Bullet Journal Calendar – Everything You Need To Know

Do you have a page dedicated to just bullet journal calendars in your bullet journal? Having a calendar for every month is great! You can have a look at all your upcoming plans, events, special days, holidays, etc., in just a glance.  You can create calendars for all months together in the front of your bullet journal, or you can also add them when you start a new month. After all, it is your choice. You get to decide what’s best for you and where everything goes in your journal.  I used to have only weekly and daily planners in the past; I didn’t include bullet journal monthly spreads. But now, after having a bullet journal monthly calendar, I am able to open up to one page and have a glance at all of my important events, goals, appointments, birthdays, special days for that entire month.   Rather than a future log, I use calendars for recording my upcoming appointments and events. How do you use the bullet journal calendars? Let me know in the comments section below! But, if you are new to bullet journaling and don’t have a clear idea of what bullet journal calendars are, don’t worry; you are at the right place. In this article, let us discuss everything you need to know about bullet journal calendars!  

The Bullet Journal Calendar

The bullet journal calendars include:
  • A daily calendar (daily log).
  • A monthly calendar (a monthly record).
  • A yearly calendar (future log).
These three types of calendars are together called as – “Core Collections.” In addition, the creator of the Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll, also encourages us to make custom collections that can cater to our specific needs. Most of the people in the bullet journal community like to include a weekly calendar in their BuJos. I love adding a weekly spread that can organize my week. I recommend you try them once and if they work, continue creating for the next months as well. If they don’t work for you, don’t include a new spread next week.

The Yearly Calendar (Future Log)

The yearly calendar is nothing but the year at a glance spread that has spaces to record events and tasks. It usually appears at the starting of the bullet journal. You can also store the tasks and events that are not relevant in that particular month but can become relevant in the future. At the end of each month, you can scan the future log and migrate the events to the next month. Doing so will help you focus on what is relevant and remember things that will become relevant at a later stage. 

The Monthly Calendar (Monthly Log)

The bullet journal monthly calendar (the monthly spread) will provide you an overview of all the things you have to do in that month. You can include the time you have to do each item as well.  The official BuJo monthly layout will have a monthly calendar on one page and a task list on the other page. But you can set up the monthly spread the way that works for you.

The Daily calendar (Daily Log)

The bullet journal daily log or the daily calendar is a blank page where you log your events, tasks, and notes rapidly as they occur throughout the day. Before going to bed, you can spend a few minutes reflecting and migrate the relevant content. 

The Weekly Calendar (Weekly Log)

A weekly calendar is helpful when you don’t have a lot going on, and you think that a daily calendar is unnecessary. It is also beneficial when a lot is going on, and your monthly calendar can suffice. 

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How To Draw A Bullet Journal Monthly Spread Calendar?

Before starting to draw any type of bullet journal calendar, you need to answer the following questions.
  • What must be the grid size? (you can estimate it by simply counting the squares down and across one page of your bullet journal. The A&O A5 dotted bullet journal contains 38 squares down and 26 squares across.
  • How many full-week rows do you need? Ensure the calendar you took as a reference starts on the same and then sounds the number of rows in the calendar. The number is most probably either 5 or 6.
  • Do you want a vertical or a horizontal calendar? The horizontal calendar is where the days are recorded across the top of the page, and the vertical calendar is where we turn the journal sideways and draw the calendar.
  • Which day does the month start and end?
  • How many days are there in a month?
When you answer the above questions, you will be having a clear idea of how to draw a calendar. So try to note down the answers on paper and according to them, plan your calendar. Trust me, it will never go wrong!

Bullet Journal Monthly Calendar Layout Ideas

Below I have collected some fun and attractive Bullet Journal Monthly calendar Layouts from the fellow bullet journalers on Pinterest and Instagram to get your juices flowing. Do have a look and let me know what you liked the most. Every spread is bright and cheerful and is suitable for any month of the year. They are perfect for looking at significant dates, events, and tasks you have planned ahead of the month.         Written By: Sowmya Cherukuri

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