For the remainder of this year, I’ll be testing out some tools I want to use in 2021. This includes shifting some of my processes, and trying to streamline the way I track things. To that end, for October, November, and December I’ve devised 4-page quarterly bullet journal spreads.
The concept is fairly simple. A standard monthly spread is two facing pages. On the left-hand page the days of the month are written from top to bottom, 1 to 28, 30, or 31 depending. The first letter of the day of the week goes next to it. The rest of the line is for any events, appointments, or reminders.
The right-hand page of the two-page spread is for monthly tasks. These are things that you want or need to get done in this month, but aren’t necessarily date-dependent. Most bullet journalers either work directly from this list, or reassign tasks to weekly or daily spreads as they have openings in their schedule. Again, this is a Ryder Carrol standard spread.
All I’m doing different with a quarterly is sticking two more monthly lists in there. So the left-hand page is October, 1 to 31. The facing right-hand page is November, 1 to 30. The following page is December, and the facing page is a quarterly task list. Boom.
Why? Blogging and Project Planning
To test this out, I’m using one of these quarterly spreads for this blog. The quarterly tasks page is where I capture ideas for blog posts or series. From there I can assign posts to days, writing tentative titles on the dated list. When I’ve used an idea, I can put an X next to it.
This kind of big-picture visibility lets me group similar posts. It also lets me see if I have too many similarly-themed posts bunched together. If I want to built to something, or have some running thought that I want to work with, I can outline how I’m going to present it in bite-sized portions.
I only need to plan a week ahead, but honestly? Right now I have posts planned through the middle of November. I won’t have to sit down and try to come up with ideas at the last minute. When I have time, I can batch them and write posts in advance. This process takes away a lot of stress.
At the end of the quarter I can review unused ideas. If they’re still viable, I can migrate them to the next quarter’s spread. And so on, and so on. Ideally, it means I’ll never run out of material.
4-Page Quarterly Bullet Journal Spreads
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