This is my solution to planning future events in a Bullet Journal. The Calendex.
Let me first explain a bit about this topic. The Bullet Journal is a ‘rapid logging system’ for your paper notebook and was created by Ryder Carroll. I saw his quick video on Youtube back in October and thought it looked great, so decided to start keeping a bullet journal.
I’m guessing that if you’re reading this you’re well aware of the Bullet Journal system (I love it!) and that one thing it can’t seem to do, something which has been plaguing us all… HOW DO I PLAN FUTURE EVENTS?????
This has annoyed me no end, I have tried to find a solution all over the web, searching blogs for answers but even Ryder himself admits he’s still working on a fix for this. The calendar page featured in the bullet journal video which you put at the beginning of each month just wasn’t doing the job for me, not only was there not enough space as you can only use one line per day but how do I put something in there for say three months time? Some people have came up with variations like adding a space at the bottom labelled ‘future events’. But this is what I’ve been working on.
I call it… CALENDEX. Here’s what it looks like in my notebook.
I have used a double page spread, made 12 columns (one for each month) and put 6 months on each page. (please note for this I use a Leuchtturm1917 A5 squared notebook). Each column is 4 squares across. Like the original calendar page I write 1 – 31 for each day of the month down the far left-hand side of both pages.
Let me show you how it works. The main strength of the bullet journal is its index. Well my calendex is just that, an index but for events only. For example, I have a meeting with my bank on Monday 6th January 2014, so I turn to the next available page in my notebook, in this case, it’s page 39 in my book and write down the date, time and what information I need to bring then on my calendar, sorry, Calendex, in the Jan column on line 6 I write the page number (green arrow). A quick look at my Calendex shows me I have something planned on the 6th January, I can flick to that page and see what it is. And that’s it.
Eventually this will fill up with page numbers and I know where I’ve got space to add to. For birthdays I just go to the next available page and put at the very top ‘Birthday: Frank 17th July’ and maybe box it, I haven’t decided yet, so then go back to the calendex, go to July, down to row 17 then put the page number. How do you know it’s a birthday just by looking your calendex? I here you ask. Simple, I just circle the page number. Alternatively you can customize it how you like, it’s your journal after all. When you put in an event on a new page, if it only takes up a few lines it’s up to you whether you keep the rest of the page clear to add other future events on the same day or carry on with your Journal underneath. Whatever works best for you.
The size of your Journal will effect this but just play around with some rough sketches, this size is perfect for me. I will be using the Calendex constantly and who knows, maybe it won’t be enough, I think it will, for me at least.
Thanks for reading and I hope it has peaked your interest! If so, I urge you to take the plunge, try the Calendex for a while to see how or if it works for you in your own personal setups and let me know how it goes. I’m always inspired by seeing the way people add their own little hacks to existing methods. I also love sharing thoughts over on social media so let’s connect! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest
Update: I was very kindly approached by Ryder Carroll who asked if I would do an overview of my Calendex system to feature on bulletjournal.com. Of course I said I’d love to! So if you have ever been tempted to use this future planning method for yourself then head over HERE to find out how I’m using it now and see if it can help you as much as it has helped me.
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