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After the initial journal set-up my planning routine starts with a monthly spread.
Generally speaking, I like to sit down on the weekend before the new month starts, and take some time to get organised and set up my journal for the month ahead.
The traditional way of setting up your month looks something like this…
In the example above I have run the dates down the left hand side, with a gap for the main event of the day and my habit trackers on the right hand side.
This is a really simple depiction of the month and works very nicely.
I am however a very visual person and really like to see the month laid out in front of me, so I generally use a more visual layout.
The two main types of spread I tend to use are:
- A traditional calendar layout
- Circular calendar layout
In this example I will be setting up a traditional calendar layout. Examples of the circular layout can be seen in my Bullet Journal Videos.
First I gather all of my planner tools together and sit down to set up. I like to make sure I have a couple of hours set aside to plan at the beginning of each month. For me its some time spend mindfully, off loading any tasks whizzing round my head into my journal and planning how I will make the month ahead as awesome as possible!
The following supplies make up my journal kit:
- Journal (I use an A5 Scribbles that Matter* Journal)
- Coloured pens (I have the Triplus Fineliners by Staedtler*)
- Tombow Dualtip Brush Pens*
- Oops a Daisy Stencils
For the traditional calendar layour I use my Monthly Stencil , while this is not an essential piece of kit, (you could use a ruler to draw out the squares), having the stencil really speed’s up the process and allows me time to focus on making the spread colourful and fun!
I general have a rough idea of how I want the page to look. For the example below a square for each of the days in the month and a space for social media tracking down the left hand side of the page.
The video below outlines the process..
As you can see, in the example above I also add some paw print details using my dog lover stencil and dog themed washi tape.
Once I have the basic spread I then head to my future log and migrate any events/important dates for the month.
I was happy with the finished product, colourful yet practical and uncomplicated.
For some more examples of monthly spreads head over to our video page!
Once the monthly spread is set up I then go about creating my master to-do list for the month.
I’d love to hear what your monthly journaling routine comprises… drop me a comment below!