How to use the Journal monthly pages
Here’s what’s in your monthly pages:
The month ahead
Your journal doesn’t include the dates for the monthly calendar. We’ve put them in this picture as a demonstration. Choose your favourite pen or pencil and write them in as you go.
Four separate sections have spaces for you to plan according the categories you choose. Select from the list below if you need help and write them in.
Dates, tasks, notes
Dates and spaces
Keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, important dates, and upcoming appointments on the left hand page.
On the right, the blank page has infinite possibilities. Brainstorm, or brain-dump… you could use it for anything.
Look through the ideas below and choose what suits you best.
Review the month
Four categories already chosen
Four flexible review categories
What’s important here is to take time to think back over the month. Reflecting back in constructive and positive ways is something we don’t often do in our busy world, but it’s a worthwhile exercise.
Choose your favourite review headings from the list below.
Heading ideas for monthly pages
Things to do
Things not to do
(We added this in to remind ourselves that for every ‘yes’ there is also a corresponding ‘no’. If you do something, you won’t be able to do something else.)
The Master List
Monthly household tasks
Monthly personal tasks
Monthly work tasks
Coming up/ Next Month
At Home To Do List
At School To Do List
At Work To Do List
To Follow Up
To Think About
Events This Month
Places to go
Things For Me
Pleasant event schedule
This month's ‘game changer’
I’m proud of…
I wish I hadn’t…
I would handle differently…
I’m grateful for…
Reviewing my month’s focus
How I’ve grown
Things I’ve done
How I’ve served
Good things that happened
How did I spend my time?
What memories did I make?
How to use the Journal weekly pages
Here’s what’s in them:
The month and the dates for the week get written in here. You can also add dates for each day of the week in its box.
Two flexible spaces for you to keep track of things relevant to you. Find ideas in our list below, or choose your own.
Each day of the week gets its own equal amount of space. Write your specific to-do items for each day here.
In this space we’ve included something pretty to colour. At the top of the page, there’s often a Bible verse. When it’s blank, add your own.
We’ve added another flexible space on this side of the page so you have plenty of options for keeping the lists you want.
Extra blank space to use as you like. Write stuff down, or create your own pretty doodles to colour.
Heading ideas for weekly pages
Prayer and Bible
My monthly cycle
God, me and others
People to ring
People to pray for
How to use the Journal ‘adventure pages’
Choose what you want
Write in a heading
Index your page
What you'll choose depends on what you want to use these pages for. Maybe you're looking for organisation inspiration, or maybe you're hoping to fill the pages with free-flowing writing. Scroll down for our ideas, or imagine your own.
Use your best artistic handwriting to create your page heading. Or if that seems too hard, you can scroll down to find our already-artistic list of the headings below. Save to your computer and print. Then cut out and paste on your page.
Don't forget this important detail. Indexing your page at the front of the Journal helps you find what you're looking for later. Who needs to flip through pages for hours just to find something?
Books I’ve read
Books I want to read
TV and movies I've watched
I will be kind to myself today by:
Things I’ve given away
Things I want to give away
Things to do differently
What works when I...
Pleasant event schedule
Habits and rewards
Take care of me: Ways I relax
Seasonal Bucket Lists
Life Bucket List
Craft projects - future, past, present
Measurements or Weight Tracker
My 5-year goals
What I’ve learned
What I’m thinking about
What I’m feeling
Things to remember
Family & household
Master Grocery List
Packing Master List (if you go away a lot)
Family and Friends Presents List
Things my kids say
Ways to use less plastic
Environmental steps to take
Health & fitness
Learn something new
Bird watching page
Get outside in nature
Drinking water tracker
Health pages, including
appointments, dates and times
what the health professionals said
Health plans and ideas
my feelings about my health
Faith & growth
“Flaws” I am grateful for & why
Material objects I’m grateful for
People I’m grateful for
Trials I am grateful for
Everyday “nothings” I’m grateful for
Prayers and prayer lists
People to encourage – and ways to do that
Ways to serve at church
What's holding me back
Promises of God to hold onto
Birthday time capsule
On your birthday, make yourself a 12-month summary, including these ideas:
Books you’ve read
Concerts you’ve gone to
Demographics (weight, job, relationship status, income, etc)
New friends you’ve made
Classes you’ve taken
Things you’ve learned
Dreams and aspirations
Places you’ve travelled
Letter to yourself
Free writing pages
Prompts: "If I could..."
"The first time I..."
"One day I will know...”
“The dream in my heart…”
Bonus: printable page headings
Click here to go to three pages of printable Journal headings. Save to your computer and print. Then choose your heading, cut out and stick on your chosen page.
Bonus colouring: Journal Cover
Click on the graphic and save the PDF version of the Journal back cover. Print and colour.
*You may print the file for your own personal use and to share with family. Please do not photocopy for groups, distribute the file to any other person or upload the file to the internet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there no dates printed in the Journal?
We wanted to make this a very functional and flexible tool for you. When dates are included in a planner or journal, users are locked into one specific twelve month period. With an undated journal, you can start when you like and finish when you like. Also, not including dates reduces cost and waste. One of the biggest fillers in recycling bins are out-of-date-diaries that haven't been sold. We like to avoid those recycling bins and keep things in circulation for as long as possible.
This is an unusual type of year planner. What’s the thinking behind it?
Both Cecily and Lorien love the recent rise in popularity of the ‘Bullet Journal’ developed by Ryder Carroll. In his words, it’s an ‘analogue system for the digital age, to help you track the past, organise the present, and plan for the future.’ Bullet Journals can be as plain and simple, or as arty and complex as you like. Two key features are the Indexing system, and the ability for the journal to be completely personalised according to the needs of its user.
Search for ‘bullet journal’ or ‘bujo’ on the internet and you’ll see some amazing and artistic page layouts. We know that not everyone is artistic, but lots of us would like to be, so we’ve created a sort of ‘hybrid’ bullet journal. It’s laid out for you, and its pretty with Lorien’s gorgeous art, but it’s also flexible and able to be made your very own.
Everything in a bullet journal is written by hand, including the dates (another reason for leaving this journal undated). The physical act of writing - sitting down with a pen and paper - when so much of life today takes place on a screen, is an antidote to the rush and bustle of the digital age.
How do I write in my dates?
We suggest you choose your very favourite pen, make your favourite hot drink and sit down for a quiet half hour with a calendar in front of you. Write in your dates in a calm, mindful way, praying about the days to come as you do.
Can I get downloads of the Bible verse designs to print and colour?
We've often included digital downloads of colouring designs with our physical products, but in this case, you'll need to head to our SHOP to find what you're looking for.
How do I use the Journal pages?
Scroll up and check out our tips on using the Journal pages above. There are no rules. Use them in ways that make you feel satisfied.
Where can I get another Journal?
Why are the weekly pages laid out this way?
Some people would like the first day of the week to be Sunday. (We know, because you’ve told us.) While we sympathise, and we see your point, we’ve stuck with the common convention of listing Monday first on the weekly pages, simply because it’s easier for planning to keep Saturday and Sunday together as one unit on the page.
At popular request we’ve given each day of the week its own space, rather than squish Saturday and Sunday into a combined box.
And, we’ve given you plenty of different spaces to keep the lists and notes that work for you. Once again, it’s all about flexibility and personalisation.