The Bullet Journal, created by Ryder Carroll, is comprised of modules. For me, this means that my journal can serve as a build-as-you-go planner. Now, I only need to carry one notebook with me for everything — planning, note-taking, and reflecting.
The first core module I use is the monthly spread. Some people prefer “future logs”, but I find the future log and the monthly spread redundant. I’ve used them for the same purpose — to write down appointments or tasks that are far enough in the future where my weekly spread doesn’t exist yet. When the time comes, I’ll transfer what’s on the monthly spread to my weekly spread (read more about my weekly spreads here).
I begin by choosing how much room I need for each month. The first photo below is my monthly spread from last semester. It ended up being way less space than I needed. Either that, or I was much too busy. To declutter, I decided to allocate a full page to each month. Doing some quick math, I figured out that my journal would last for five months, so to be safe, I made spreads for January-June this way. I have travel and moving plans for the latter half of the year, so I made half-page spreads for those. My layouts are pretty simple here; I’ve learned excessive decoration can negate functionality, but I might doodle into them if I find myself bored in class one day!