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Looking for inspiration for your bullet journal monthly layout? Look no further! I’ve been researching various monthly spreads to use for the month of October, and thought I’d share my findings.
My first month EVER was this September. I decided to go with a spread that chunks each day into morning, afternoon, and evening – inspired by Boho Berry’s monthly spread I affectionately call ‘The Obsessive Organizer’.
It is visually appealing and makes a whole lot of sense organizationally; however, I’m half-way through the month now and I can tell it’s just not the spread for me. My eyes are always searching for the day to be in one location, and with this spread, I have to find the date and go left to right. It’s just a little less intuitive for me than some of the other spreads I’ll be sharing with you today.
Now for the round up…
1. The Traditional Spread Calendar
This super-cute spread from Crafty Enginerd features a complete traditional calendar, and lets be honest, you can’t really go wrong with that! It has a space for goals and habit tracking.
If you’re into habit tracking, I highly suggest putting it on the same page as your monthly spread. In my own Bujo I put the two in separate places, and I regret it. It just makes more sense to check what you have going on that month while filling in your habit tracker.
2. The Above the Centerfold Calendar
A different take on first spread concept. The major difference here is the calendar is sideways… which honestly I’m not a super-huge fan of, but if you want your calendar to be neat and tidy on it’s own page, here’s an example.
3. The Vertical Calendar
At first glance this may seem like a traditional calendar. However, if you look a little closer, you will realize this is set up an altogether different way. An entire week flows downward, and you can see all of one day of the week if you sweep from left to right. You may wonder why this is useful…
I think it’s amazing for someone who has a lot of repeat events on the same days of the week. I’m not sure if this way Christina’s intention, but in the first box on the left you could put the repeat events so it does not fill up every box. This would be super-useful for my lifestyle!
4. The Infographic
Calling all creatives! This could be a wonderful spread concept for those who want a simple, fun monthly that doesn’t go too far into details. If you don’t want a one-stop-shop with habit trackers and goals, this might be just what you’re looking for.
5. The Minimalist
At first glance you may be wondering, where are the events??? They aren’t here. Clarissa instead logs all of her future events in her calendex and instead uses her monthly as a place for tracking goals, habits, and books.
If you’re interested in the calendex method, you can check out the original system created by Eddy Hope.
6. The Event-Oriented Planner
Belinda’s monthly spread has little frills – it’s main purpose is to record events that are important to her. This can also include TV shows or movies coming out! Remember to make you Bujo what you want it to be – not all of life is about ‘getting things done’ or going out.
7. The Task-Oriented Planner
On the flip side, the monthly can be the place where you focus on all those things you need to do: little or big. Stephanie uses the monthly log to track all of this – and that may be just what you need.
One thing I especially love about this spread is the habit tracker lines up with each day of the month, so you only have to write 1-30 one time!
8. A Little Bit of Everything
Last but not least, this monthly spread incorporates just a little bit of everything and in equal amounts. You can list events for the month, tasks to do, track your fitness progress, and set goals.
I hope this helped inspire you in your quest to find a fantastic monthly for your Bujo. In the end, get creative and experiment. The wonderful, lovely thing about bullet journaling is you can make it whatever you want. Don’t be afraid to change it up! And don’t forget to share your own beautiful spreads to inspire others.