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A future journal is an essential part of a bullet journal. Designed to serve as a quick reference, this is where all the important dates are kept for the months to come.
Sometimes we lose track of important events because they are buried under other information in the daily, weekly or monthly pages of our bullet journals.
With a future diary, you can keep track of tasks, appointments, celebrations, due dates, and holidays throughout the year.
As with the other parts of the bullet journal, creating a future journal spread is fun to do. If you need inspiration for your next layout, you’ll appreciate today’s article which features 23 amazing bullet journal future journal ideas.
Here are some suggested important dates and events you can write about in a future journal:
Read on for the best future newspaper spreads for your bullet journal.
Ryder Carroll is a product designer who developed the bullet journal as we know it today. Here is an example of a very simple future diary he developed.
It spans two pages, with places to note important occasions over a 6-month period.
Carroll created the bullet journal to streamline his appointment scheduling system and have a repository for his creative brainstorming throughout the day. Simply put, it was his way of decluttering his mind and making sure he got things done every day.
Does black ink on white paper seem too harsh on the eyes? This future diary was created in gray ink. The effect is an understated elegance.
If you haven’t tried the Dutch Door method yet, here’s your chance to apply it in your next journal.
The Dutch Door method has become a trend among bullet journal enthusiasts. This is a spread where the creators have cut out some pages, giving the illusion of a door inside the spread.
In this example, the designer has cut off part of the top of the page to create a header. Then the cutout pages were used as mini column calendars to keep track of important occasions.
4. Six-column method
Here is another example of a future column design journal. It features mini-calendars as page headers.
Spaces are provided to record schedules and important events for a period of 6 months. Weekends are highlighted for easier reference.
5. Junk Diary Idea
If you prefer a rustic look to your bullet journal, the example above might be inspirational.
This future journal uses scraps of Kraft paper for rustic-inspired headers. Brown Mildliner pens create the perfect accent in keeping with the theme.
6. The Alastair method
Some people aren’t keen on writing or drawing an entire year of mini-calendars to keep track of important dates.
If you find yourself in this camp, you might want to try Alastair Johnston’s system for future journaling.
In this system, you just need to create columns for each month you want to track. Then, as with quick logging, you write down the events with their dates and dot the months in which they are supposed to occur.
It’s very simple and works very well.
7. Black and Pink Combo
This black and pink theme is synonymous with simplicity. The layout brings out the details of the future log, but it remains uncluttered.
In this example, space is reserved near the bottom of the page for logs relating to the following year.
8. Typed Borders
The beauty of a bullet journal is that it inspires creativity. The board above is a wonderful example of how different creative elements can come together and give a certain feel to a future log board.
To achieve this spread, the designer used hand-typed pages for borders, along with vintage stickers and brown paper to create a rustic/vintage aesthetic.
9. Future diary of the whole year
Are you looking for minimal spreads? This one has a very simple layout.
Cursive writing elevates this future journal spread and serves as a charming example of how calligraphy can be the main element of bullet journal design.
10. A Literal Diary
In addition to the pun-tastic header, this broadcast provides a color-coded key indicating planned activities for the coming months. This way you can prepare physically and mentally for these events and coordinate your family schedule in advance if necessary.
11. Inspired Landscape
If you love to draw, you might want to try this sample layout in your next future journal. This spread is inspired by the landscapes found where the creator of this bullet journal lives.
The effect is awesome!
12. Just the initials of the months
This future black and white log exudes an air of efficiency and elegance. If you have the time and talent for drawing, you might want to try this type of spread for your next journal.
13. Stamped lettering
Your bullet journal supplies should include a set of stamps to create unique designs for your prints.
In this example, the designer used stamps featuring the abbreviated names of the months, along with mini-calendar stickers to create a whimsical future diary.
By the way, stickers are a wonderful addition to any planner. They can grab attention, serve as reminders, and create a pleasing aesthetic. [Check out this post featuring the best planner stickers to help organize your schedule.]
14. Printable Future Journal
If you don’t have enough time to draw or write a complete future diary, a printable version is a great alternative. This bullet journal spread uses a free printable version featuring a future column journal with mini-calendars.
15. As minimal as possible
How about going back to basics with this example? This stripped-down future diary has enough space to jot down important events for the next four months, with no other embellishments competing for your attention.
16. Holidays and birthdays journal
As mentioned earlier, you can use your Future Diary to track birthdays, especially those of important people in your life.
In this example, an entire future journal is dedicated to tracking birthdays and holidays for the entire year. This way, you can find the perfect gift well in advance.
17. Rustic Dutch Door
Here is another example of the Dutch Door method used in a future journal. To add more embellishments, washi tapes and sticker cutouts are used.
18. White on Black
Looking for ideas for creating a future diary using black diary pages? Here is an example that we find fascinating.
This uses a black-page, dot-grid bullet journal and the text is written with white, blue and gray gel pens. It works quite well!
19. One Page Mini Future Diary
Here is another example of a future log that is quite simple but works quite well.
With this one-page spread, you get a quick snapshot of the months ahead to keep you well prepared for important events.
20. Numbered Days (in a good way)
If writing mini calendars isn’t your thing, you might want to try this future diary layout instead. You will get a quick overview of all your important events at a glance.
Each section represents a month and has a column of numbers representing dates for easy review of events you need to keep in mind.
21. Future planning
Looking for something colorful and in tune with the seasons for your next future log layout? Here’s a catchy example you might want to try.
This future colored log uses Prismacolor crayons to bring the spread to life.
22. Lift the Future Log Flap
The Future Flap Journal is a clever way to create a bullet journal. Mini calendars are written on tiny flaps that can be lifted to reveal important dates for the month.
They are quite easy to create, but the effect can be amazing.
23. A Student’s Future Diary
This future log features charming doodles and a pastel color palette. The doodles are inspired by student life.
Using a dot-grid notebook helps keep lines clean, and Mildliner pens add a pop of color to the spread.
Your future bullet journal can help you never miss an important event.
Creating this schedule tracker can be fun and exciting. We hope you’ve found inspiration among the examples we’ve featured today to start creating your own future journal.
If you’re looking for more bullet journaling resources, here are several articles worth checking out: