Over the last 18 months as I’ve experimented with the bullet journal, which means I’ve used a lot of different monthly layouts. I’m currently wrestling with how to set up my February monthly, which reminded me of my archive of experiments. As I revisit my old ideas, I thought I’d gather them in one place in case it was helpful for you too! You can click on each of them to go back to the original post and explanation.
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MY MONTHLY LAYOUT ARCHIVE
Breakdown: I used this to capture the PlanWithMeChallenge and the tasks I had to do that month. You’ll see a theme for me is that I like loose categorization but a flow for rapid logging. There are two columns inspired by Dee from Decade Thirty, where one is where you can put a date that the task is due and the other is where you check it off. Read more about this set up.
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Breakdown: This morphed from the last month to be more generic, plus the Intentions box to ground myself in what I hoped to embody that month. If you’re a yogi, this might be a fun section to add. Read more about this layout here.
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Breakdown: The companion spread to my other monthly page, this one features more Instagram challenges and a finance tracker. I wanted to track my expenses to see where my money was going. Above it, a simplified habit tracker – looks like I didn’t have much hope on my progress… LOL.
Breakdown: Combination of the two monthlies from before, with more handlettering touches. There are just so many ways you can change up the look of the same function. Read more about this layout here.
Breakdown: A few tweaks this month – I changed a section to “My People” to capture the tasks that I was doing for other people. On the opposite side I simplified my money-tracking categories even more. At the top I added a bar graph to slowly fill in as I used up more and more of my monthly budget. Read more about the set up here.
Breakdown: Inspired by Kara, I broke down the month into different categories and then did a project time tracker for each category to see the phases of time. So this way I could see wow, mid-March could be busy in terms of tasks. Then there is a column for daily money tracking (which … as you imagine, I needed much more room!) Read more about this layout here.
Breakdown: I added this Main Thing section as a way to make progress toward my “16 for 2016” goals – I picked a few and broke them down into manageable goals for the month to focus on. Read more about this set up here.
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Breakdown: The return of the monthly grid! I went away from this for a bit until I re-purposed it to become my Instagram challenge and blog editorial calendar. Read more here.
Breakdown: In addition to a monthly grid, I used this as a general rapid-log, two very simple categories with room to expand into what emerges throughout the month. I added the dotted line to separate a few “top tasks” for that month.
Breakdown: I just LOVE the way this turned out. I kept the easy categorization and rapid log with the top 3 priorities, but added a Projects Bee Hive. Read more here.
Breakdown: A monthly grid, stamped, with the addition of light-colored Tombow dual brush pens. Read more here.
Breakdown: A twist- I added a category for future tasks and thoughts. Read more here.
As I go through my archives, I can see the evolution of what I needed for that month and how my mind was working… and there is no “perfect” layout, only that it was perfect for that moment. And in the same way, you’ll find different things valuable to you in this moment. The experiments never end – and really they’re not experiments, they are you, listening to what you need, and designing the layout that will help you get that.
What are you doing for your monthly for February? Let me know in the comments!