have so far. I started using this quite recently, about a month and a half ago. And it’s not as structured as a bullet journal or the 6-Minute Journal. Sometimes I write in it a lot, and sometimes I don’t. So it’s just nice to have around whenever the mood strikes you, or whenever you come across something you want to save. I use different handwriting, depending on my mood. Some pages are a bit messier than others, but that’s okay. You can add things like stickers or washi paper if you like, but like with all my notebooks I like to keep it simple, minimal, and easy to use. So after seeing these three minimalist journal ideas, I’m curious what you think. So you think you will ever use any of these and why? Or perhaps you already do. Please share your thoughts and questions in the comment section. I always try to respond to everyone So if you want to ask me something, please go ahead. I have a video about how to overcome perfectionism right here. And right here is a video about waking up at 5 a.m And why I don’t do it. Don’t forget to subscribe. I hope you’re having a lovely day, and I will see you soon. Bye bye

80 thoughts on “MINIMALIST JOURNAL IDEAS » ft. 6-Minute Diary (productivity, self love, mindfulness)

  1. Thanks for watching, happy journaling! 📒 More info 👇
    6-Minute Diary: http://bit.ly/6-Minute-Diary
    My 2019 Bullet journal setup: https://youtu.be/Qtq_KUB6cGA
    My productivity habits: https://youtu.be/WzfXW8CrrRg
    Self love habits: https://youtu.be/iwhMl2T6O08

  2. Journaling really helps to keep my mind clear, expressing myself freely and planning my week. Love Practicing greatfulness and positive affirmations in the morning and writing them down is a great idea ♡
    Sending love !

  3. I have another type of journal which is similar to the 6-minute journal but yours is more inspiring so I think will be my next one.
    Bullet journaling is sooo inspiring to use!
    I have a hard time writing things on my phone and kinda need paper to write on to feel good.

  4. Again, love watching your relaxing videos while sipping my coffee in the morning. I remember, I used to be inlove with writing and now I think I can go back and ease into it with doing a journal. Thanks Vera! Also props to you as you seem to be getting really good with the production of your channel! 🙂

  5. Self love just seems impossible for me. "I love myself!" I don't get the point of it. Self love just won't pay my bills, you know? I always draw a blank and just say idc.

  6. Loved this video, Vera! I've been bullet journaling on and off since 2015 and what usually makes me stop is my tendency to copy all those beautiful layouts you always see online. I should always try to keep it simple!

    I love the idea of the 6-Minute journal, I do something similar in my weekly planner adding things I'm grateful for or the tasks I managed to complete at the end of the day, just to cheer myself up.

    Another kind of journal I keep is a stream of consciousness journal, which is similar to the concept of morning pages (by Julia Cameron) with the difference that I don't write strictly in the morning and the number of pages can vary according to my needs. It really helps me to empty my mind and it's a form of meditation for me.

  7. I really loved this video. I'm thinking of starting some form of writing and this video gave me many ideas. And you have the "storm" quote from Murakami, one of my favourites ever❤. Thanks a lot for the inspiration. Have a nice weekend! Greetings from Argentina!!

  8. These were all great ideas Vera. I’ve never stuck with journaling in the past but I’ll give it another try. Your photography is amazing! Thank you 🙏🏻 😊

  9. Your videos take me to a new world… 🙂 PS: Banana Yoshimoto's books go to my shopping list. I didn't know him until now.

  10. Another Journal fanatic! I love it. I am thrilled for the common journal idea. I can now consolidate all my little slips of paper. I am ready to get started. Definitely checking out the 6 minute. Thank you

  11. The commonplace book looks promising! I've heard of it once before, but of course, I forgot. I do have a spare journal I can use right now though. Time to start taking notes!

