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If you’re feeling like experimenting more and looking for more Bullet Journal pages to add to your monthly setup – you’re in the right place! Let me share with you 25 page ideas to rock your month!
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There are tons of pages you can use in your Bullet Journal, but they often work differently. Some are great collections to last you through the year, some are better used on weekly spreads.
My favorite spreads are monthly ones though. And that’s what I want to share with you today – what kind of spreads you can use in your monthly setups.
Before we dive into the list, let me just make it clear that you don’t have to use them all at once. Actually, I usually recommend trying just one or two new spreads per month.
Having a lot of new pages leads to overload, believe me. I did it when I first started my BuJo and very quickly I realized it’s not a way to go – I got too overwhelmed filling out all those pages and it became more of a chore than a tool for productivity.
This, of course, doesn’t really apply to our current situation with the quarantine. For me right now my BuJo is an escape and a calming place to deal with all this madness, so the more I can use it the better.
Plus, I bet now that we are all locked in a lot of pages you usually use aren’t really useful so there is definitely a need for more fun pages to experiment with!
Basic Bullet Journal Monthly Pages
First, I want to talk about what I call basic pages. These are the spreads me and a lot of others in the community use every month, so I’d say they are universally disregarding what is the purpose of using a journal for you.
Month At A Glance
First, of course, you need your month at a glance. There are tons of ways to do that, my favorite way is having a calendar – I just really perceive it better that way.
This is your place to add deadlines, events, birthdays and all the other things you need to understand how your month is planned.
During social distancing and quarantine, I use it to mark birthdays and holidays of course, but also days when we leave the house for grocery shopping and appointments for a zoom meeting with the rest of the family.
To Do List
This is also a must to unload all your monthly tasks and get a great view on what is happening and how busy your month will be.
During the quarantine, I still use it, since I work from home. But if you don’t, you can use it to write down any chores you have around the house. If you’re locked at your house, you might as well use it to make your living space nicer.
The Habit tracker is a fantastic tool to keep up with your good habits and work on creating a better daily routine.
What I faced while being on quarantine in the USA is that a lot of habits don’t really work when you’re stuck at home, so I had to repurpose my habit tracker.
What you can do is add these quarantine related things, such as taking your vitamins (I’m taking some to be sure my immune system is at its best), doing some self-care activities, talking to the family.
In these hard times it’s important to remember not to lock yourself out of the world, but try to stay connected and take extra good care of yourself. Use your habit tracker to reflect it.
Gratitude log in my every month must-have page. It teaches me to be more mindful of the world around me and more grateful for all the amazing things I have in my life.
I feel like it’s extremely important now that we are locked inside our homes and it all seems gloomy. Gratitude log will help you to find something amazing each day.
Now let’s talk of some other pages you can have in your journal. I’m experimenting with lots of them myself and it’s very fun and useful – I managed to find several pages I surely will be keeping for next month’s setup!
Keeping your home clean is a big job, and it’s something very easy to forget. Unless I have it scheduled, I’d probably remember to clean only when I get noticeably dirty.
There are really so many things happening in life, it’s pretty easy to lose track of your cleaning chores. That’s why it’s pretty useful to have a schedule and a monthly tracker to be sure you’re on top of your cleaning!
Now that we are all stuck at home, it could also be a great time to do spring cleaning, so you might want to include a huge spring cleaning tracker as well, with all the chores for each area of your house.
Creating routines is so important not only to be productive but generally to have more energy and being more organized.
By creating a routine you, first of all, develop something that will help you use your time the best way. And secondly – it frees out some of the decision making energy so you can use it on something else.
There are several routines you can create – morning routine, evening routine and my perfect day.
Routines are especially important now when we have to do everything at home and all our lives are upside down. Think of what you want to do, create a routine and you will not just be more organized, it will also help you mentally to feel like you have control over your life.
This is a very useful tool to monitor your general happiness. By paying attention every day to your moods, you’re grooming yourself to be more mindful and take better care of yourself.
