Bullet journals: Drafting a future log

A fairly simple bullet journal future log

Most often, using a bullet journal is, at least in part, about keeping yourself organized. And if you’re going to do that, you need to have some idea of what’s coming in life.

That’s where a good future log comes in handy. It allows you to keep track of just about anything: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, vacations, appointments. Plus, depending on your job, you might choose to add in something like deadlines, blog posts, or well, pretty much anything.

Where you can really have some fun, though, is with the layout. That, my friends, is what I want to talk to you about today.

A fairly simple bullet journal future log

Let’s start with my preferred layout. It’s pretty basic, to be honest. The simple calendar-style months allow me to circle particular types of dates (my EDOs, stat holidays, and vacation days). The space underneath each month, meanwhile, leaves plenty of space to list which big events may be happening on other days.

Plus, of course, everything is colour-coded. This links back to my key, and is consistent with what you can find in my monthly spreads.

While I prefer this simple style of future log, other bullet journal users have adopted styles that look a little fancier. Some of them are pretty cool, actually, and have made me consider changing up my own layout. You can check them out by doing a quick Google or Pinterest search, but I’ve gathered up a few of my favourites for you.

Future Log Example 1
Image source: Pinterest

I found this example on Pinterest (I would link you through to the original source, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to want to work for me). As you can see, it’s pretty similar to my own layout, with some extra room for doodling or artwork. That, I think, would be a good opportunity to theme your doodles around something seasonal, like holidays or the weather.

Future Log Example 2
Image source: Space and Quiet

This next one is actually a printable template from Space and Quiet. I like it because it lays everything out so nicely–there’s literally a place for everything. It’s great if you want to be extra-organized.

Future Log Example 3
Image source: @passion.themed.life (Instagram)

And finally, I want to share this circular layout created by @passion.themed.life. It’s a really interesting way of laying things out. Though this particular page is dedicated to birthdays and holidays, I’m sure you could switch yours up to just about anything you wanted.

A pin for a future log in a bullet journal

 

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