“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker
One of the greatest (and most frustrating) components of any bullet journal is that the options are limitless. And while that is liberating for many, it is petrifying for others. How exactly is bullet journal future planning accomplished? If there is no calendar in my notebook, how can I possibly plan for the future?
Have no fear, I’ve found a few options for you here, to keep your future looking bright.
Bullet Journal Future Planning
I’ll be sharing with you examples of the following methods:
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The Calendex, sometimes called the Hope Method, is way to keep track of events for the year and the page numbers on which you have written details in your bullet journal. Many bullet journalers use a color code to see at a glance what type of event is occuring.
If you’re looking for some beautiful pens, check out the Staedtler Fine Liners in the bullet journal above. They are my absolute fave!
How exquisite are those Calendex vines? Amazing!
If you’d like to learn more about the Calendex method, check out my post on how to Create a Bullet Journal Calendex.
The Future Log is probably one of the greatest components in a bullet journal. All you need is the name of the month and list the important dates. Done!
@journalspiration loves those Staedtler Fine Liners, too!
If you’re like @journalspiration, above, then include all the dates in the month, circle them with a colored pen, and voila! You’ve mapped out the next three months of your life. And who gives a ship, anyway?
Aren’t those flowers gorgeous? Sometimes it helps to add a little pop of color on an otherwise black and white page.
And if you want to keep it super simple, just write the names of the month and only the important dates.
Above, @bujosandcoffee decided to map out her exercise routine for the next few months. Now that’s dedication!
Some people like a little more space to plan their future, so they use monthly spreads instead, or in addition to a Calendex or Future Log. These monthly pages can also, of course, be really simple or complex. But that’s what makes a bullet journal future planning so wonderful: it’s completely personalized to your needs.
Here’s my own simple monthly spread.
I use a color code to assign events to people or categories (personal, hubby, girls, etc.)
As you can see above, @saradr90 tracks all sorts of information in her monthly spread.
And it looks like @banjobaby83 goes old school with her monthly spread. This is a great option if you’re transitioning from a more traditional planner such as Erin Condren or contemporary Passion Planner.
@rainbow.bujo (above) went with a kind of monthly plan, but she wrote her dates in vertically instead of horizontally.
If your work schedule is irregular, maybe try that spread from @pens.and.planners to keep track of your hours.
And finally, if you need to relax a bit,try a zentangle like the one below. It’s mesmerizing!
Which method do you do for your bullet journal future planning? Alastair Method? Future Log? Calendex? Another method? I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to link to a blog post about future planning in the comments below.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to follow my bullet journal board on Pinterest.