When it comes to bullet journaling you’ve probably come to realize that it involves a lot of different calendars. Each type has its own use, and each person has their own preference. Here are a few simple ideas for your next bullet journal calendar.
So, which one should you use? Well, in my opinion, I think you should experiment with different types of calendars and find what works best for you. Remember you can use more than one calendar each month or throughout your bullet journal.
I personally use 2-3 calendars per month in my monthly spread. The full month calendar, a weekly calendar, and sometimes a small look ahead calendar on my cover page.
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Full Month Calendar- Two Page Spread
The full month calendar is probably one of the most common when it comes to monthly spreads. With this calendar, you can quickly view all of your tasks, appointments, and more as a whole. You won’t have to flip through pages to see your upcoming events.
TIP: Don’t write all of the details regarding your event or appointment on this calendar, write those details on a weekly calendar where you have more room.
Example: on the monthly calendar write, “Dr’s Appt @ 3:00 PM. Next, write more in-depth information regarding this appointment on the weekly calendar like, “Appt with Dr. Jones @ 3:00 PM in Honolulu (King St) bring new patient paperwork and insurance card”. If you were to write all of this information on your full calendar it would begin to look cluttered and hard to read.
This is one of my most used calendars! As I said above, I use this one to list all of my details pertaining to certain appoints or tasks. If you have a busy upcoming month make the sections larger to accommodate more.
When setting up your weekly calendar you can do it a couple of different ways.
Let’s use the month of November for example. November 1st starts on a Friday, has 30 days, as four full weeks.
Starting your Weekly Calendar Examples:
- You can start your weekly calendar on Sunday (the 3rd) and have exactly four weeks to create in your calendar.
- Start the calendar on the first but make the 1st and 2nd small boxes on the top of week one. This way you still have some space to use for those 2 days.
- Start the calendar on the first and leave two days to their own page on at the begining or end of the month.
- Add 7 days per week across 2 pages. This is the typical layout I like to use for months that I know will be busy, like December.
- Add 7 days per page. This layout is best for saving pages in your bullet journal. However, the tradeoff is less room to write.
- 4 days per page (as seen in the example above.) If you use the November example for this layout you’ll end up with 7 1/2 pages dedicated to your weekly spread.
- Of course, you can add more or fewer days per page, it’s totally up to you. Choose a layout that you know you’ll benefit from for your upcoming month.
Look Ahead Calendar
I like to put this calendar in the first few pages of my new journal. I create a small calendar for each month of the year and write in upcoming holidays and important events.
Look ahead calendars are great to use at the beginning of your new journal, or the beginning of the month to show upcoming events and holidays at a glance.
TIP: Personally, I wouldn’t input each holiday of the year. If you have the day off work or do something special for that day, go ahead. If not, just omit it altogether. There’s no need to write holidays and other things that don’t need to be there.
12 Month Mini Calendars
Don’t want to add all of your events and holidays ahead of time? Consider making this calendar page. I created 12 boxes and wrote in the calendar for each given month. This way I can quickly see what day of the week a certain day falls on.
- It only takes up one page.
- Great for those who don’t like writing things more than once in their bullet journal.
- Perfect for people with small handwriting.
- I wouldn’t recommend this style of the calendar to people with larger handwriting.
- You can’t write in more information.
- If you don’t have the best vision this one will be harder to see.
- It’s tedious. This is my least favorite page to make, but it does come in handy.
This is a perfect style weekly calendar for those that have multiple things scheduled on one given day. I can easily see my whole schedule for a particular day by the hour. If you don’t have much going on.
I wouldn’t use this calendar. It’s a little more time consuming to make so if you’re not going to put much here just use the simple weekly calendar (of course you can still use this calendar if you want to).
Full Month Calendar – One Page
If you want to create a full month calendar without using two pages I would consider this one. It’s just like the two-page monthly calendar except it’s vertical rather than horizontal.
If you want a one-page monthly calendar to be horizontal it is possible, but it would be rather small.
This one is great for those less busy months and those who want to save some pages in their journals.
Supplies used for these calendars include:
- Bullet Journal: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 (Berry)
- Linework and numbering: Sakura Pigma Microns
- Lettering (Full Month Calendar – One Page): Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
- Gray Accent Color: Gray Mildliner
I kept these bullet journal calendars simple so you could see the overall layout without added clutter. Feel free to use these as a template when creating your next bullet journal calendar. You can incorporate your monthly theme into these calendars, or keep it simple. Whatever floats your boat! Remember that your bullet journal is a tool for productivity, don’t over plan the spread to the point that nothing gets done… expect your bullet journal.