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40! Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads

The Bullet Journal Monthly Spread Is The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

On my Instagram sister site, @showmeyourplanner, the question I get asked the most is

“How do I get started?”

As with trying anything new, beginning a new bullet journal can be intimidating. There are a ton of conflicting resources out there telling you what bullet journal elements you should use or shouldn’t use. And the truth is, you do what’s right for you.

YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEGINNING A BULLET JOURNAL AT ANY TIME SERIES

For this series, I’ve chosen the key elements for bullet journaling and will explain them in detail, and of course, provide you with lots of gorgeous inspiration from my favorite bullet journal accounts. I’ve organized the posts in this series in the order in which I use them, but feel free to click through the posts in any order that you like.

  1. Bullet Journal Index 
  2. Bullet Journal Key
  3. Bullet Journal Future Log 
  4. Bullet Journal Monthly Planning (you’re here!)
  5. Bullet Journal Weekly Logs or Weekly Spreads
  6. Bullet Journal Dailies

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 should I map out my monthly events? Maybe you’re used to a more traditional planner or calendar and the idea of recreating monthly spreads is daunting.

Have no fear, I’ve found a few options for you here, to keep your future looking bright.

To me, the Bullet Journal Monthly Spread is right up there with the weekly spread. You can keep your Calendexes (Calendi?) and your bullet journal dailies, but I absolutely need my monthly spreads. In a bullet journal, there’s a million ways to keep track of what’s happening in the months to come, from the traditional calendar to the monthly log to the Calendar Wheel.

And the greatest thing about the monthly log in a bullet journal? Is that you can change it each month, of course!

Traditional Monthly Calendars

First, we have traditional monthly calendars. Because traditional monthly calendars are just that: traditional, most bullet journalers spice them up with doodles or fun lettering.

@procrastinate_create

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze you | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@bulletbyx

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@bujournalism

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze you | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@twinklytanya

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@artivation.online

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze you | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@thedallasjournals

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@bujotastic

the_books_of_bug (link no longer works; please let me know if you find a live link)

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted

@demyrockz

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@isabelhoops

@planningmindfully

@bluenittany

Sideways Monthly Calendar

Because bullet journalers like to keep it fresh, some opt for a sideways monthly calendar. The sideways calendar would be hard for me to get used to, I think, but some people love it!

@bujospace

@the.bullet.journey

Monthly Calendar with Habit Tracker

Next, you can add a habit tracker to your calendar. Habit trackers are an way to remind you what to focus on each week, or in this case, month. Some of us I won’t name names) love to put habit trackers in their bullet journal, then after a week, forget to track their habits.

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@silver_burch_song (this seems to be another inactive account)

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@kendra.bullets

Monthly Log

Then we have the monthly log. The monthly log comes straight from the original bullet journal method. If you don’t need to see your events in the typical calendar fashion and love all things linear, the Monthly Log is for you!

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@haleyjournals

@fluhents (now a private account)

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@fontsandfigures

@ingasbujo

@journalwithpurpose

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@librariana

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@ristenroo

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@lovetinarose

@misfit.plans

@nat_journals

@nephena.studies

Monthly Log with Habit Tracker

Maybe my favorite combo is the monthly log with habit tracker. These lovely journals use a monthly log and add a habit tracker to stay super organized!

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@bujowithbecky

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@viacalligraphy

@color_me_bujo

Monthly Calendar AND Monthly Log

Have lots and lots of appointments? Try using both the traditional calendar AND a monthly log.

@simplifybujo

Monthly Welcome Page

I just love the pages that people use to welcome the month (or even say goodbye). Adds a little fun to the journal.

@j.creas

@kikis_bujo

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@azuma_chan

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@bujowithanne

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@spotgirldesign

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@my.life.in.a.bullet

Monthly Log plus Welcome

Once you welcome the month, might as well get right down to business.

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@bonjournal_

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@sweet_italics

Calendar Wheel

Finally, the calendar wheel. The Calendar Wheel is such a cool and relatively new bullet journal concept. Track your dates in the month using a circle, rather than a list or calendar.

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

@leavealittlesparkle.e

40 Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads to Inspire and Amaze You | Zen of Planning | Find Planner Peace and Inspiration

@painted_illustrated

As you can see, monthlies can really help you add some structure to your bullet journal if you still like the feel of a more traditional planner or calendar.

YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEGINNING A BULLET JOURNAL AT ANY TIME SERIES

When you’re ready to move on, you have two choices: Bullet Journal Weekly Logs or Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads. There are two because weeklies are my go-to spreads and I love them soooooooooo much. There’s so much inspiration out there, I had to post about weeklies twice.

  1. Bullet Journal Index 
  2. Bullet Journal Key
  3. Bullet Journal Future Log 
  4. Bullet Journal Monthly Planning (you’re here!)
  5. Bullet Journal Weekly Logs or Weekly Spreads
  6. Bullet Journal Dailies

Learn All About the Monthly in Part 4 of My Series: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bullet Journal At Any Time | Zen of Planning

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Comments

  1. Wow! All of these spreads are amazing and give me such inspiration for November. Thank you for the shout-out and for posting such wonderful finds!

  2. This was really cool. It has inspired me so much. I’m just now getting into bullet journaling, and this has helped me come up with so many ideas.
    Thanks!

  3. Hi there!
    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 I’m just starting a bullet journal so this helped me came up with a lot of ideas! Thanks!

    • Cadence, I’m so glad I could offer some help. Let me know if you need anything else to help on your bullet journal journey!
      -Kat

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