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Planning for the New Year in your Bullet Journal

Setting Up Your New Bullet Journal

If you’re looking to set up a bullet journal for the new year, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re switching over to a bullet journal anytime during the year, you’ve come to the right place, too. Lucky you!

Unsure of where to start? A new bullet journal means limitless possibilities for planning, but that’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. Check out the different ways to organize your journal below.

Link Up

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Plan Ahead

One of the best feature of bullet journals is your ability to tailor your future planning. You can use the all of the elements below, one of them, or any combination; whatever works for you!

Year At A Glance

The Year at a Glance serves as your own personal calendar all in one spot. From colorful to simple, this is your reference for dates and days of the week.

On a related not, I have an entire post on future planning and how to do it. If you’re interested, check out the post here.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

I love the Staedtler pens and Leuchtturm 1917 journals.

@kobieta_z_pasja

@amandarachdoodles

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Get these Stabilo pens

@blonde.heart

@bujoncoffee

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Love this neon green Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook

@little_coffee_fox

Future Log

My favorite of the future planning options – the future log. It takes a bit to set up. But it’s an easy way to keep track of important dates and appointments throughout the year. Check out my future planning post here.

@isabelhoops

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@jhonstudies

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Find this beautiful purple Leuchtturm1917 journal

@planningwithkay

Monthly Log

The monthly log is similar to the future log. You simply list the days of the month and write down your important events and appointments. Done!

If you’d like to see some of my favorite monthly spreadshere, check out this post .

 

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@allthingsbujo

@grandezzasjournal

Birthdays/Holidays/Anniversaries

Some bullet journalers dedicate one page to important events. This is also called a perpetual calendar. These events can be recorded linearly or in a type of calendar wheel.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bujo.snowberry

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bujo_blossoms

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@flyingpaperwords

Calendex

The Calendex method is a little more complicated way to keep track of all your important dates.

@archerandolive

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bohoberry

Cleaning Schedule

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bonjournal_

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Uni Pin Fine Point Pen

@abulletandsomelines

Hello 2018

Are you into adding a little creative element to your bullet journal? How about a hello 2018 page?

@bujonomy

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Get yourself some Tombow Twin Tones

@planningmindfully

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@isabelhoops

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Looking for polka dot washi tape? Find some here and here

@hkstudies

@can_of_pop

Hello January

Similar to a Hello 2018 page, add a hello January page to your bullet journal. They an be simple or a gorgeous illustration. Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@es.lifeletters

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@brandi_journals

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@dutch_color_love

@nohnoh.studies

Tracking the Present

New years come with resolutions to be smarter, faster stronger. Or at least, more organized and happier. Try setting up trackers to hold yourself accountable in the area of money, mental health, and things to read and watch.

Books/Movies

If you’re in need of some more Book Tracker inspiration, you can read more about it here.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

I’ve read the entire Game of Thrones box set. Totally recommend it!

@bujo.memories

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bujo_blossoms

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@my_blue_sky_design

Mood Tracker

Many people use mood trackers to track their mental and physical health. If you’d like more information about using all sorts of trackers, check out this post.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Tombow Dual Brush Pens are a total must-have. No, seriously.

@rainbowbulletjournal

@thestudiesphase

Habit Tracker

I’ll be honest, habit tracking has never been my strong suit. But lots of planners love to track everything: from exercise to water intake to date night. If you’d like more bullet journal tracker inspiration, check out the post here.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@kristinunlaced

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@madnessandmastery

Bill Tracker

Pretty straight forward, create a spot to keep track of your bills and write in the amount or simply check them off each month. Quite satisfying.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

Prismacolor color pencils

@plan_in_color

@planner_eyecandy

Gratitude Log

The gratitude log is something that I’m going to try this year in my own bullet journal. It’s so easy to get caught up with the problems in our lives. A gratitude log is such a simple way to celebrate what is going well. You could add an entry every day or even once a week.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@journalinghues

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@my_blue_sky_design

Goal Setting

Pretty straight forward. Writing things down make them more real. Try it!

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@rachelmay46

@rainbowbulletjournal

Word of the Year

This element is all over the planner world. The idea is that you choose one word on which to focus for the year.

@brittanyluiz

@frk_vorre

Looking Back

End of Year Review

One element that seems to be really popular this 2017 is the Year In Review. It’s a great way to reflect on the last 12 months and celebrate your victories, large and small.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@bujomirte

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@kendra.bullets

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

@malwal94_bujo

That should get you going in laying out your bullet journal for 2018.

Start the New Year Right with these 40 Brilliant Bullet Journal Hacks

PIN ME

If you’re interested in learning more about bullet journaling, check out my Bullet Journal Pinterest board.

If you’d like more inspiration on planning in general, follow Zen of Planning on Pinterest.

Happy New Year and happy planning!

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