Am I the only one who gets super excited for the new year because I also get to start a new bullet journal? (Probably.)
But I can’t help it! It’s like having a completely fresh start to the new year, and it’s an opportunity to change up your typical routine.
Since we’re just a week away from 2018, I thought I’d show you guys how I’ve set up my bullet journal for the upcoming year. Hopefully this gives you inspiration when you’re setting up your own bullet journal for next year!
If you haven’t started a bullet journal already, be sure to check out this helpful guide to learn all about it!
One of my favorite things about a bullet journal is the flexibility of it, and that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make an amazing journal. Honestly, any pen and notebook can be used to create a bullet journal.
Personally though, I like to have a good-quality journal and tools that I can use to personalize my journal. While you definitely don’t have to use these tools to create your bullet journal, I still want to share with you what I use in case you’re curious and want to get more creative with your journal!
Here are my current supplies:
You can find more amazing (and inexpensive!) bullet journal supplies here.
What stays and what goes?
If you’ve already got a bullet journal, this step is important (if you haven’t started one yet, be sure to read this post).
Most of the time, not every page from your last bullet journal worked out. Which is totally fine, because now you know that you don’t need it in your new one! Any time you’re migrating into a new journal, you need to decide what pages/collections should come with you from your last one.
Tip: Sometimes, you might want to keep a spread from your last bullet journal, but it needs some tweaking to make it fit your needs better. Be sure to plan out (either on paper or in your head) how you’ll change a layout to make it better.
My 2018 Bullet Journal Layout
Here’s everything I’ve included in my bullet journal for the new year!
First up is the future log! I’ve explained the importance of this spread in this post, so of course I had to include it for my 2018 bullet journal!
I haven’t really scheduled in everything for the year yet (oops) but you get the idea. Some people have separate pages for birthdays/holidays, but I like to include it all here, so that I can find every date i need to remember in one place.
You may remember my previous setup for blogging goals from this post, but I thought I’d try something different this year. Rather than outline specific goals each month, I’ve picked out an area that I want to focus on each month and grow. While I still have specific blogging goals (which you can read about here) this is just a general outline of what I can work on to achieve those goals.
Also, I’ve added my personal goals to my bullet journal, in an effort to keep up with my self-care resolution (more on that here.) But I’m waiting to fill in my focus areas for my personal goals, as I feel this would be better to fill in as I go, so I can reflect at the end of each month and determine what I should focus on, whether it be fitness, productivity, social, etc.
Income and Expenses
Here’s a very simple layout for my income and expenses. This is more just for blog-related finances, although I may create one for regular, everyday expenses as well, depending on how this works out.
Blog Post Ideas
Once again, this was a very simple layout for my post ideas. I’ve still got a bunch of ideas written down in my previous journal, so I’ll have to flip between the two for a little bit, but all new ideas will be put into this one.
Definitely inspired by @feebujo and her bullet journal style this year, which is super apparent in this layout specifically. There’s just something so beautiful and inspiring about flipping through my journal and seeing flowers and nature each day.
This is the first time I’ve tried this page in my bullet journal before, and I’m super excited about it! Here’s where I’ll keep any favorite memories that I made in January. It’s going to be so fun to look back at these each month at the end of the year and reminisce!
This is another page that I’m really excited for in my bullet journal. I’ve used a gratitude log before, but I’ve always been bad about keeping up with it every day.
There’s just something so special about writing down what I’m thankful for everyday though, so one of my goals this year is to really stick with my gratitude log. It’s another page that I think will be really fun to flip back through at the end of the year.
January Weekly Spreads
These are just some of the weekly spreads I’ve set up for January. I wanted to keep a consistent theme for January, so I stuck with the same color and flower-y type, and I actually really like this!
I’ve never really tried a theme for each month before, but I figured since I’m going to start posting to my Instagram in January, it would look cool to have different colors/themes in my feed each month!
And there you have it! This is my setup for the new year, I hope it helps you as you begin planning out your own bullet journal for 2018!
Honestly, I can’t wait until the new year, I’m so excited to start filling up this journal!]
As always, be sure to pin this so others can find it! <3
What are you looking forward to in 2018? Let me know below or contact me here!
Oh, and Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you get to spend it with family and friends and lots of food!
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