Hi everyone! January is already coming to an end and I realised I hadn’t shared my 2018 bullet journal set up with you so that’s what I’m here to share today! I’ve decided to split this post into two parts, one for my general set up and a few collections and then next week I’ll be sharing how I’m using my journal in 2018 to track books and blog!
This year I am sticking with a trusty Leuchtturm 1917 dotted grid journal in berry colour, which I am just in love with! I’m continuing to use my Staedtler fine liners but am also going to hopefully use more washi tape and small stickers this year to jazz up my pages!
To open my journal is this simple page. In 2017 I became a bit more brave with my own doodles and so I thought I’d start of 2018 with a little ‘hello’ and a pretty feather filled with geometric designs. Now for my staple set-up pages…
First up is my ‘Year at a Glance’ page. Trust me when I say that this page is the BIGGEST pain to set up. It takes so long to write in all the numbers but I couldn’t do without it. (Ps. printables are easily found online if that makes this easier for anyone.) I love being able to quickly glance at days and dates and it’s so handy when planning ahead. I followed this by a page for my ‘Birthday’s’. Last year I did a birthday wheel but I wanted to keep it a bit more simple this year so did a fancy bit of font and some simple bunting.
Next up is my ‘Future Log’ and this year I have changed it from how it looked last year. I decided I fancied a change and went for a vertical set up. These pages are my LIFE, honestly. I put everything in these pages so I know what I have coming up. These get merged into my monthly spreads but I love having these pages to jot down upcoming events that are further ahead than the rest of my journal. I added a little bit of arrow washi tape at the bottom to keep me moving forward!
Next up is my ‘Work Dates’ Calendex. I used this spread a LOT last year and so I knew I had to include it this year. It is really handy to track my work dates, meetings and commitments separately to my personal dates etc. Plus I can fit the rest of this academic year (Jan-Jul) on two pages. I also included the quote ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ to remind me to keep on going even when work i tough. I’m really proud with how the lettering turned out on this quote.
My ‘2018 Goals’ page is blank here as I took these photos a little while ago but it has since been filled, maybe I’ll share a picture soon. I wanted to keep with the blank spreads theme for this post. This one is self-explanatory!
‘Memories of 2018’ is going to be where I jot down or doodle my favourite memories of each month. It will be lovely to look back on this at the end of the year. I’ve also decided for 2018 to keep ‘A Year in Pixels’ page. Although I will still track my moods monthly/weekly, I thought this would be really fun to look back on at the end of the year and filling out that little pixel at the end of each day is really satisfying!
Mindfulness is something that I am making a priority this year. I had some tough times towards the end of 2017 and struggled to always look after my own mindfulness. This page is going to become a bank of things I can do when I’m finding it tough. A page I can look at when I’m struggling that will inspire me to take time for myself.
And there we have it, for now! My basic set up for 2018, if you want a closer look please do click on the pictures. I’ll be back with another bullet journal post next week, this time to share how I am tracking my books and blog in my journal.
Do you use a bullet journal? What is your favourite thing about it?
What spreads are your essential to start a new year in a new journal?