Future planning in a Bullet Journal

This question came up several times on Instagram: how to organize your bullet journal when you have something (a task, an event, an appointment) planned far ahead in the future?

There are several methods and this article is here to explain them to you.

THE FUTURE LOG

The « future log » is part of the basic principles of the Bullet Journal, created by Ryder Carroll.

This is usually a 2-page spread, which can be used for the future log of several months. It is common that the future log is organised for 6 months but feel free to have more (or less) months.

A future log can be very simple: you separate your page into several parts, you note the months at the top each part … and that’s all.

Future Log

Future Log – BulletJournal.com

You may decide to add additional details to your future log such as a small calendar of the month, small decorative elements or even categorise your tasks and other events using colour codes … this is your bullet journal, you can customise it to your tastes and preferences!

THE ALASTAIR METHOD

This method, created by Alastair Johnston, is simple and effective.

Divide your page into two parts:
– On the left, draw several columns representing the months you want to plan for.
– On the right, create a space where you will write your tasks and events.

Ady, I don’t understand … can you give me an example?

Let’s say it is currently February and you discover that you have an appointment with your dentist on the 6th of April:
Make a point in the « April » column and at the space on the right, on the same line, enter the precise date and a brief description of your event.

Alastair Method

Alastair Method

A big advantage of this method is its flexibility:
– You can choose the number of months you want to plan for.
– You can use different symbols to categorize your tasks and events (a point for a task, a circle for an appointment…)
– You can also use a colour code (blue for work, yellow for children…)

THE CALENDEX

Created by Eddy Hope and popularized by Boho Berry, the calendex is a hybrid between a calendar and an index.

On a double page, draw an annual calendar (12 columns of 31 lines). Number your lines from 1 to 31, if possible, add the initial of the days of the week and your calendex is complete.

Calendex

Calendex

Ok, let’s take an example.

We are March 6th and you scheduled a party at Germaine’s on the 15th of May.
Go to the page you’re using currently (page 106 for example), write the date of your party, a description (time, place…) and possibly sub-tasks (bring dessert, pick up Jean-Kevin…).
It is done? Now go to your calendex. On the spot representing 15th of May, write down « 106” (the page where you noted down the plans for the party). Do you follow?
As time passes, you continue with life. When the time to start planning for the month of May comes, refer to your calendex. You will find all the events planned for the month, including your party at Germaine’s.
Now, you just have to record this event in your monthly log … and of course, enjoy your party 😉

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You can use a colour code (blue: work, yellow: children, green: personal…) to find and view your tasks and events in your calendex easily. In this case, leave a small space at the bottom of the page of calendex for the legend.

Calendex

Calendex with a color code – Ady Bullet Journal

CONCLUSION

Now it’s your turn to try. Find a method that suits you best and do not hesitate to customise it to your liking.

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