The bullet journal monthly spread is my favorite overview of what’s going on in my life. It’s like the baby bear of time, not too short and not too long, but just the right time frame to know what’s currently going on and coming up.
Keep life sorted with these monthly log bullet journal calendars ideas.
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Original vertical monthly log style
Founder Ryder Carroll uses a simple technique to create a monthly spread. Write the name of the month at the top, then in a column of numbers along the edge of the page to represent the days in that month.
Here are some creative spins on the original system.
Two columnsYou can run the vertical calendar list into two columns if you don’t want it to run down the entire page. (via @luckyletters)
Color to make weekends stand outWrite the day of the week next to the date. Use a different color for the weekends. (via Christina 77 Star)
Calendex versionUse lines to separate the weeks. Another tip you can take from this spread that you don’t have to use a single line per day’s entry. If you have a longer description for something, draw a line to mark from the date to the start of the task or event. (via Pin image)
SColumns for personal vs work tasksYou can also color code* each week. Separate work from personal tasks. You can also assign colors by type of entry in the vertical calendar, or if you use your bullet journal for the family, for each family member. I also like how the corresponding page has a space to track money in the bullet journal week by week. (via @haleyjournals)
Columns by time of dayA minimalist bullet journal spread like this can be divided into three columns, for morning, afternoon, and evening, to be extra organized with your time schedule. (via Interpuncted Thirty)
Vertical monthly log as column dividerThis gorgeous spread uses the running list of dates in the center, which acts as a separating line for personal vs business tasks. (via @bujowithbecky)
Bullet journal monthly spread with calendar boxesThese layout ideas incorporate a "traditional" calendar format.
Simple yet elegantSkip writing out the entire day of week and keep it to the first initial. Use stickers or simple doodle pictures or planner stickers to decorate the page. (via Pin image)
Washi tape headerWashi tape in your bullet journal is an excellent way to easily add some design and personality to your pages. Here's some glittery washi tape*. (via @demyrocks)
With habit trackerMakes sense to have your bullet journal habit tracker next to your monthly spread like this. (via Kate Louise)
Monday starterIf you like to think of your weeks starting on Monday your monthly spread can easily reflect that. (via Pin image)
Section for future tasks for following monthI like how clear that lettering on this page is from a quality, thick black pen*. What’s also a nice feature to include in the monthly spread is a section for tasks that are coming up in the following month or a space to log what needs to be added to next month’s tasks. It’s like a baby version of the bullet journal future log concept. (via @bluenittany)
6 columnsHere, you have a 6-column spread, with the weekends sharing half of the same cell. (via @happilyeveafter_)
With watercolorA elegant touch of watercolor can make your page stand out. I also like how the sections on the side are boxless for a more minimalist look. (via @bahcampos)
Horizontal in notebookIt’s a more conducive shape to create your typical calendar in. (via @stylish.historian)
Vertical days of the weekThis is a little out of the box. Instead of having your days of the week run across horizontally, make it vertical instead. (via Pin source)
With motto of the monthUsing the same idea as the one above, but what I like about this spread is the section for motto of the month. Doesn’t hurt to have a motivational quote to to inspire you when you look at your bujo. (via Michilicious)
Monthly spreads with calendar at-a-glanceThese layout pages incorporate a small version of the calendar for reference.
Monthly cover themeMake the calendar its own page with a nice monthly cover complete with a nice bullet journal font and themed drawings. (via @letteringwithleni)
Combined with vertical monthly logUse the monthly cover theme in conjunction with a vertical calendar log. I like the use of highlighting* to make the weekends stand out. (via @qualcosadierre)
Large at-a-glance calendarThe at a glance doesn’t have to be small. This one takes up almost the entire page. (via @my_journaling_corner)
Other unique spreadsIn this final section, you'll find more fun ideas.
Horizontal calendar logMakes for a nice-looking timeline, doesn't it? (via @mochibujo)
Fold out calendarGenius bullet journal hack. I like how it allows for a bigger overview of the month, but also let's you focus on the day to day each week. (via @fontsandfigures)
HexagonsIf squares or rectangles get boring for you, try other shapes and have a little fun with your bullet journal pages. (via @elenishandmade)
Circle calendarBullseye. (via @pureplanning_bymj)
Some pretty creative bullet journal calendars, huh? I hope these inspirational bullet journal monthly spreads spark your creativity for years to come!
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