July bullet journal spreads: minimalist monochrome

I didn’t have a ton of time this month to dedicate to intricate designs and themes, so I wanted to keep it clean and simple. I decided to go monochrome (or I guess, grayscale), and I’m really happy with how it turned out. All of the spreads were so easy to trace out and fill in.

To see how to create easy monthly spreads step by step, watch my July Plan With Me setup to see easy, aesthetic and minimal spreads for beginners to get ideas to plan and track for the month! 

Here are inspiring bullet journal layout ideas that I’m using to set goals and to get organized in June.  To keep it consistent, I relied on the color palette to keep it on theme. I decided to be very minimalist and barely used any washi tape. My YouTube video has a list of supplies I used.

COVER PAGE

I’m really happy how the cover page turned out. I wrote out the “July” heading and drew a square shape around it. It looks like I put in effort but it didn’t take that long to set up. I kept the classic serif font for the title, and it’s used for all of the headings for my different spreads.

I brought back the calendar because the monthly log doesn’t fit more than one event, in my opinion. I like to look at the month at a glance, I’ve realized. It’s not like I anticipate suddenly filling up my calendar, but it feels easier to add things in! I also like the way this simple, rectangular calendar looks.

BLOG CONTENT PLANNING & CALENDAR

Many people create a calendar spread for their monthly spread or log. Since I’ve moved all of my work lists and deadlines into a separate journal, I decided to use the calendar page as my blog’s editorial calendar. I can use it to visualize all of my deadlines and schedule upcoming blog posts, videos, and social media content. I realized I don’t need that much space, so I decided to use the traditional monthly log to plan the month out – I really like the way it turned out!

The left page are my content pillars, where I can dump all of my potential and backlogged content ideas into the verticals they belong in, since I post about food, travel, and lifestyle. This is a great way to decide what content should go up for the month and then I can start plotting it onto the calendar. I will admit I haven’t used this spread as much as I planned, but it’s just because I haven’t had free time to dedicate to my blog lately!

HABIT TRACKERS & DASHBOARD

I resisted habit trackers for so long because I felt like they were too time consuming to set up. 2020 changed that because I found it hard to maintain my routines in light of the monotony of staying home. It helped me stay sane by seeing that I could accomplish some of the mundane things like making my bed and keep me on track. It’s also nice to look back at the end of the week to see how well I maintained a habit. However, in 2021, I didn’t really feel like that was productive anymore. I hope this will hold me more accountable and make these things a priority – such as my skincare routine, reading, walking and more.

The page on the right-side is dedicated to various to-do lists to keep track of regular, maintenance type tasks I need to do every month, one-off things I need to do this month, other blog tasks, and things to purchase. I saw a couple of bullet journal folks call this their dashboard as a catch all place to capture these types of lists, and I think it’s a great title!

JULY FAVORITES & SUMMER PLANS

In my 2020 journal, I created a “Favorites” spread to keep track of shows I watched, books I read, foods I was into and more. It’s my way of trying to journal without actually writing down paragraphs. It’s a nice snapshot for what I was into that month and help me go back to those moments. Although I didn’t properly fill out those spreads (I still plan to!), I’m hoping to be more consistent this year. I also like the boxes because it gives me designated spots to fill info in without feeling like I have to fill the whole page.

The summer spread on the right side is a space to think of fun activities I want to do during the season, from grabbing coffee or spending time in some of my favorite parts of the Bay Area – and I know which friends I want to to do those things with!

WEEKLY SPREAD

I switched up the weekly spread this month, and divided it into 6 sections for the week instead of my usual 7. I don’t really need 2 separate boxes for the weekend, so I’m going to experiment with this layout. Again, it’s very simple and easy to put together.

I hope this jumpstarted you to put together your June bullet journal spreads or inspired you to start a new (or first!) bullet journal to stay organized and keep track of things in 2021! You can also Pin this blog post for safekeeping. 🙂 Be sure to check out my other blog post for fun and easy ideas for bullet journal themes! You can also see my 2021 bullet journal setup too!

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