Hello again, and happy March! In like a lion, out like a lamb, they say. So in that spirit, we are going to tackle the topic of the month like beasts!
Why, what is the topic of this month, you say? I’m so happy you asked! This month it’s all about the bullet journal, or “bujo,” as the cool kids call it.
By the end of March, hopefully you’ll have a clear idea of what a bullet journal is and what it can do for you. You’ll also have some ideas about which layouts you might like to begin with or incorporate into your existing bullet journal. Sound good? Great! Let’s get started with one of my favorites – future planning using the “Calendex.”
What’s a Calendex?
The Calendex was conceived of by a web designer named Eddy Hope as a way to replace monthly calendars. His original design uses a page-recording method to track tasks as they are logged into your bullet journal on subsequent weekly and daily pages. Many bullet journalers, myself included, have adapted it to better fit their own needs. (Read this post by Cara at Boho Berry for her take on it)
Why Future Planning?
Using a Calendex, you can get a birdseye overview of your schedule up to six months at a time. Whenever you receive an invitation or need to book an appointment, just flip to your Calendex and you can see at-a-glance whether you are available. Imagine never double-booking yourself again, or knowing exactly when the best time will be to take that weekend getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Future planning is a great tool to help you meet your goals.
How I Use It (Mini-tutorial)
In my bullet journal, I record actual appointments and events directly onto my Calendex instead of writing page numbers. I like knowing what I’m looking at for each date on the books, rather than just knowing when I have events.
Following is my step-by-step process for setting up a 6-month Calendex:
- Number the dates vertically. Since this is a 6-month overview, I’ll go ahead and list all possible dates, 1 – 31.
2. Draw divider lines between months. In my Moleskine cahier grid notebook, each month can be 8 squares wide
3. Repeat these steps on the facing page.
4. Across the top, label the months you’re planning.
5. Begin dividing each month into weeks. It’s up to you whether to separate your months into Sunday-Saturday weeks or Monday – Sunday weeks. My dividers are between Saturdays and Sundays, so I know the first day of each week is on a Sunday date.
6. Black out any dates that do not occur in that month. February only has 28 days, so I have shaded in the 29, 30, and 31.
7. Proceed until all your months are complete.
8. Add in important events
A lot of people prefer to color code types of events. My mind views this as visual clutter, so I’m a write-it-in-pencil kind of gal. But you can add letter stickers to jazz up the title of your page and put washi in the unneeded date spaces. Whatever makes you happy, do it. You’ll be looking at this page for up to six months, so make it something you love.
Other Ideas for the Calendex
I use a similar approach for planning my blog and social media posts. Instead of breaking the page down by months, I break one month down into categories: Blog, E-mail, Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy. I divide the weeks vertically, with each week ending on Saturday. This makes it easy for me to see exactly what I’ve planned to post and on which dates/days of the week.
This would work well for setting up a housekeeping schedule as well. Each vertical category could be a room or zone in your house. It could be used as a budget planning tool, a meal planner, and a whole host of other types of weekly, monthly, or quarterly planners. The beauty of the Calendex is its flexibility.
So what do you think? Will you try future planning in your bullet journal or planner? Let’s talk about it! Come on over to the Facebook group and share what you’re up to.
Want a Calendex that’s already done for you? Visit my Etsy shop, Kreative Paperie, for printable versions for many sizes/types of planners.
Till next time, happy crafting!