A Unique Calendar for You
The calendar in your bullet journal holds all the tidbits and goodies of your days, weeks, months, and years. Just as your brain works differently than mine, your calendar will be the different, too. Today we are going to tackle how to take all the good stuff you brain dumped and the index you started to craft and figure out how to blend that into a usable calendar set up.
Year-Long, Monthly, Weekly or Daily
Or all four in some combination? I choose to use each and I use those only in the front section of my bullet journal. You have created some index ideas. Now you need to choose what calendar will work well for you and where in your bujo to begin. My monthly pages start on page 15 of my journal though I have a 6 month at a glance page before that to serve as an easy reference. (Remember I only keep my journal for 6 months since I place both life and homeschool in it.) To give me the big picture of my month and track appointments that are scheduled far in advance, a monthly calendar works well. I start my monthly calendar on a double page spread and the weekly and daily pages follow. I use another double page spread per week and include a breakout of the week’s happenings and daily to do lists, as well as reminders or insights I have.
What do you think would work for you? Many people choose to follow the vertical format of the original Bullet Journal; you number 1-30/31 down the left side of a page, use the month as the title and list those commitments you have in the month. Some people find great satisfaction in seeing a small calendar in the corner of the page, leaving plenty of room for to do lists and reflections or doodles. Maybe a large, empty, monthly calendar will do the trick since you are just filling in appointments and have routines in place for everyday chores or errands. The possibilities are endless–though don’t let that overwhelm.
Think about how you are keeping track of things now. List maker? Date marker? Do you like brevity? Memory keeper? We still have many more components of the journal to discover, keep in mind. There are choices you can make to track habits, log lists, journal ideas or schedule upcoming events. Pick a way to do it this month and check back in to see how its working.
So you decided on a small monthly calendar in the corner of a double page spread? Terrific! Now you have room for notes, lists, or day to day things to remember. Now use it. Everyday. I check my calendar when I wake up and I check it again before bed. Sometimes I have the energy to reflect at the end of the day, others I just want to read or watch something. But I make it a habit to check in or I find I begin to feel frazzled and don’t keep commitments. Your days are full; use your
brain, I mean, your calendar. You will begin to see things differently. Maybe you won’t forget that music lesson or what you are making for dinner. If you come back to your journal every day, it will become a breathing space for you–and don’t we all need a little bit more of that?
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