Ever since my Bullet Journal post a couple of weeks ago, I've been thinking about what types of notebooks would work best for this system. (If you don't know what the Bullet Journal is, please read my post about it and follow the links there to learn about it, then come back).
As I noted in that post, the Bullet Journal system needs to be combined with a longer-range calendar for forward planning. I played with a version of this with a Moleskine Monthly notebook, which would work great for a little while, but with only 50 lined pages after the month calendars it wouldn't last very long.
I tried hand-drawing monthly grids into a notebook, but it took a really long time and I realized it wouldn't be something anyone would want to do every couple of months when they filled up their notebook. In the end it didn't matter for my own personal use, because I use my Plannerisms planner for all forward planning and am now using a notebook (this one) for a daily record and for all lists and notes. It's working great for me and I'll write about it in a later post.
But just today I had a realization that if someone wanted to plan ahead and do a Bullet Journal in one notebook all together, there is a very obvious solution.
Use a notebook, or planner, with monthly pages.
Here's an example: this is a 2013 Paperblanks Ultra size Poe Tamerlane weekly planner I bought a couple of months ago. It was really cheap, and I loved the cover, so I bought it to use as a notebook. But today I realized it would be perfect as a Bullet Journal (or any notebook system) plus forward planning.
The horizontal weekly format works well as a notebook because it doesn't have breaks between the days and the dates are easy to ignore. A week + notes format would work nearly as well (Paperblanks calls their week + notes format Verso) but a format with vertical daily columns probably wouldn't work as well because the columns would break up the page too much.
Anyway, this planner has monthly calendars for all of the current year:
And all of the following year:
Any brand or size of weekly planner with month calendars would work well for this.
If you want more pages in the book, use a day per page planner with monthly calendars and just ignore the date on each day's page. It can be hard to find day per page planners with month calendars included. Paperblanks day per page planners have month calendars. So does the Quo Vadis Journal 21 (which you can enter to win in this post, click through here) and the Time Traveler day per page planner has month calendars too.
Another obvious option would be to use a planning notebook with monthly calendars like these I reviewed awhile back.
I think monthly calendars in notebooks are very useful. What do you think?