End of the month is approaching so time to start thinking about your spread for the next month. Here are 12 layout ideas – try a different one each month for the next year!
12 Bullet Journal Monthly Calendar Spreads
1. Traditional 2 page format
… But with a more creative spin on it. Instead of just one pen color, use dot markers or highlighters to make it less boring.
2. Larger weekend or sidebar
If you allocate Saturday to running errands and need more space, then make that day’s column bigger, each day of the week doesn’t have to been the same size.
3. List format
- 1 page with all of the dates listed from top to bottom
- 1 page with the dates in 2 columns
- 2 pages with different categories e.g. work, family goals
- 2 pages with different categories and a sidebar overview of what is happening that month
If you don’t need an entire page for monthly planning, combine 2 months into one:
4. Habit tracker and notes
Related post: How to choose the right habit tracker for your planner
5. Habit tracker only
Use for cleaning schedules, reminders, work schedule etc.
7. Portrait 1 page
Use the bottom for:
- Birthdays, anniversaries and other special events
- Seasonal cleaning tasks
8. Negative Space
This works better for larger page sizes or if you don’t like writing much in the boxes for each day.
This is one of the easiest layouts to incorporate color – use a colored pen for the borders of the boxes for each day or each row.
If you want to keep track of 2 things e.g. bills that are due and appointments, draw a line to divide the box in half.
The stickers in this spread are from Kmart. Heidi Swapp has similar transparent date stickers.
9. Landscape 1 Page
10. Use the helix circle maker
This circle format can be left as if it’s for a dates at a glance calendar, with to do’s on the right page. Or draw lines coming out of each box for dates with important events.
11. Color coded weeks
Highlighters can quickly add some color without wasting space on the page
12. Use a printable
If there’s a monthly calendar you like using but don’t want to rule it up every month, resize a printable to fit whatever notebook you’re using and then just re-print, cut and stick it in with either washi tape or a glue stick.
This monthly calendar is available in my shop. Tutorial on how to resize to any page size is in this post: How to resize any printable for any size bullet journal
Learn how to quickly make printables in Microsoft Word (Word has a free online version if you’re a Mac user)
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