1. Monthly Spreads
Monthly spreads give you a chance to do a quick glance at the whole month on a 1-2 page spread. Like most spreads, it can be as detailed or a simple as you like. Most involve ways to note the goals for the month as well as the most important dates. This could be dates for when bills are due, big events, birthdays, and appointments to remember.
A simple spread could look something like this:
Here we see a simple month header, followed by a mini numbered calendar. There is an area to write the goals for the month as well. The next page has each day (numbered) vertically. Here you can make notes on either side on which days are important and why. I like the clean simplicity of this design, as well as the fact that there is plenty of room for my own doodles and customization.
However, I tend to prefer more traditional “calendar” Monthly Spreads:
This one has a more traditional calendar view. I find it more helpful to see the days of the month in a week structure. I like to doodle symbols or little drawings on the day that is important. For example: a cake for a birthday or palm trees and waves on vacation days. There is still space to track monthly goals as well as important dates. I also like how it has a mini calendar of the next month when you are looking ahead to do any planning.
Weekly spreads take each week of the month and zoom in on it. This is by far my most consistently used spread. With these, however, the possibilities and designs are even more endless. The key is to find what works for you. Within Weekly Spreads you can track: habits, lists, goals, tasks, events, weather…. I can go on and on. Again, these can be as simple or complex as you desire
This one here is very, very simple. The upside is that it gives you tons of room to write and record specific things for each day freely.
This type of spread has everything but the kitchen sink!
Areas to specifically track tasks or events in each day of the week. A mini calendar area to view the month. Mini meal planner. Goals area, Notes area, and a mini habit tracker for the week…. OH MY!
Again, this may be intimidating to some. But bullet journals are a tool to use to stay more organized and on track in your life. So you do have to decide what is important FOR YOU to track.
I lump a lot of pages into this one category, but they all help you do one thing. Keep track of things for you. Take this simple birthday tracker: on two pages, you track all of your family and friends birthdays by month. Plus its cute!
Other Tracker Spreads could include a savings tracker, habit tracker, or mood tracker. These, usually artfully, give you a way to track these things to check progress over time and stay motivated.
4. Journal Spreads
This could be as simple as a blank page. But one thing a Bullet Journal can be is a journal. I am a firm believer that journaling helps cleanse the mind. Its amazing how much it can help to put your daily struggles, anxieties, joys and milestones down on paper.
I, of course, also like to have mine embellished with drawings and doodles to keep things interesting. If you like this idea, but don’t want to have to create drawings for yourself, mine are available in the SHOP!
5. Project Spreads
This is an incredible tool for breaking down bigger projects into more manageable tasks that can be tracked over time. This is great for those projects that may take a while to complete, so you don’t loose track of what you have accomplished or not. Its also nice to visually break things down into smaller bits to make a larger product less intimidating.