New Year Bullet Journal Set Up | January 2017

by - January 15, 2017

Okay okay, I know I'm a little late to the game with this post, given that we are already halfway through the first month of the new year. However, it's taken me some time to really sit down and make my bullet journal look the way it does now, and be happy with that so you'll have to forgive me. I started bullet journaling sometime back in August, after seeing so many posts about it all over my Pinterest and Instagram feeds, but I didn't start journaling seriously until about 2 months ago. And as a result am still sort of getting the hang of things and how I like to set everything up.
But I am really pleased with my setup for the new year, and for the month of January (I believe that I will have a different set up every month until I find something I really really like), and I thought that I would share it with the Bujo community, and any beginners, who like me are just settling into their bullet journals.

I just want to say before I start, as a bit of a disclaimer, that because I am a beginner and because I am no longer as creative as I used to be, a lot of my pages are drawn from inspiration I see online. So if a page looks familiar to you, chances are you have seen it before on Pinterest or Instagram, and I absolutely am not trying to take credit for someone else's ideas. But if I see something that I think looks aesthetically pleasing, or would be a good way to keep track of things then I want to try it out for myself!

I chose to only do six months for my month-to-month look ahead page (I feel like there is a better way to describe this page, but for now that's what I've got), because I'm already half way through this journal, and figure I'm not going to get more than 6 months out of the pages I have left. I think it's just nice to reference this page when I'm doing my planning so I can see any special events, like birthdays or trips, that are coming up on any given month, and also just to see what day of the week a specific date falls on. It's much easier than pulling up the calendar on my laptop or on my phone, and since I ALWAYS have my bullet journal with me, I will never not have a calendar as well. I did start to doodle on each month with something I thought tied into the theme of the month, but that got old pretty quick to be honest. I may go back to finish up the months later on, but I'm okay with leaving it as it is for now.

New Years Goals

As it is a new year, I wanted to include a page (or two) for my goals for the new year. I did not come up with the adorable design on my own, I saw it on Pinterest more than once, and I really wish I could remember who had done it so I could give credit but I am obviously not that organised. However when I saw it I knew it was how I would write down my goals for the year in my bullet journal, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I've broken down my goals into 3 categories on the left page, fitness, finance, and fun. I was going to blur out what I had written down, but then I figured maybe if I share them with the internet who may hold me accountable, I might be more likely to accomplish them! On the right side I just wrote down a bunch of firsts that I would like to do, or things I'd like to do/see and I think it looks pretty cute. And I am looking forward to crossing them off as the year unfolds.

Monthly Trackers

And then we move into January, and the more month specific pages of my bullet journal. I created a new key for the new year as well, I had previously used different symbols when planning out my weeks/days, but I think that this one will be better. I always like to take a page to  make a little calendar of the month. Again this one is for reference of dates and days of the week, but also leave myself a little space to write any important events or things that are happening into each of the boxes. I also have my goals for the month at the bottom of the page, but I've edited in a bit of tape to cover that, because there are some location specific goals written down and figure it's best you all not know exactly where I live. And then I have a daily tracker on the next page, where I can keep track of all the things I'd like to do in the month, like getting enough water, posting on social media, and eating healthy. You'll notice I've been a lazy bum and not gone to the gym a single day this month, but I'm working on being more consistent I promise!

Weekly's / Daily's

Before I started my weekly pages for the month, I put in a little ideas page for youtube videos and blog posts. Just somewhere to jot down ideas of things I'd possibly like to film and write about for the month.
I really love the way my weekly page turned out. Aesthetically, I find it really pretty, and it's got enough space for everything I feel I need to write down to plan out my week. I've got a box for my weekly goals, and my weekly to-do's. And then at the bottom a space to write out either a daily or weekly thought of gratitude. I've also drawn a little quote (which I have seen online before, am not creative enough to come up with them all) on the other page just so that it's not blank.
Moving into my daily pages I've got it set up with what I believe is enough space to write out everything I have to do each day. I like to write in a different colour when it comes to blog and youtube stuff, but everything else is always written in black. I think next month I will probably try out a different style for daily's, this one is nice but not my favourite as of yet. And depending on how busy I get later in the year, I may switch to a page a day, but for January I am pleased with what I've got.


I think my favourite thing about bullet journaling is that how you want your journal to turn out is entirely up to you, because there are no set pages. I've had people ask me why I don't just use a regular planner, because they can be just as pretty, and are so much less work. But I suppose for me it's not about the time/effort that goes into making a bullet journal, because I love my planning time. I love sitting down and creating new pages and planning out my week, using all my different pens I live for that. And I love that every month, or every week, or every day can look different. I love that I have infinite pages for doodling and ideas!
So the last few pages of my bullet journal for the month of January are totally not necessary to a monthly planner, but are something I really love having in mine. I've got my blog schedule for the month, where I've written out what I hope (hasn't exactly worked out that way, but I'm trying) will be what/when I post for January. And then a daily thoughts page, which to be honest is pretty self-explanatory. I've also chosen not to share that with everyone because some of it is pretty personal, hope you can understand, but you get the gist of it! Then we have a page where I can jot down my top three memories of the month, again not necessary but a nice way I think, to remember what you loved about the month. And because I hate blank pages, I'm always writing or doodling , and I just found a Rupi Kaur poem that I absolutely loved and that resonated with me, and I wanted to remember it so I wrote it down.

And that's it, the next page is my hello February! I hope you guys enjoyed a little peek into my Bullet journal, and I'm really happy to have shared it! I definitely want to start doing more posts about Bujo's and the Bujo community so please if you guys have any questions or requests let me know!

Much Love,
Spenser xx

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