Make sure you also use this tool to improve your moods. When you see you’ve not been doing that well – make time to take care of yourself and do something to cheer up.
Ok this isn’t exactly a spread to set up, but it’s a very useful section to have in your BuJo monthly.
I started having the journaling pages in April setup and I’m really in love with this practice. It’s even more beneficial than I thought.
Journaling helps to organize your thoughts, realize your true goals. It’s also a great therapy tool to help you relieve stress and discover more about yourself.
It’s extremely important during the worldwide health crisis we are having now when the levels of anxiety are extremely high.
If you don’t really have space or time to have a full-on separate notebook for journaling, at least make sure you do a bit in your BuJo, just a few sentences a day can make a big difference.
Tracking your spendings can be so beneficial. You’ll see your spending patterns and be able to control it better, or at least analyze and decide whether you’re spending your money exactly as you want.
It’s also super useful when you’re trying to build up your savings. Your spendings tracker can tell you that maybe if you have your coffee at home you’ll be able to pay off your student loans a year earlier.
It might sound irrelevant now that we are stuck at home, but I feel like it’s even more relevant. Apart from general shopping sprees to buy EVERYTHING before they run out, there is also shopping therapy.
With a good feeling when you buy things, the discounts many places offer and of course general desire to support small business, it can get a bit out of control. A spendings tracker will keep you aware of all the purchases.
This is a great spread when you’re dealing with a chronic illness since this tracker will help you see your progression and react accordingly.
It’s on this list also because it might be something you’d want to use during the quarantine, especially if you’re still required to work outside.
This of the symptoms people infected usually display and make sure to track them so you’d know as soon as you have any changed with your health,
So far I’d say the most important one is temperature, so be sure to log it every day.
But apart from your physical health, this can be a very useful spread for your mental health, especially in stressful situations like this pandemic.
Try tracking your mental symptoms – extra anxiety, panic attacks, headaches, feelings of depression, fatigue. Pay attention to your mental health and be sure to ask for help when it’s needed.
Here is something fun you can do! Create a bucket list of fun things you want to do during that month (or the whole season).
It’s like your to-do list but of fun things. It’s easy to get so into life that you forget to have little fun and enjoy things around you. Create a bucket list and be sure to complete at least a few of the things from the list during the month.
For us quarantined folks this could also be a fun list of things you can do at home. It feels like it’s just Netflix and couch, but if you get a bit creative you’ll see there is so much more you can do at home!
This is always a great add-on to your monthly setup. I love quote pages – they challenge your creativity and are a positivity boost.
I love looking back at them and always get a charge of energy and motivation from the words I put on the paper.
This might be exactly what you need now when we struggle with social distancing and the world looks a bit darker.
Speaking of quote pages, if you want to learn how to create them check out my post: How To Create Beautiful Quote Pages In Your Bullet Journal.
Houseplant Care Spread
Houseplants are always a great way to bring some more life to your home.
But I never actually managed to grow any, unfortunately it’s just not something I’m good at.
I bet I’m not the only one, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have plants! Create plant care spread to help you out.
Write there the kind of plant and what care it needs, add a tracker to remind yourself to water it as often as needed.
While we are staying at home it might be a good chance to learn a new skill, such as gardening. Maybe you can even start a little herb garden.
This is my favorite page to create each month. I basically just assemble all the happiest memories and little things that happen during the month and create a collage-like page.
It’s a great way to preserve your memories and these pages are my favorites to look back at.
It also teaches you that there are so many good things happening in your life! Every month when I set down to create this page I’m amazed how many awesome things actually happened since my general impression is that it was just ok.
Stay healthy with a meal plan! I always struggle with having healthy meals, since it’s very last minute with me and I never end up making good choices.
If you’re hungry wouldn’t you have some pizza in 30 minutes vs a healthy meal in an hour? Plus a healthy meal also means a lot of prep work and that’s not something you can easily just do.
But if you have a meal plan it’s not an issue! Plan out the meals, the shopping and it will be very easy to follow through.
It’s especially a good time to start now when we all have more time on our hands.