  12. Another great video 😁 You have inspired me to get the 6 minute diary – I wanted to do a 30 day journaling challenge so this will give me the back bones. I also do a bullet journal (very basic version!). I started 2019 and have found it really beneficial. I put my inspirational quotes in there (but, unlike your system, would have to copy them across to a new bullet journal once the year ends if they still resonate with me ). Mxx 🤗

  13. I started to be minimalist and at first I want to sell and give away all my jewellery brough from shops… I have lots of that,buying just because looks pretty-but then very rare I was wearing it… So NO more jewellery… Then I gonna look at other things what I really don't need

  14. Thanks so much for the video, Vera – you've given me lots of good ideas! I'm going to start a commonplace journal, I had no idea these were a thing before now. Exactly like you, I see quotes and inspiring things and always think "there's no way I can forget this!" and then I always do… I love the idea of having a little book of inspiring things for the days I'm feeling in need of them!

  15. Great vid Vera! I saw your books you want to read and I have the I am a cat book!! It's one of the books I want to read!! Love your braid!! I can't wait til the weather cools down and I can wear my braid again, this hot weather has me crabby today, your vid cheered me up!! Hugs!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗💚💚💚💚💚
    Ps. Think I would like to try the common place journal. ♥️♥️♥️

  16. Very inspiring!!! I loved learning about that beautuful 6 Minute Diary! And, I keep a Bullet Journal quite simple… which works very good for me! I didn't even realize it but I used to keep a CommonPlace Book full of quotes… and now I'm inspired to start again. Yesterday I had pulled the first one out & the thought crossed my mind that I miss writing in it & reading the quotes & thoughts I had written! Thank you for the beautiful inspiring video!!!

  17. Loved this video! Thanks for sharing your ideas. 🙂 I’ve been bullet journaling for 3 years now, and I really like the method as I find it helps not feeling overwhelmed by the things to do. However, it’s been difficult to stick to the habit since I started working full-time.
    Daily journals are even “worse” for me: though I love the idea, I never managed to keep one for more than a month! But I could see myself keeping a 6 minute journal or a short, straightforward gratitude journal 🙂

  18. 台所 means a kitchen.
    In Japanese version, the title of the book is キッチン. キッチン is kitchen in katakana.
    English version have Japanese title and Japanese version have English title😆

  19. I will be ordering the 6 Minute Diary from your link….It the one I will use the most as it resonates with me….full scale Bullet Journal is just too much for me, at least for now…….this video, as all your videos is packed full of wonderful tips and information…the quality of your videos, footage, photos has improved significantly…..very impressed …Big Hugs sweetie.

  20. I use a bullet journal for all my To Dos and I love it. I have seen the 6-Minute-Diary lately in aa bookshop. It really sounds interesting, I have to take a deeper look to it.
    Thank you for this video.
    Greetings from Germany

  21. Hello Vera i’m curious to know are the pages interchangeable in the journal so you only have to buy the cover one time ?

    Is there a set time you begin the journal say like on January 1 or is it just a random time of the year?

  22. I don't have a bullet journal but I do have a common place journal it's great to get thoughts out and my favorite quotes. I like to review them when I'm feeling down.

  23. Common place book.. I have a small notebook for that but I never know it has got a name. I love this video so much. thank you dear 😊

  24. I use a bullet journal but somehow it has not led to any improvement in my life. I don't know what I'm missing here. I also have a 5minute journal practice which I seem to be doing just to fill up the pages.

  25. Such a good video!!! 🙂
    Have a nearly similar routine with these things. But i think i will try your way a bit more next year. 🙂

  26. I was trying to think where I'd seen the 6 minute journal before then realised I already own it! I bought it a few months ago, put it on my book shelf and completely forgot about it! (I don't buy so many things I forget what I bought, I just have memory issues from illness and if I put things in a place I won't look often then I tend to forget about them!). Thanks for the reminder, I was excited to see it on my shelf and have put it on my bedside table so I don't forget again 😀

  27. I think the bullet journal was made for me. I can structure my work schedule and create pages the way I want. The 6 minute journal looks good. I may get one. I have a journal for collecting quotes. I love it. I love journaling.

