Today we talk about monthly log. This is some basic stuff from the Bullet Journal system and I want to tell you how to use it best and the options you have to set it up, so you can create a monthly layout that’s perfect for you. Plus I’ll give you 31+ Bullet Journal monthly log inspirations to get your creativity flowing.
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A monthly log is a place to create a bird’s eye view of whatever is happening with your month. But of course, as everything in your Bullet Journal, it’s totally customizable and can serve you in any way you need.
Let’s look into some options and concepts and then check inspirations from amazing creators on Instagram to give you ideas for your own monthly log.
A monthly log is basically a page where you organize your month. Mind-blowing uh? Keep in mind this isn’t a place to write all your monthly tasks (for that you’ll have a monthly to-do list). No, this is the place where you write down important appointments, deadlines, and other plans, so you can get, at a glance, how your month feels.
A monthly log usually comes together with a monthly to-do list, which is a list of all the tasks you have this month. I’m telling you people, I’m sharing earth-shattering concepts here with you! Just, remember to not be too detailed: it’s not a place where you should be writing write “remember to do the dishes on Monday”.
How To Fill Out You Monthly Log
Ok, let’s get to business! First, you have to check with your future log to see if you already have anything big planned this month. The rest, you fill out during the month as new appointments arise.
Here are a few ideas on what you can write in your monthly log:
- Doctor visits
- Friend’s meetups
As for your monthly to-do list, make sure you analyzed your last month and see if there are any tasks you didn’t complete and need to migrate them into this month.
What Can You Add To Your Monthly Log
As I mentioned before, your monthly log usually comes together with a monthly to-do list. But depending on how you set it up, there are a few more options on what you can add to this spread.
- Habit tracker
- Monthly goals
- Beast of
- Next month
How To Set Up A Monthly Log
I bet you saw plenty of cool monthly setups on Pinterest and Instagram. How can you pick the perfect one for you? My answer is to just try out all of them, of course!
That’s definitely what I did and I finally figured out what works the best for me. I’m not joking! I tried ALL of them! How did I accomplish this huge task, you might ask? Simple! The secret is… that there are only around 5 setups, basically. Here, let me briefly summarize them for you.
Classic Vertical Format
Following the original Bullet Journal setup, you just write all the dates and days of the week in one column. To add variety here, you can highlight the weekend days in different colors to be able to find them at first glance. You can also put this column in the middle, so you can divide your appointments by personal on one side and work-related on the other.
This is probably the easiest way to set up your monthly log, and I find it really stylish looking. Plus it takes only one page, so on the neighboring one, you can add your to-do list. However I myself am quite old fashioned, and I just really need a calendar view.
To sum up.
- It’s really simple and easy to set up, great for beginners
- You only need a black pen
- You get a whole line to write your appointments per day
- There isn’t much space to be creative
- This style calendar is not really intuitive
- It’s not very convenient if you have a lot of things happening in one day
This is a standard format and you can’t go wrong with it. That’s the one you’ll see the most because it’s more intuitive.
This format is pretty useful, especially if you have a lot going on and need space to add things to your monthly log. However, it doesn’t allow for much space for any other spreads you want to have together with it
- The grid is the most intuitive one
- There is plenty of space for people with busy schedules
- There is enough space to style the spread according to your monthly theme
- There isn’t much space for anything extra
- Might be a waste of pages if you’re not too busy
- It’s not that easy to set up because you’ll need to calculate the table extending on two pages, always an issue for me
Personally, I don’t like big calendars, because I don’t usually have as many appointments or deadlines as other people, so it’s kind of a waste. I really needed to have something that could tell me what important meetings or appointments I had for that month at a simple glance, without having to look for them for long.
So I went for a little bit modifies format – condensed calendar.
If you’re a fan of calendar view but two pages is a little too much – this might be the perfect option for you. Confidence your calendar to a one page one and get tons of space to add anything else you need on your monthly log.
If your appointment schedule is as empty as mine usually is, maybe just add a tiny little calendar at the top of your page and use the rest for other sections of decorations and quotes.
- Easier to set up
- Gives a lot of space for other elements
- Still, have a calendar view of the month
- Not enough space for appointments
- Not that easy of an at a glance look
One more thing you can so with a calendar format in your monthly log is to create it vertically, where the week goes from top to bottom, not from right to left. Or when you need to turn your whole planner vertically to see the calendar.
I’m not a big fan of this format, but it definitely has it’s own advantages.
- The calendar is a whole page so enough space to write all appointments
- There is still a whole page to create any extra sections you need
- Can be pretty confusing, since the format isn’t intuitive
- You might need to move the journal to see it
Dutch Door Monthly Log
If you need a bigger monthly log but you want to still have a lot of sections in it, this option might be perfect for you.
By creating a dutch door, you allow for extra space, with you can use to add a vertical habit tracker, goals or maybe just a notes section – whatever you’ve been missing.
Just one tip – when you plan your dutch door, have a thought on what you want to put there since as you open and close the dutch door it will cover some things. So if you want to be able to see your calendar and a monthly to-do list at a glance, make sure to put the to-do list outside the cut-out page.
- Creative design
- Allows for extra space to add sections you need
- The calendar has enough space for al your appointments
- You have to cut your journal (it’s not that scary though!)
- You can’t see all information at a glance since a part will always be covered by the cutout page
I love this one, even though I haven’t really used it that often. First of all, It looks adorable! But if you want to do a circle calendar, definitely make sure you have this circle ruler. I tried to make a circle habit tracker without one and I failed miserably.
The disadvantage of this format would probably be the fact that you can’t really divide your tasks by work and personal life like with the vertical format (but then again you can’t do it in calendar view either! So, in the end, it’s entirely up to you).
To sum up.
- Looks cute
- You have more space for your daily appointments
- Can be a two-page log but still have space for other elements, like a to-do list or goals
- The hardest to set up
- Not very intuitive
Bullet Journal Monthly Log Inspirations
As I promised, I gathered for you tons of inspirations for monthly logs, check out these beautiful spreads.
What format do you prefer in your monthly log? Which one do you want to try? Share your opinions in the comments section below.
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