Monthly Goal Layout for Your DIY Planner

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This post is a walk-through how I set up my monthly goal layout in my DIY Planner. Every year, since 2015, I’ve been making my own planners by hand. The biggest reason is because I could never find a planner that embodied everything I needed and wanted for the year.

In the beginning, my custom planners were inspired by and adapted from the Bullet Journal Method. If you love planners and pens and you haven’t gone down the Bullet Journal rabbit hole yet I highly recommend it! There are so many amazing people out there creating these amazing bullet journals every year. 

Over the years, my planner has evolved into a flexible structure that I found incredibly supportive. I won’t lie, it’s super practical and NOT artist, but it’s helped me get shit done. 

Monthly Goal Layout for Your DIY Planner

This is the 6th post in a series of videos in which I walk through how I create “the bones” or layout for each section of my custom, hand-drawn planner. In the last video of this series, I will do a complete walk-through of the entire planner and talk a little more about how I use and adapt each section. If you create your own planners too, please feel free to cherry-pick, adapt or improve upon my basic structure.

Note: I do use a XL Moleskine Classic Squared / Grid notebook soft-cover (paid link) (7.5” x 9.5”) for my planners. It is important to mention this because I have a system of counting dots or squares to make sure things turn out how I want them. If you were to follow along with a different kind of notebook your results may not be exactly the same or you may need to adjust.

In the video above, I show how I create a Monthly Goals Layout for my planner

How I use the monthly goal layout section of my planner:

  • First, I look at my goals for the quarter and determine which of those higher level goals should be done in the next 30 days.
  • Next, I will take those goals and break them into a few tasks that could realistically be accomplished in the next month.
  • I also use these pages to document podcasts or audiobooks that I am listening to or books I am reading that month. 
  • Other ideas include:
    • Habit tracking
    • Bill tracking
    • Oracle, angel or tarot card reading for the month
    • Word of the month
    • Intention for the month
    • Affirmation(s)
    • Water tracking
    • Fitness tracking / planning
    • Daily gratitude
    • Daily memory journaling
    • Quote(s)

Other videos in this series

  • 1st Video – Reflection & Inspiration Layout – Link
  • 2nd Video – Vision & Goal Layout – Link
  • 3rd Video – Year at Glance View – Link
  • 4th Video – Future Log Layout – Link
  • 5th Video – Quarterly Planning Layout – Link
  • 6th Video – Monthly Goal Setting Layout – This post
  • 7th Video – Monthly Calendar View – Link
  • 8th Video – Mid-Year Review Layout – Link
  • 9th Video – Another Simple Future Log Layout – Link
  • 10th Video – End of Year Reflection Layout – Link
  • 11th Video – Budget Tracker Layout – Link
  • 12th Video – Travel Log Layout – Link
  • 13th Video – Complete Planner Walk-through – Link

In this video I am using the following items

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