Today I’m showing you how I set up my bullet journal for a new year. You’ll see how I map out my bullet journal in a plan with me style and how I layout my monthly view.
Watch the video tutorial or simply follow my instructions below.
I’m using a white Leichtturm 1917 bullet journal along with some of my favorite pens for hand lettering:
The first page is my journal key. I keep these really simple because I know I’m going to be looking back at it every single day. I’ve used these four symbols:
– Reassigned to a new month
I begin by filling out my Year at a Glance page where I like to note down some important dates and events, followed by my Goals and Core Values pages. While I love making new year’s resolution’s it can be challenging to keep track of them and remember, so noting down core values which don’t change as often is helpful, too.
I also add in a Birthday’s page and a fun jar illustration for my Debt Tracker. As the month’s pass I’ll add in the amount of debt I paid off. I also like to create a Savings goal page to keep track of my financials because saving money is a big goal for me this year. I’ve drawn a few boxes on the page and each box represents $100 being saved.
Another goal I’m focused on achieving is reading the entire Bible this year, so I’ve gone ahead and created a “Books of the Bible” page to keep track of it and see it visually represented.
The next page I created was my Stats page to keep track of my YouTube channel growth. I also added a section for my Etsy store and Instagram. I am definitely a list person so seeing the accomplishments for How To Handletter over the year is so fun!
Monthly Pages Setup
I like to start with a little calendar overview of the month with a few extra boxes with some special dates, monthly goals and actionable steps. I love that I can see all of my lists on one page.
I’ve also got my fitness and health goals listed on a page for the month of May. I’ve included a water tracker, workout tracker, vitamins tracker and pounds to lose visual. These are just trackers to track what I’m doing daily, but I’m not making myself workout daily. It’s not a schedule, it’s simply a tracker.
I’ve also got a blank page setup for me to make some notes that I don’t want to forget with these titles: brain dump, video ideas and Etsy projects.
I’ve added a financial goals page for this month with a “needs vs. wants” table to fill out, sort of a wish list for things I need right away and others that could wait until I’ve saved a little. I also try to keep a spending tracker, but I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to update this throughout the month!
My House Projects page is for all those DIY and home improvement plans that are coming up with a cleaning tracker to hold me accountable.
My last two monthly pages are dedicated to daily gratitude journaling and a prayer page to track my prayers for my family, friends and the world.
I hope this was helpful for all of you who love bullet journaling as much as I do or are just getting started. If you’re looking to improve your lettering for bullet journaling, my printable worksheets are a great resource! You can find them here.
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