I’ve been using the bullet journal system for 2 months, and I love it! It’s perfect for me because I can design planner pages to fit exactly what I need.
I just finished setting up my monthly pages for December, so thought I’d share them with you.
Monthly Calendar Layout
I use a traditional calendar layout, but not for scheduling. Instead, I write down my favorite thing that happens each day. It’s a mini journal of sorts and helps me focus on the moments that matter.
Plan With Me Challenge / Business Income and Expenses
On the left side of this layout is the #planwithmechallenge run by @prettyprintsandpaper, @tinyrayofsunshine, and @boho.berry on Instagram. It’s a fun challenge where the members of the bullet journal community share ideas based on daily themes.
The right side of the layout is a simple tracker to record all of my business income and expenses each month.
December Monthly Spread and Habit Tracker
This spread is loosely based on the traditional monthly calendar in the original bullet journal system. I divided it into two columns for personal and business. On the right side of the page, I’m tracking my workouts, daily habits, and my mood.
The past couple months, I’ve been writing something I’m grateful for on each daily spread. After reading a post from Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine, I decided to make a full spread just for gratitude because I think it’s nice to be able to see all the things you’re grateful for in one place. I’m looking forward to filling it out this month. Rather than just listing general things I’m grateful for, I like to record something specific that happened in the last 24 hours. It helps me to see all the amazing things that are happening in my life.
Monthly Tasks / December Projects
My monthly task page is divided into business, personal, and Friday tasks. I add things to the Friday Tasks section that are simple things to do, but not urgent. These things seem to build up, so I schedule an hour every Friday to tackle this list. It’s amazing how many I can get through when I focus for an hour.
The December Projects page includes the projects I am working on this month. Below each project, I add tasks that need to be completed and cross them out when they are done. It’s a brain dump of sorts and helps me keep it all in one place so I can refer to it when creating my weekly schedule and my daily top priorities. This method is working well for me and has helped me complete some big projects the last couple months.
I create a weekly spread every week and haven’t settled on a spread I love yet, so you’ll likely see this one evolve. I record my appointments (which I take from my google calendar). I come up with a focus for each day, track my food and water, and have a section for an end-of-week review. I also list my top 3 priorities for each day on the right side of the page. If I do nothing else, I make sure to get these 3 priorities done.
The key to being successful with the Bullet Journal system is to make it your own. I love that I can adjust on the fly and create spreads that work for me.
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If you’re a Bullet Journal fan, I’d love to hear about any monthly pages you typically add to your Bullet Journal. I’m always looking for new and better ideas! Share with me in the comments below.