If you’re new to bullet journaling and you need to back up a bit to find out what it’s all about,
visit my post Why Bullet Journal?
In it I concisely explain the concept and provide tons of links to more inspiration!
I had so much fun gathering these Future Logs for you all and I’m excited to share! There are so many different ways to set them up, how will I ever choose what to do next???
But before we dive into the round up, here’s a little background on Future Logs:
Future Logs were not a part of Ryder Carrol’s original bullet journal, because the bullet journal was originally streamlined to be more of a present to-do list and less of a planner. However, he went back and revised his original system to incorporate this spread, which provides a fly-over view of future months.
Future Logs not an essential part of the system, but anyone who loves being organized will definitely want one. You can even choose how far you want your Future Log to stretch – I chose 6 months, but some choose less and some choose more. Again, the beauty of a bullet journal is it is whatever you want it to be!
Here’s my current (and first) Future Log, inspired by Christina. As you can see, I made a bit of an oopsie right at the start! It’s okay – I totally own the fact that I was making my Future Log so close to hers that I even copied her first month… lol. Expect to make several of ‘oopsies’ in your own bullet journal!
I just realized that by looking at this it appears I have NO LIFE. I definitely have more going on in my life than this spread shows, I just haven’t gotten around to transferring all those big event dates. By the way, that is totally a board game cruise scheduled in December – be jealous, be very jealous!
Now for the round up…
Let me preface this by saying, not all of these are necessarily my style. But I wanted to share several because the layouts I would never use might be perfect for you! Think about which spread fits you best, because you will be using it for several months.
If you’re going for a minimalist Future Log layout, this one from Cerries Mooney is it. (By the way, notice those tabs along the side? I’m a fan of the ‘current week’ tab.)
At first glance, I thought this Future Log spread from Kacheri was not something I’d be interested in at all. It just seems a lot like the monthly spread for several months at once. (Do I really want to write the numbers 1-30 four times???) But the more I think about it, I could definitely make this work with some color keys…
Here’s another ‘write out 1-30 four times’ spread from Rebecca Spooner. Just a different take of the same concept.
I’m really loving this spread from Noukka. I need a visualization of the calendar, but there is still plenty of room for events to be listed in this vertical fashion. (Part of the reason my Future Log isn’t as well-used is I fear putting less important events when I only have about 8 lines for each month!) I also love how there is a place for a monthly ‘focus’ – this could easily be a goal, verse of the month, or anything else!
Now I know this isn’t a spread… but this layout is quite tempting as well! If the Future Log isn’t something you see yourself using a whole lot, but you want one for big events, this single page layout from Breeeberry may be the solution.
I’m a visual person, so I love it that the calendar with a color-coded system is dominant. To quickly check if a date is available, check there. If you still need more details, there is a running index of the specifics for each date. It really conserves space! If July is really busy but August is slow, you aren’t limited to 8 lines for each month, you have around 30 lines for 3 months. LOVE it!!! (If you want a more thorough explanation of this system, check out Veronika’s post about her future log system.)
Which spread do you think you’ll use? Or do you have an idea of your own?