  28. I like the idea of the 6 minute journal. Currently I bullet journal, and include aspects of the 6 minute journal there. But that can be a bit much and overwhelming to maintain. Thanks for the tip.
    I also have a commonplace journal, but I didn't know it was referred as such.

  29. The 6 min diary doesn't ship to India ☹️
    Love ur videos Vera…ur voice in itself is so calming and helps making changes not stressful 😁😍

  30. Hi Vera,
    Thanks for all your beautiful videos. I find them soothing and they inspired me to let go of a lot of things. You’re helping me more than you could ever imagine.
    Now I know this is a very personal question but what do you do with your bullet journal, 6-min book and common place book when they are full?
    Do you keep them as memories or are you able to let them go? I am just curious as these are the type of things that I find challenging to let go sometimes.
    Thanks again for everything you do! <3

  31. I know your video is not about your outfit, but it is most adorable and the color suits you so well! Thank you for your informative, professional video. 💛💛💛 Rosemary

  32. This video makes me happy not only because I love Bullet Journal but also because I have just bought The 6 minutes diary two weeks ago. I’m eager to start it soon ❤️

  33. I kinda combine all my notebooks in a travelers notebook. I use it for bulletjournaling, journaling, drawing and random notes/ideas. Keeping it all together makes me use it more, write more and it just clicks. It helps that I bring it constantly too. It's often on the go I need my book the most.

  34. common place book, i don't know that there is a name for my litle book i have with me thins i was a teenager 😉 love youre Videos, thank you for youre inspiration. the 6 minute diary is perfect for me, i will make this next year👍 have a nice start in youre week. 💝 from germany

  35. It is so amazing that all these journals actually have a name! I never knew that. And, journals and planners looked always so daunting on YouTube (I am not very good decorating and scrapbooking,actually not at all good), but after watching your video I think I will give it a try!

  36. I like to keep a prayer journal with answered prayers so I have something to reflect on when I'm having a bad day

  37. Hi, I have been wanting to journal for quite some time now, I have nice books lovely pens to inspire me but for some reason(I dont know why) I never get it going. Id love to journal and have a weekly planner…..HELP! lol. I do have a commonplace book which I write affirmations in and really enjoy it. I am really into the law of attraction and try to practice it on a daily basis. What are your thoughts on the law of attraction, and would you consider doing a video on it? I really enjoy your videos and always look forward to the next one especially if its a two part series. Thank you and much love sent from Scotland xx

  38. Great ideas, Vera.  I use a diary app in my tablet but I like to keep it in a book.  Thank you for sharing good examples.  By the way, your handwriting is so neat that it makes the journal look even nicer.  I wish I could make my journal so neat and organized.

  39. I also have a bullet journal but I'm minimalist when I don't need to relax and be more creative when I need the extra de-stressing method in my life. I also have a normal planner for my job and I have a weekly magnet thingy that I stick to the fridge or have it in my office =) I love lists and planning so I do have a notebook just for expenses and another for brain dump but I don't use it that much because I'm using Evernote and it's great that it come go with me everywhere =) Bullet Journaling is something I will always do because it de-stresses me when I'm overwhelmed and when I'm preoccupied with someone too. But next year I will not be buying the job planner I'm just going to use Evernote =) Great video <3

  40. Hi! I've been watching your videos for a while but I didn't expect you to speak Japanese that well, so I was shocked in a good way. All the info that you share with us is very beneficial for us to create a better life. Dank U! Sending you hugs from Japan^^

  41. Hi Vera, I like your bullet journal set up. How do you keep track of appointments? I have students and need to keep track of what days they are coming for lessons, if they have paid for their lesson and if the lesson was moved or canceled. How can I put that in the "Weekly To Dos"?

  42. I'd never heard about a commonplace journal until watching this video, so thank you! It sounds like the perfect way for me to record all the snippets I find inspiring throughout the day. I did some research on it, and I found that the Italians came up with something very similar, though not quite as organized: the zibaldone. That's what mine will be! Ha ha!

