Do you ever get tired of doing the same thing over and over again? I know I do, especially when it comes to planning.
That’s why I love the bullet journal system so much because there’s so much flexibility and room to create something new when you need it. So, if you’re like me and get tired of doing the same spread that you’ve been doing for months, you can change it up!
The monthly log is a great example. This particular page is pretty much essential to the bullet journal system, so of course there are tons of different layouts and styles on the internet. Here are 5 of my favorite monthly layouts, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of each one!
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This is very similar to the original monthly layout that was first introduced with the bullet journal system. It’s definitely very simple and elegant, although I’ve always had trouble with this layout because I’m such a visual person. Not having a calendar to look at was just way too difficult for me, but this is still such a gorgeous layout! Great for a minimalistic bullet journal.
- Quick and easy to set up
- Clean, organized style
- Lots of space to write events
- No visuals (calendar)
This layout is similar to the original monthly spread, but it’s included a calendar element, which is awesome. If you’re a visual person, but want a simple design, this is a great layout to try.
- Everything fits on one page
- Calendar visual
- Less space to jot down events
This layout is the closest you’ll get to a planner-esque setup. For the longest time, this was how I set up my monthly logs, but eventually I just got fed up with trying to create a huge calendar in my journal and moved to a much smaller one.
This takes a bit longer to set up, but if you just want a regular, simple calendar for your bullet journal, this is a great setup.
- Calendar visual
- Room for goals, notes, etc.
- Takes more time to set up
- Less space for each day
Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful monthly designs I’ve seen in the BUJO community! Again, it’s similar to the original bullet journal monthly that Ryder Carroll produced, but it has got a lot of creativity mixed in.
- Unique and creative
- Aside from the drawing aspect, quick to set up
- Clean design
- Again, no calendar visual
- Not a lot of space
You may recognize this layout from this post, since this is my January setup for my 2018 bullet journal! I definitely modeled it after the monthly layouts from @feebujo, and out of every monthly layout I’ve tried, this has been my favorite.
Like I said earlier, I’ve got to have a calendar or else I won’t even use my monthly log, and I don’t like the large calendars. Thus, the smaller, fits-on-one-page calendars are a lifesaver!
Rather than put my events in the boxes, I’ve written them off to the side for more space and a cleaner look.
- Simple, fairly easy layout
- There’s not a lot of space to put all of the important dates for the month
- The calendar is basically sideways- you’ve got to turn your journal to see it
Of course, there are plenty of other monthly layout styles out there. But this gives you an idea of just how many different monthly layouts you can create!
If you need more bullet journal inspiration, be sure to check out these 50 bullet journal page ideas!
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And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pin this!
Which layout is your favorite? Let me know below!
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