The bullet journal future log is one of those spreads that can be amazingly useful, or annoyingly tedious. The difference is finding a system that works for you.
Everyone has their own style for how to organize their thoughts and life, so I present you with different future log ideas to help you find one that fits YOUR needs.
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Ryder Carroll’s set upRyder’s minimalist bullet journal set up is basically a two-page spread, each side divided into three sections, leaving spaces for 6 months of logging.
Horizontal future log ideas
Two-page spreadHere’s a variation of that spread with some color. (via The Wearability Project)
Mini calendarThis version includes a mini monthly calendar, and a divider with some personality. (via @maryj13)
Color codingIf colors are great visual aids for you, you can use it on the mini months to help you see what’s ahead at a glance. (via @maryj13)
Alternating mini monthliesTo switch things up a bit, try alternating your bullet journal monthlies from the left to the right. (via Pin image)
Vertical future log ideas
Mini monthIf you’d rather set up in columns, here’s one with the mini month at top. A nice plant bullet journal doodle theme makes this page more interesting. (via @maplebujo)
Mini months and days of weekThis set up combines the mini month view at top with a running column of the days of the month and corresponding day of the week to make it doubly easy to know exactly when your events and tasks are scheduled. (via Page Flutter)
12-month layout with washi tapeThis futuristic, minimalist future log is easy to set up with washi tape*. Love that bullet journal font for the header. (via Pin image)
Divided sectionIt may be more helpful for you to divide your months into sections to know what type or event or task you have scheduled. This spread has individual sections for events, appointments, tasks, and birthdays. (via @spaceandquiet)
Eddy Hope Method (calendex) version
You can find the original calendex set up by Eddy Hope on the Bullet Journal website.
Here’s a variation in action with some color. Write the months at the top, days of the month running down the side, and sectioned off based on the end/start of a week. Use color coding or symbols to indicate the type of event or task.
You can write the task or event in greater detail on the corresponding page, or wherever you’ve logged it in your bullet journal. (via @nerdy.flamingo)
Mini monthHere’s another alternative, placing a month-at-a-glance at the top. (via @sewhotmommi)
Alastair MethodAlastair’s method is a brilliant take on the future log that combines Ryder’s rapid logging and monthly set up. It’s such a simple way to easily know what time of year something is scheduled for without having to worry as a running list.
Horizontal versionHere’s one take on this method. (via @raehaus)
Mini monthAnd here’s one with a mini monthly at the top if having a calendar helps. (via Pin image)
Other unique bullet journal future log ideasAnd the creativity doesn't stop. Here are more spreads to show you what you can do with the future log layout.
Mix of vertical and horizontal layouts for each monthThis is a nice variation of horizontal and vertical sections for each month. Certainly kicks the monotony. (via @bujosis)
12 month squaresIf you prefer a year at a glance on its own spread, this future log would be the perfect accompaniment. So easy to see the corresponding month. (via @black.tea.books)
12 month squares with post-its
A similar layout, but using post-its*.
A great compromise in case the square itself is not enough space since you can stack the post-its. (via @soniarondon_)
Stacked post-itsSpeaking of stacking post-its, this style is a real space-saver. Just flip to the right month if you need to add something, and take away the months as they pass so you’re not sifting through past info. (via Pin image)
Mind mapIf you’d rather not go with traditional squares or rectangles. (via Pin image)
CirclesBullet journalists have used the circular shape, made with a ruler like this*, for many other spreads, like habit trackers as well as mood trackers, so why not try it for the future log? (via @the.petite.planner)
Someday pageYou may also have tasks or events that you don’t necessarily have scheduled, except for sometime in the future. Instead of trying to stick it on some random month, create a separate page specifically for these kinds of things that you want to get to eventually. (via Space and Quiet)
Tips to using the bullet journal future log effectively
1. Figure out what features of a future log are necessary for you.Do you need to know the day of the week a date falls under or does another spread, like the yearly overview accomplish that for you already? Does highlighting help you or cause more work?
2. Determine the layout that works for you.If you do need reference to the day of the week, is a mini calendar better, or a calendex view? Is it easier for you to see the entire year versus 4 or 6 months?
Input information based on priority or amount of flexibility.Put in set dates that can’t be negotiated first, then fill in with events or tasks that have more flexibility. Some examples of first things to put in a future log:
- Birthday, anniversaries, special occasions
- School schedule, exams and papers
- Work projects, blackout dates, huge deadlines
- Kids’ extracurricular activities (eg. sports meets)
Other items that may be priorities that have more flexibility in planning:
- Family time
- Vacation, days off
You may also have future to-do’s without a specific timeline but that you want to get around to sometime. Maybe you want to set a general timeframe (deep clean fridge in spring, go on a camping trip in the summer). Figure out where to log these kinds of events or tasks.
3. Visit your future log throughout the year.Review your future log monthly, or adjust that time frame depending on your lifestyle.
4. Test and tweak.You won’t know what works or doesn’t work for you unless you try it out. Maybe you think using different colored pens to write out tasks or events works for you, but then you come to realize that just adding colored signifiers next to the line items are more effective.
I hope these bullet journal future log example spreads and tips help you sort through all the great things that are yet to come and that your future self will thank you for!
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