Welcome back to the Bullet Journaling Basics series! I started using a bullet journal about a year ago, and have found it to be the absolute best (and probably only) way to keep me sane(-ish). There is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal, so please feel free to do your own thing, but since the system I've been using has been such a massive help to me, I thought it might prove helpful to you, too!
Now sit back, get a journal or notebook and a pen ready, and let me walk you through the basics of this magical, magical bullet journaling system.
THE MONTHLY LOG
Along with the Future Log, the Monthly Log is one of the most important pages in your bullet journal, and you'll find yourself referring to it very, very often. The Monthly Log, much like the Future Log, serves as an at-a-glance planner, which makes it easy to put together, and extremely functional.
When setting up your Monthly Log, you need to refer to the Future Log you've already created. (Haven't got your Future Log set up yet? Click here and I'll walk you through that!) Basically all you're going to do is transfer the information from your Future Log into your Monthly Log, and will then add details, details, details.
My Monthly Log usually takes up two pages, as can be seen below. I've got the calendar (events, dates, appointments) set up on the left, and tasks set up on the right.
Tip: Use color coding for personal, family, work, etc. to be able to quickly identify which category each event/task falls under!
First begin transferring events from your Future Log to your Monthly Log. (LEFT in the above photo)
Now, referring to the events you just filled in, begin writing your task list. (RIGHT in the above photo) By referring to your events, you can include any tasks that may need to be completed in relation to any event.
Now that you've listed tasks that are related to the month's events, begin transferring any other tasks from your Future Log to your Monthly Log.
The monthly task list can get a little long, but this list is great because, in my opinion, it doesn't feel like it's putting a lot of pressure on me to get everything done at once. It's a nice long list, but I know that it's for the entire month. When I check the list each week, I can choose which tasks are priority and which can wait another week or two.
Annnnnd, now you're done. It's really that simple.
I have another present for you though, to help get you get started.
Remember the Future Log templates I made for you? (Download them here!) Well I've also gone and made you a Monthly Log template! This template, just like the Future Log templates, may be printed as it is on a full page, or if you want to scale it down to 70% (like I have in the photo here ⤵︎) it'll fit very nicely into an A5 planner!
If you're using a system similar to mine (I use a traveler's notebook), and you don't want to have to flip back and forth all of the time between your Monthly Log and other pages (I'll be talking to you about the Weekly Setup next time!), you can also print the Monthly Log template on a smaller scale to be clipped onto whichever page you need it, as you can see I've done here! ⤵︎
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Now please, please let me know if you have any questions – you know I love hearing from you! ⤵︎