Today in the “Bullet Journal 101” series, you’re going to learn about the next page of your bullet journal – the monthly spread. As you know by now, everything we’re talking about in this series is optional. However, the monthly spread does tend to be a popular choice as it helps you see your month-at-a-glance, from events and important dates, to appointments and schedules.
Setting Up the Monthly Spread
First of all, keep in mind that it’s helpful to use two pages for your monthly spread. When you open up your bullet journal to the monthly section, it should have two full pages side by side. There are a few different ways to do this, depending on how much you use the calendar layout, versus a task or to-do list.
Here are some ideas:
Use both pages for the monthly calendar, writing appointments and events in each day of the calendar, and leaving just a small area for additional notes on the side. Have the left page of the spread be the monthly calendar, while the right side includes lists of birthdays, appointments, events, and other notes. You can also reverse these. Keep the calendar on the top of both pages, while the notes are organized and near the bottom of the pages.
You can use the monthly spread only for special dates and appointments coming up, or you can also include sections for your specific interests. For example, a section where you make goals for things like fitness, weight loss, budgeting, and work goals.
Now that you understand a little more about the Monthly Spread, you’re fully prepared to set it up. If you have your Future Log written, this should be a breeze!
Tomorrow we will talk a little more about your Monthly Task List, to really perfect this layout.