Welcome to my first blog post of 2021! Today, I’m sharing 7 different bullet journal spreads that you can use to organize your business.
I’ll be sharing how I use the spreads, photos of them and how you can customize them! These spreads include an annual strategy, content calendar, blog ideas, monthly and weekly planning spreads, reoccurring business tasks and shop statistics.
Before I begin, I have a disclaimer to make: I have a digital bullet journal on GoodNotes for Thoughtfully Handmade. However, all of these can be modified for a paper journal! Most one-page digital spreads will need 2-3 pages in a paper journal.
Regardless, keep scrolling to learn more!
An annual strategy is so important. It’s where I plan out the tasks and events for the year. As you can see below, I have a mini-calendar for each month. I also have a colour code that accompanies different task types and dates.
For example, market dates are in blue, and giveaways are in pink. I outline the dates on the calendar to see which days are already occupied at a glance. I write a short title below the calendar that details what the task/occasion is.
If you aren’t a business owner, you can easily convert this into a future log for personal use. I use a similar model in my personal bullet journal! You can also use this spread to visualize due dates if you’re a student or teacher.
A content calendar is similar to an annual strategy. However, it is used to plan out your social media and marketing strategy for the year.
I give a small section for each month. Under that, I write out all the holidays that I want to promote on my social media accounts. In grey, I write what type of cards I want to focus promotion on for that month.
I also write in any giveaways, markets or special events that I want to promote. I plan out which blog posts I want to publish and the main topic in my monthly newsletter as well. A content calendar helps me stay organized and focused on planning my promotional content every month!
You can customize this spread for personal use too. If you have a long-term project that would benefit from a broad overview, you can easily list out important due dates and tasks with this spread. You can also use this spread as an annual strategy spread instead if you don’t like the calendar format.
I find brainstorm pages like my blog ideas spread super useful. I’ve separated mine into 6 categories because I write blog posts under each one. Anytime I get an idea or someone suggests a topic, I note it here.
I find this way of brainstorming more organized, and it’s easier for me to find the idea afterwards. You can personalize this spread into any topic you want. From gift ideas to social media posts, the options are endless!
At the beginning of every month, I make a monthly spread that lists my goals, what I need to finish, tasks I need to do, what I need to research, and any notes that I have.
Tasks that have a deadline go in the finish category, while tasks that don’t go in the todo one. I separate my tasks like this because it helps me focus on the most important ones. I always make sure I complete what I need to finish by the deadline. However, I’m more lenient with tasks that I need to do. While it’s best I finish those tasks within the month, there is no harm if I have to postpone them.
Although I use a different monthly spread in my personal bullet journal, you can definitely use this for non-business things!
The weekly spread is where I plan out my social media content in great detail every week. It details what photos I need to take/reuse, what will be posted to Facebook and which board I’m pinning to Pinterest.
Of course, I have a social media intern who helps me with all of this. If you’re curious about how I plan and schedule my social media content, I’m writing about that soon!
Anyways, I also use the extra space under Sunday to plan out the blog post or newsletter that I’m publishing that week. As with any weekly spread, you can use this to outline appointments, specific weekly tasks, or you can even use it to journal!
Custom Order Template
This spread is a bit more business-oriented, but it’s handy! I created this custom order template to make sure I don’t forget to ask about something when someone wants a custom order.
It has space for administration details like name, price and due date, and design details like dimensions, type of card and mock-ups. Any creative can use this template for their medium too!
This spread is also business-oriented, but you can customize it to track anything you want. I needed a way to keep track of my social media, website and mailing list growth and monthly revenue. I came up with this spread, and I’m quite proud of it!
If you don’t have a business to run, you can also use this to track your grades if you’re a student. Just switch out the months for different assignments. Another idea is to use this spread to track your monthly budget!
I hope these 7 business bullet journal spreads have inspired you to create your own! If you’re unsure what bullet journaling is or don’t know how to start, check out my previous blog post on starting a bullet journal. Do share your creations with me on social media because I’d love to see how you make these spreads your own!