How to Bullet Journal, Part Four: The Monthly and Daily/Weekly Log

This post is part of a series! Don’t forget to check out Parts One, Two, and Three!

We have covered the farther future AKA the future log. But what about the much closer future and the present? Well, that is where the Monthly Log and the Daily (or Weekly) Log come in.

Let’s keep our future theme going for now and start with the Monthly Log

The Monthly Log 

A classic monthly log

The Monthly Log is quite literally, a list of things for the upcoming month. It’s a monthly calendar in your BuJo. The original system is a simple list with the dates running down the left side and your notes for the day next to them.

 

Like all aspects, the goal of the monthly log is to be both quick to write down and easy to reference back to.

Many people (myself included) tend to do a variation of the monthly log that looks like an actual calendar. Some (also including me) then decorate it, but if you are short on time or simply don’t want to, it isn’t needed.

My monthly log for January 2017

 

I personally like a regular calendar style since I use it instead of a wall calendar or something like my phone calendar. This makes it easier for me as reference when, for example, Dave asks when Martin Luther King Jr. Day is and what is the weekend before. It also helps when I have appointments like the 18th, so I know they will not be too close to the kids’ school schedule.

I don’t tend to write routine things in unless something is off the routine (like the kids having no school for MLK Day.) Since it is your Bullet Journal, you can include routine things if you prefer.

The Daily (and/or Weekly) Log 

The Daily Log

Daily log from January 1 through 3

The Original Bullet Journal goes straight from the monthly log to the daily log. What is the daily log? All the things that come up today, whether they are tasks, appointments, or notes. How do you make it? Write the date at the top, then write down all of today’s stuff right under it. Then tomorrow, you draw a line under the last item (or if the page is full, start on the next page), write the date and fill it in again.

I stick to a fairly classic daily log (I tend to decorate it, which isn’t part of the original and totally not needed.)

You will notice this is where the key comes in most handy. All of your things should be written down in a way you will remember what they are. Tasks get a box, events get circles, notes get lines.

The Weekly Log (a variation) 

Weekly Log for January 9 through 15, before I wrote anything in

Although not part of the original system, many BuJo people tend to use a weekly log, usually in place of a daily log. I actually use it in conjunction with a daily log, but understand why most people don’t do both.

A weekly log is very similar to the daily log, but you put the entire week across 2 pages and add in your various things from there. It is useful to see your week at a glance so you can tell what is coming up and how you can fit various tasks in during your week.

 

Wait, that’s It?

Well, for the basics of planning your days/weeks/months/years, yes. That’s it. You write it down in your notebook and then you use your notebook.

But!

One of the nice things about the Bullet Journal is that it is more than just a planner. It’s a planner, don’t get me wrong, but it’s more than that. It’s a place to keep all of your things. Which is why we next tackle the other things, better known as Collections.

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