Bullet Journaling Inspiration Vol 1 // The Future Log
I think you all know by now how much I love bullet journaling. If you're unfamiliar with it though, a bullet journal is basically an organized collection of lists, and as a (chronic) list-maker, bullet journaling is the perfect planning system for me!
I walked you through some basics in a recent series, which you can catch up on here:
Bullet Journaling Basics // Future Log: Being Prepared with Your Bullet Journal
Bullet Journaling Basics // Monthly Log: Getting More Specific
Bullet Journaling Basics // Weekly Log: Details, Details, Details
One of the things I love most about bullet journaling is the flexibility it offers, right down to its very function (planner? journal? goal tracker? note keeper? ALLOFTHEABOVEANDMORE). For that reason, I'll say once again that there is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal.
Now. All of that said, I intend use this space to share inspiration with you – I want to show you how I use my bullet journal rather than tell you how to use yours. I will absolutely, very gladly (and with a smile) answer any questions you have and will share a general tip here and there, but I can't claim to be "doing it right," so I don't feel comfortable with anything beyond inspiration. Okay? (This is where we wink at each other in agreement and clink glasses.)
I want to start at the beginning again, with the Future Log. You can read more about what the Future Log is in my Bullet Journaling Basics post, but here I simply want to share my current Future Log setup, to give you some inspiration and ideas on how you can set up your own!
My typical Future Log is planned for six months out, but this time I planned only four months ahead. I put this log together in January, and now we're in February already as I write – since time doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, I think next time I'll plan six months out again, to give myself more of a big picture.
It's also important for me to remember to keep the Future Log really simple. It's not a task list, but rather a calendar in list form, so it provides a snapshot of upcoming events, appointments, and things that have been pre-scheduled, such as school breaks, appointments, holidays, and birthdays. I do add a couple of tasks to my Future Log when I know without a doubt I'll need to have them completed in a particular month's period.
The Future Log template shown below is the setup I'll use again for my next log – six months out with space enough for each month's happenings, including a few tasks. I prefer to work out of my traveler's notebook (pictures above) instead of my A5 planner (picture below), so it'll just be a matter of fitting six months on two notebook pages, which I've done before so I know I can do again! I may fall back on this template though, too... it's easy enough to print, cut out, and then clip into my traveler's notebook on whichever page I choose.
The template below is also available to you as a free download!
All in all, I think I've found the general setup and layout I intend to stick to, it's just deciding each time whether I want to look four or six (or even twelve!) months ahead. My blog's editorial calendar is a sort of Future Log, and it's a snapshot of all twelve months. It's great for blogging, but maybe not so great for a general Future Log. I might give it a try sometime, though!
Now tell me something: if you're a bullet journaler, what sort of setup or layout do you use for your Future Log?
And if you're not a bullet journaler, do you think this sort of system might be helpful to you?