The Monthly Log, as Ryder presents it, is where you can map out specific events as well as write down the things you’d like to do over the course of the month. Additionally, the Monthly Log also serves as a way to log notable snippets that happened. This way you can get a bird’s eye view of what happened during the month.

Over time, Bullet Journalists have modified the Monthly Log to make it work for them. This has led to a medley of variations.

Here is a curated selection of various kinds of Monthly Logs to inspire you!

Ryder’s Monthly Log

Here you can see how there’s a month list on the left-hand page and tasks to do on the right-hand page.

If you look closely, you can also see a minimal tracker to the right of the left-hand page where Ryder tracks two habits at a time. In this case, his meditation and exercise. There’s one slash per each meditation (he meditates twice a day) and an X for exercise.

Ryder Carroll's Monthly Log in his Bullet Journal

Ryder Carroll

With categories

Kim's Bullet Journal Monthly Log

@tinyrayofsunshine

christina77star Monthly Log

Christina77star

With columns

There are many different ways you could add columns to the Monthly Log. Here are a few examples.

Here Dee left room for three columns: morning, afternoon, and evening.


Decade Thirty Monthly Log

Decade Thirty

With Columns & Tasks

Here Elena has columns for the different parts of her life along with her tasks for the month.

WeekendWife Monthly Log Bullet Journal

@weekendwife

planningroutine Monthly Log

@planningroutine

With Tracker

Isabelleplans Monthly Log with Tracker

@isabelleplans

With Columns & Tracker

symondrake Bullet Journal Monthly Log

@symondrake

Traditional Calendar view

Mabujork Monthly Log

@mabujork

With Tracker

The Cursive Bird Bullet Journal Monthly Log

@cursivebird

With categories

bahcampos Monthly Log

@bahcampos

Month on one page

With a decorative intro page

Feebujo's Monthly Log

@feebujo

With log & minimal tracker

I would write events on the mini calendar with a color code and write a short line about the day’s notable moments on the log side. I also had a small tracker with a few columns.

Tiny Ray of Sunshine Monthly Log

@tinyrayofsunshine

With month list underneath

oikawastudies Monthly Log

@oikawastudies

Calendar on one page with tracker

Journaleying Monthly Log

@journaleying

With categories

nittany_bujo Monthly Log

@nittany_bujo

Creative

Calendar Wheel

Here Dee was inspired by a similar concept. She describes it as a visual, mind-map type of monthly log.

Decade Thirty's Calendar Wheel

@decadethirty

With Intentions and Projects

Here Ursala keeps makes lists for different parts of her life and rates how she feels about them. On the projects side, she has planned timelines for tasks under each project.

honeyrozes Monthly Log

@honeyrozes

Hope you enjoyed browsing through these Monthly Logs!

About Kim Alvarez

Kim Alvarez is the creative behind Tinyrayofsunshine.com, where she writes about the Bullet Journal, productivity, planning, and other creative pursuits. She runs a sunshiney Etsy shop with stationery goods that will bring a smile to your face at tinyrayofsunshine.etsy.com
  • Lydia Brown Mills

    I love the different ideas presented here and possibly may try a few!

  • Lisa Aviles

    Perfect timing. I was looking for a way to better utilize my monthly page. I kept forgetting about it after I set it up. Thank you!

  • Leslie Irvine

    Very inspiring! I will borrow some of these ideas right away as I migrate to June. Thank you!

  • This is a great post, very inspirational. It helps for me to have a few suggestions and examples in this manner, I find that when I look these things up on Instagram or something I can kind of get overwhelmed by all the results I get back. I like these kinds of limited, but complete, lists of examples for that reason, less cluttery (I don’t think that’s a word) and overwhelming.

    Currently my monthly log is pretty identical to yours, Ryder, but I think next month I’ll implement some ideas from this post; particularly the categories as in the example by Christina77star and the columns as in Decade Thirty’s example.

  • Amanda Lewis

    I am only a couple of weeks into my first bullet journal and having a lot of fun! What’s the difference between the to-do list in the monthly spread and the to-do list with items added to each day? Here’s an example – I want to buy hiking boots at some point, not for any specific date/event. If the task goes on the monthly list I may forget it. If it goes on a daily entry, I will keep migrating it and it will drive me crazy. Do you have any recommendations for me?

    • Maroxa Mawson

      I have a suggestion, don’t know if it will help… I would put buy hiking boots on every Monday (for example) for a month. Then once you buy them, cross them off.

      • Amanda Lewis

        Good idea!

  • Irene Sanz Vizcaíno

    Beautiful! Thank you for all the great ideas 🙂