The Bullet Journal: Quarterly and Monthly Page Designs, 3rd Edition


Image Description: the background is a white flat surface with stationery items resting on top of the surface. From left to right, a silver notebook (grey-elastic-band bound around it to keep it closed and grey-ribbon poking out the bottom), four black pens with different coloured pen-caps, and a thick silver pen.

I ran out of room in my previous Berry Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal in August. I meant to set up my new Bullet Journal by the end of September/beginning of October, however, I wasn’t able to set up my new Bullet Journal until about half-way through November.

My biggest barrier to using my Bullet Journal is time and mental energy. Halfway through June, my father became ill, and I haven’t been able to focus on my creative projects as much as I would like. It takes very little effort to disrupt my routine but it takes a great deal of effort to get back into it.

As a result of this, I’ve decided to revisit ring-bound planners, although I haven’t found much satisfaction with regards to a happy combination of colour schemes and page layouts (more on this topic in another post). I appear to be in the minority of people who prefer bold/solid colours over pastel colours (apparently bold colours are considered childish *rolls eyes*).

In the end, the perfect-bound journal version of the Bullet Journal gives me more control. I can set up the book exactly the way I want it to be. I can even print out pages and stick them in if desired. I haven’t transferred all of my collections just yet but I thought I would display my Quarterly and Monthly Page Layout designs.

To be honest, the page designs haven’t changed much since the 2nd Edition post, minor tweaks here and there but that’s it.

Quarterly Section:


Image Description: image – At the top of the page, in the rainbow text, is “Quarterly Goals: October – December 2019”. The page is divided into quarters and the quarters have titles like “Tasks” in red ink, “Goals” in orange ink, “Unfinished Tasks” in yellow ink, and “Reminders” in green ink.

I am so far behind in all my creative projects, at this point, it would probably be easier to just give up, resign myself to failure, and start organising/planning for next year.


Image Description: image – From left to right,  the left page has been divided into three horizontal sections. Up the top of the first page is “Quarterly Blog/Vlog Posts” in a rainbow text. Underneath that is a heading of “October” in red text, in middle section “November” is written in orange text, then in the last section “December” in yellow. The right page has “Quarterly Booklist” in rainbow colours. Underneath that is two vertical columns that have been divided into three horizontal sections. So, the page looks like six squares with a small section for month titles.

Yeah… My reading ability has been completely borked. I’m hoping, now that I have a better work schedule, I can organise myself better, and get back into reading and blogging. I probably won’t complete my Goodread’s challenge of 140 books or my book review quota, however, I’m hoping I can catch up a little.


Image Description: image – From left to right, At the top of the page, in the rainbow text, is “Quarterly Review”. The page is divided into quarters and the quarters have titles like “Reading”, “Blog/Vlog/Podcast”, “What Worked Well”, and “What Needs Improving”. On the right, the page has been divided into three horizontal sections. Up the top of the first page is “Quarterly Future Log” in a rainbow text. Underneath that is a heading of “October” in red text, in middle section “November” is written in orange text, then in the last section “December” in yellow.

I’m quite happy with these two pages, they work well together, and I prefer a three-month future log. As a side note, while those Rainbow headers are visually appealing to me, however, they are a massive pain in the arse to write out.

Monthly Section:


Image Description: The image is of two pages in my Bullet Journal. On the left, page one has “Monthly Focus: December 2019” in yellow ink up the top of the page. Underneath that is two columns labelled “Personal” and “Work/Blog” up the top. On the side is a thin vertical column that has the date and day of the week. The columns are divided into weeks. On the right, page two has “Monthly Focus: December 2019” in yellow ink up the top of the page. Underneath that the page is divided into quarters. Each quarter has a title: “Goals”, “Birthdays & Social Events”, “Tasks”, and “Reminders”.


Image Description: The page is divided into two columns: “Personal” and “Work/Blog”. There’s a thin vertical column that details date in black ink and day of the week in yellow ink. The columns are divided into seven sections to represent days of the week.


Image Description: A drawn version of an Excel spreadsheet, with habits down a vertical column and days of the month across the top horizontal row.


Image Description: Up the top of the page, in yellow text, “Sleep Log: December 2019”. underneath are four columns: from left to right, a thin one with days of the week and dates going down in a vertical presentation. Then a vertical column that has “To Bed” at the top, then a vertical column that has “Wake Up” at the top, and then a vertical column that has “Night Meds” at the top.

The Sleep Log page is the only page that’s been altered so I can keep track of my medication that I need to take at night. It’s a good way of making sure I remember to take my meds and note down how many milligrams I was taking. It took a while for me to get to the right dosage (one of the joys of ADHD *sarcasm*).


Image Description: The background is a grey blanket with diagonal black stripes. The foreground focuses on a pale hand holding up a packet of stickers in shades of pink. The stickers are monthly tag sticks for journals. Seven stickers that resemble hearts and have numbers and days of the week on them. There are also smaller stickers for a task completed, the weather, emoticons, and basic shapes.

In my previous journal, I had small monthly calendar stickers to make the Monthly Focus/Monthly Overview pages, however, they didn’t colour-coordinate well. These ones are a nice shade and they match the colour of my journal. If you’re interested in getting these for yourself; you can find them on Wish. If pink isn’t your thing, the sticker packet also came with a few sticker sheets in other colours as well.

So that’s the design layout for the October – December Quarter. I probably won’t change the design. The pages I’ve got so far, while time-consuming to draw up, work for me. Feel free to drop a link in the comment section below if you want to show off your own Bullet Journal.

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