5 monthly log ideas for your bullet journal

5 monthly log ideas for your bullet journal

Last year I started bullet journaling, and it’s by far the best planning tool I’ve used in a long time.

Whenever I stumble across anything I love, I spread the word about how great it is to anyone who will listen.

In order to spread the love I have for bullet journaling, I’ve started a series on providing inspiration on how you can set up your future, monthly, weekly and daily logs.

The first post in this series was for setting up your future log, this one’s all about setting up your monthly log, which as the name suggests, helps you to organise your month.

Just like the future log, there are many different ways that bullet journal users have set their monthly logs up. Here are five that I’ve found, which I’m hoping will provide inspiration for your own bullet journal.

1. Official bullet journal monthly log

1. Official bullet journal monthly log

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How does it work?
This is the layout the creator of the bullet journal Ryder Carroll suggests for your monthly log.

The left hand side of the page lists each day of the month. Here you can write events, appointments, or even to dos against their relevant date. You can go into greater detail about them if needed on their relevant weekly/daily log (which you’ll create later).

The right hand side of the page is where you list tasks that you’d like to accomplish that month. It acts as a running to do list. If you have a date that they need to be done on you can add them to the left hand side of the page. Or, you can migrate them to the next month if you’re unable to complete them.

Pros

  • You can see at a glance what you have going on in an entire month
  • Easy to draw up
  • Events / appointments are listed chronologically

 Cons

  • You can’t break the days down by time
  • May not appeal to you if you’re used to a calendar grid layout
  • There’s no space for goal setting, or general notes

2. Official bullet journal monthly log plus goals

2 Official bullet journal monthly log plus goals

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How does it work?
This is the layout I use for my bullet journal (this image isn’t from my bullet journal though).

This layout combines the official bullet journal monthly log, with space for goal setting.

The left hand side is where the official bullet journal monthly log layout happens. This page works exactly the same way as described above.

Where this layout differs is on the use of the right hand page. Instead of just listing tasks for the month, this layout allows you to set out goals that you have for the month, which can be broken down by category. You can tailor the categories to what areas of your life you have set goals for. Or if you’d prefer, you could even list to dos that you need to do that month by category.

Pros

  • Customisable to your needs, as you choose categories of your life you want to focus on for that month
  • You can detail non-goal related items on the right hand side of the page if you’d like. For example, you may have to dos to complete by category, or general notes, even inspirational quotes you’d like to refer to later on
  • You can see at a glance what you have going on in an entire month

 Cons

  • You may feel compelled to fill up the entire space on the right hand side, which means you may not achieve all you set out to do
  • You can’t break the days down by time
  • May not appeal to you if you’re used to a calendar grid layout

3. Calendar grid monthly log with goals

3. Calendar grid monthly log with goals

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How does it work?
In this layout, the majority of space is taken up by a grid style calendar, where a box is dedicated to each day of the month.

To the right of the calendar there is space to list your goals for the month, in the same way as the previous layout. However, on this layout, there’s also space for a habit tracker.

A habit tracker lists habits you’d like to achieve for the particular month down the page, then across it has every day of the month, so at the end of the day you can tick off whether the habit was achieved or not. Examples of habits you may like to keep track off on a daily basis include exercise, water or vitamin intake, social media posting, etc.

 Pros

  • Uses a calendar grid layout that many of us know how to use
  • Ability to list and schedule goals and habits that you’d like to achieve for the month
  • You can see at a glance what you have going on in an entire month

 Cons

  • Three different elements means this layout will take a bit of time to draw up
  • There isn’t a lot of space to detail events in the calendar grid section
  • There isn’t a lot of space to list a variety of habits you’d like to track. If you have more habits then space, you will need to draw up a larger habit tracker elsewhere

4. Time tracker monthly log

4. Time tracker monthly log

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How does it work?
This layout uses the same vertical day and number layout as the official bullet journal monthly log, however that’s where the similarities end. To the right of the dates a page and a third of the next page are divided by three, where each division allows you to list the events / to dos for the month by the time of day they happen / need to happen.

At the end of the right hand side there’s space to list goals, and even draw up a mini calendar if required.

Pros

  • Less cluttered as entries are broken down by time, so they’re less likely to take up more than one line
  • You can easily see when your busy periods are
  • There’s a lot of room to go into detail if needed 

Cons

  • There’s not a lot of space to the right of the page to list down goals, notes, or to dos
  • The mini calendar only shows what day a date falls on, which you can see on the left hand page. This may be wasted space
  • If you want to use the mini calendar on this layout, you may need to colour code dates to remind you of entries (which has been done on the above image), which takes time

5. Calendar wheel monthly log

5. Calendar wheel monthly log

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How does it work?
A wheel is drawn, with each box on the wheel representing each day of the month.

Once drawn up you enter any events, appointments, birthdays, to dos, or anything else you need to do for that month on the wheel by linking them by a line under their relevant date.

Pros

  • It’s aesthetically pleasing
  • If you’re artistic there’s plenty of space to get creative
  • It only takes up one page

Cons

  • There isn’t much space to list more than one thing per day
  • Takes some time to draw up
  • You’ll need a compass to draw the circle

Conclusion
Just like the future log, there are many different ways to design your monthly log. Your choice will depend upon how efficiently it meets your needs.

Like always, the best advice I have is to try what’s best for you, and if it doesn’t work try something else until you find a design you’re comfortable with, and that suits your needs.

Other posts in this series
For more inspiration on how to layout your logs so they suit your needs perfectly, please visit these posts:

5 future log ideas for your bullet journal

Have you stumbled across a monthly log that suits your needs perfectly? If so I’d love to hear about it.

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