This is one of those spreads that will always help you to be happier and keep yourself motivated.
It’s all pretty easy – create a spread with affirmations that help you to achieve your goals or feel better. And every morning when you wake up and every evening before going to bed read them to yourself.
Or you can write our affirmations every day, which can be even better. When writing things down we tend to be more mindful and more focused.
Social Media Tracker
Are you growing your Instagram or your Tic Toc tribe? Why not follow your progress with a social media tracker.
You can also use it to plan out your content, which is the key to make sure you don’t miss any posting.
I’ve been meditating for a while and I must say it’s a really life-changing practice.
By spending just a few minutes meditating you calm down, you let your thoughts flow naturally, there is a certain feeling of peace.
I feel like this really is a must now when the levels of anxiety are super high. Meditation can help you calm down, as well as stay spiritually connected to the world.
Meditation tracker will make sure you’re staying on top of it and making sure you’re working on sticking to your new habit.
Healthy Snack Ideas
Snacks have always been my undoing. When you need a quick fix it’s so easy to go with some junk food.
That of course if you don’t have a simple alternative. By creating a list of healthy snack ideas, you’re making it easy for yourself to stay healthy.
You’ll know what to shop for during your next grocery trip, and next time you feel like a snack you’ll have tons of healthy ideas in your BuJo to choose from.
Self Care Checklist
Nobody ever has time for self-care. Or at least that’s the way it feels. With all the chores and responsibilities, it feels almost selfish to spend some time just on yourself.
It’s not true though, you always have to take care of yourself first and foremost!
To make it easier on yourself, create a list of little self-care things you can do for yourself next time you have a little break or feeling down.
Just like with healthy snacks, it’s all ultimately about making self-care an easier choice.
Another thing you can do is to create a self-care tracker when you have very simple things to do. It can help you to make sure you do at least one thing for yourself every day.
If you want more ideas of this kind of pages, be sure to check out these posts:
Online shopping is big, and I bet just like me you’re probably buying more things than you thought,
Create a monthly online shopping spread. Add what you bought, how much you spent, a tracking number and arrival date.
It’s useful to keep track of these things and know when to look for a parcel in your mailbox.
Having enough sleep is crucial for your physical and mental health alike. There can be too much and too little sleep, both instances are bad for your health and happiness.
Having a sleep tracker will allow you to monitor how you are doing.
I’d advise you to use your sleep tracker together with a mood tracker, so you can figure out how your sleep influences your moods and find the best sleeping schedule.
I find that it’s extremely important now during the quarantine. I found myself sleeping too much and it really influenced my moods negatively.
I’m happy it was something I monitored so I cut out on the sleep and felt much better and more positive.
Time logging is a practice of writing down how exactly you spend your time. I found this very useful when working on creating my routines and generally daily schedule.
I feel like it’s extremely important right now because we are all fish out of the water with the quarantine and working from home situation.
We all need to think of how to organize the days better to make sure we keep up with the family, our jobs and kid’s education.
A time log will be able to help you a lot with this.
If you wanna learn more about time logging and different ways to include it to your Bullet Journal, be sure to check my post Find Extra Hours In Your Day With Time Log.
Goals and Priorities Page
One of the reasons why we often don’t achieve the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year is because they are too big. When you have a whole year to achieve them it’s easy to put it off until it’s too late to actually do it by the end of the year.
The key to solving this problem is to divide your goals by smaller monthly goals. And write your action plan each month.
I’m also saying priorities here because when I plan my month I try to assign one thing to each month which is the most important thing for me to work on.
I feel like it’s extra useful now that all our lives were turned upside down with the pandemic and we really have to take it one day at a time and make our goals and plans more flexible.
My Favorite Things
I wanted to finish up this list with something fun you can add – a list of your favorite things during that month.
What movies did you like? What shows had you shocked? What books did you enjoy reading? Any new recipes you tried?
It’s a fun way to find extra joy in your days.
What pages are you experimenting with? What are some of your favorite monthly pages? Share with us in the comments!
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