  43. Love your simple bujo and the idea of a commplace book! Do you keep a food or exercise journal? Do you have a set numbers of hours or videos you watch on YouTube for example 2 videos a day or 30 minutues? Also I have seen articles about simple living and minimalism about jobs/career. For example, someone leaving a professional job to work as a barista at a coffee shop: that might be a nice video idea.

  44. I have a dream journal, a thought journal and a to do list journal.
    The to do list one is just generally multiple pages with the same things in it, because I am such a procrastinator. 🙁

  45. Hi Vera I enjoyed this ❤️ I too am meditating more now it really helps me to focus on myself a bit more my me time 😀 I have a book I keep with just quotes in didn’t know that it had a name you always teach me something! It’s a bit big to carry around so I will treat myself to a smaller one to keep with me in my handbag to refer to when needed?? Great tips as always 🧘‍♀️

  46. What a great video and channel! These are such great ideas and I am going to share with my wife! Blessings! 🙂

  47. Great Video! I have a bullet journal, but i don’t use it constantly. I love the idea of the commonplace journal, I haven’t heard about it before. And I’m going to start one today! Thanks for sharing!

  48. I already use a bullet journal which deffinately is a big help getting things out of my head and actually doing things (and on time too! 😛 ) I have been bullet journaling on and off for 10 years + now. (And yes that is before the book. It was already a thing before that autor made it into a book)
    and am interested in the common place journal. I also like the idea of the 6 minute journal but not so much the price of the journal. Maybe if I find one near me and can page trough it I might change my mind tho!

  49. lovely video! I have a daily journal that I use mostly as an agenda to keep me organized, and another one that I use to write down thoughts at night. It's supposed to help "download" thoughts and help with sleep quality. Great tips 🙂

  50. I am so excited that, as a practising minimalist, you have 3 journals! I always felt I "should" only have 1. You gave me joy and a sense of relief. Thank you! 💖

  51. As a poet and writer, I highly recommend that people take the time to write their thoughts down. For me, it makes structure out of what can be a very chaotic world. It slows your thoughts down for a brief time and allows you to kinda take inventory of your mind. I like to call it "taking a mental snapshot." It's a review of the present moment or the day…a day or two later, you can look back and see what went wrong and why…or you can recheck it to see what you did right.

  52. As a poet and writer, I highly recommend that people take the time to write their thoughts down. For me, it makes structure out of what can be a very chaotic world. It slows your thoughts down for a brief time and allows you to kinda take inventory of your mind. I like to call it "taking a mental snapshot." It's a review of the present moment or the day…a day or two later, you can look back and see what went wrong and why…or you can recheck it to see what you did right.

  53. As a poet and writer, I highly recommend that people take the time to write their thoughts down. For me, it makes structure out of what can be a very chaotic world. It slows your thoughts down for a brief time and allows you to kinda take inventory of your mind. I like to call it "taking a mental snapshot." It's a review of the present moment or the day…a day or two later, you can look back and see what went wrong and why…or you can recheck it to see what you did right.

  54. Hello Vera! I follow and enjoy all your videos and am interested in journaling. Unfortunately since my husband passed away unexpectedly 2 weeks ago, I am having a very hard time with the "gratitude" part. Any suggestions?

  55. Thank you so much, Vera, for your kind words and sharing Joanne's lovely article (I cried through the whole read). Her book sounds very helpful and inspiring will try to find it on Amazon. Unfortunately here in Spain those support groups do not exist so I have to go it alone.

  56. I like the ideas in this video. I already started to implement the commonplace journal about what I find inspiring. It's great to be able to remember things like these.

  57. I've ordered the 6 minute journal, so thank you for the tip. And I've started a common place journal also. I was like you screen shot things on my phone and they get lost in a digital vortex.

  58. I am new to your channel and have watched 3! May I know your lipstick colour and where you got your blue ring? I am going to try the commonplace journaling tips you have.

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