TL;DR

Frankenlog is a single Bullet Journal spread that serves as a monthly log, a weekly log, and a task list with up to 5 daily habit trackers and 5 weekly habit trackers. It was my solution to needing more space in a monthly log, and I’m sharing it here in case you might like it.

Why The Name?

I named it Frankenlog on a whim, because it is made up of a bunch of parts of other logs and collections – just like Frankenstein’s Monster! Gross, right? But totally fitting.

The Full Skinny

I was introduced to Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal system in September of 2018 and I was immediately on-board. I loved the mindfulness aspects of the system and the way that it slowed my mind down, making me pay attention to what I was trying to remember. The act of writing things down has done wonders for my short-term memory, and I love interacting within the big, beautiful BuJo community.

Having never seen the “Bullet Journals” on Pinterest and Instagram, I set out to set up my first journal using the tutorial on the official Bullet Journal YouTube channel. I was immediately concerned about the size and efficacy of the monthly log. One line per day simply did not seem like enough space, and one page for all my monthly undated tasks looked restrictive. Sure enough, two days into my first foray I found myself out of space. ARG! My favorite part of bullet journaling is the Daily Log and the limitless space that comes from being able to grab the next blank page! How could I capture the same level of freedom while still utilizing a pre-made spread design?

The Birth of Frankenlog

After spending several feverish, obsessive days scribbling grids and boxes and shapes and whatnot in the back of my new journal like a madman, I finally settled on a system that would meet my needs. A system that allows you to use as many of its lines as you like for any given day. A system that allows you to schedule a repeating event without having to write it out more than once. A system that allows you to schedule tasks that have to be done during a given week but not on any given day. A system that allowed for basic daily and weekly habit tracking that you could see at a glance. A system that provided the benefits of weekly logs without the need to create them. Frankenlog was born.

Poke Around

Take a look at “How It Works” if you’d like to learn how to make and use your own version of Frankenlog. Then come back and tell me about your tweaks so I can write about it in the “FrankenBlog.” Heh. See what I did there? I will also use FrankenBlog to write about the challenges and changes that come along as I continue evolving this into something better.

Thanks for visiting! I hope Frankenlog can do for you what it’s done for me!

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