Once again this post is a day later than I anticipated it being. And once again, I’m sorry for the delay.
Last week we talked about the Future Log. How to use it, what it is, and some of its many variations. This week I want to focus on the Monthly Log. It’s not only a standard part of the Bullet Journal system itself, but also the first in what I like to call my three-tiered approach to planning. Though, if I really consider it, the Future Log makes more like a four-tiered approach as I use what is called a Weekly Log as a mid-level overview of my week.
But, I’m digressing. Let’s move on.
What Is A Monthly Log?
A Monthly Log is one of Ryder Carroll’s original Bullet Journal® modules. It is essentially a combination of monthly to-do list and monthly scheduling at its core.
How Is The Monthly Log Used?
There are a variety of ways the Monthly Log can be used by Bullet Journalists. Most common is a way to keep events happening that month on the monthly calendar. At its simplest, which you will find if you look at the website, being just the day of the month down and week down one side of the paper and things you know need to be done this month that aren’t appointments or the like on the other.
However, it is worth noting that the one-page monthly calendar is only usable in larger formats. Those in an A6, B6, pocket or B7 notebook/setup with have to break it across multiple pages that depend upon the variation someone is using.
Monthly Log Variations
Now that I’ve covered the what and the how in a fairly basic way, I would like to move on to talking about variations in the Monthly Log. Specifically, the calendar portion of things. I’ve found that there’s only so many ways one can discuss the to-do portion of the Monthly Log. A simple list, batched lists, Eisenhower Matrixes. Unless focused on entirely and in their own right, these useful variations on the to-do list portion of the Bullet Journal® tend to overwhelm people new to the system.
That in mind, I would like to focus on the two most common variations of the Monthly Log’s Calendar. What I like to call Traditional Plus and the Calendar Method.
Like the name suggests, the Traditional Plus monthly calendar is a modified version of the traditional monthly calendar. The most typical of this variation involves writing the date and day down on the left side like normal. The next two pages or more separated into columns labeled according to the needs of the Bullet Journalist.
Someone may, for example, need one column/page for personal appointments or events like Birthdays and one for College/Grade school/Teaching events and appointments. Another person may need to divide things into all day, personal, and work. A writer may wish to use one side of the calendar or a column to track research time and other writing related things. Like if they sent out a piece on a certain date or were contracted for a piece.
In a smaller notebook, like the previously mentioned A6 and smaller, these sections will be split into the first half of the month on one set of pages and the second half on another.
What I like to call the Calendar Method looks exactly like the calendars people are used to.
It’s great for people that need to see the days as blocks in order to place events and appointments. But it does have a couple of drawbacks. If someone isn’t using a Grid composition notebook, letter-sized notebook, or A4 notebook it can feel a bit confining due to lack of space depending on the person. This is especially true in notebooks that are B6 and smaller.
Monday I to finally be talking about Camilla as Queer Fiction. Wednesday was meant to be the second in my research series, but I didn’t post the first part of the series this week. Instead, Wednesday will be the first post of my research series. Friday will, as per usual, be a continuation of this series with a post about the Daily Log.