Future Planning in a bullet journal : 3 different methods

March 5, 2017

The question about future planning comes up a lot : how to organise its bullet journal when we have something (a task, an event, an appointment) planned far ahead in the future?

There are several methods to do so and this article will explain 3 different ways to future plan with your bullet journal.

Future log

The “future log” is part of the Ryder Carroll original concept.

This is usually a 2-page spread, separated in six parts for 6 months. If you think you’ll need more or less months in your future log, adapt it to your needs.

A future log can be very simple : separate your page into columns, note the month at the top of each columns and you’re done!

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You may decide to add extra 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 a color code … this is your bullet journal, you can customise it to your tastes and preferences!

The Alastair Method

This method, created by Alastair Johnston, is very simple and yet so 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 we’re in February and you take an appointment with your dentist on the 6th of April : draw a bullet point in the “April” column and write the appointment details in the right space on the same line as your bullet.

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 categorise your tasks and events (a point for a task, a circle for an appointment…)
– You can also use a color code (blue for work, yellow for children…)

Calendex

Created by Eddy Hope, 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 necessary, add the first letter of the days of the week and your calendex is complete.

PHOTO OF A CALENDAR

To explain how it works, let’s take an example.

Today’s March 6th, and your friend Germaine is throwing a party on May 15th.

Go to your daily page (page 106 for example), write the date of the party, a description (time, place…) and possibly sub-tasks (bring dessert, pick Jean-Kevin up…).

Done? Ok. Now go to your calendex. Write “106” on May 15th (because you write the event on page 106).

Time goes by and May is just around the corner, so it’s time to get ready and set up your monthly log. Check the May column of your Calendex and report all your tasks and events in your monthly log, including the party! The last thing to do is to report the party in you weekly or daily log and of course enjoy the party!

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Tip : 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.

PHOTO OF A CALENDEX WITH LEGEND

Conclusion

Find a method that suits you best and do not hesitate to customise it to your liking.

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