I have started a new bullet journal for this year. I don’t always start afresh, but I was nearing the end of my previous journal so January seemed like a good idea to get a new journal out and crack that new spine. For those of you who have yet to give bullet journals a go, or for inspiration for those of you that use them, I thought it would be useful to share my bullet spreads for the New Year here.
First up then, if you’ve yet to give a bujo a go, do check out getting started with a bullet journal and you will be up and running in no time.
This all took some thought, because is it just me or is it a big deal starting a new notebook? I hate the idea that I’ll mess it up!
There is something special about writing on that very first page of a blank notebook, even more so for a journal that you will likely use daily.
I know it will get messy at some stage, probably before this month is out, but I want it to at least start off looking good!
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This is the journal I have this time, and so far so good.
I always favour a dot grid notebook for my bullet journal. Are you the same?
Before I started setting up my spreads, I spent some time thinking about what I’d like to include this year, this month.
I have not been using many collections and spreads recently, my monthly and daily to-dos were enough, with the odd collection thrown in when I needed it.
For this new journal, I was keen to really think about how I could make it most useful to me, as well as fun to do.
I came up with these initial spreads:
2022 Cover Page
In 2022, I Want To…
As you can see, this one includes my word of the year, quote of the year and then a few goals.
This one will be one that I complete at the end of each month.
It will make me pause and reflect on every month and even in those months where nothing jumps out, I will find something good!
Books I Loved
This one will be fun to complete.
I have already popped a few book spines on it ready to write on and I will create more as the year goes on.
I keep a book journal, this one will track those 5* reads, the ones that really stand out.
Films I Loved
Similarly, I want to keep a log of all of those films that I have enjoyed this year.
January Monthly Page
This one will look similar every year going forward. It’s a simple layout leaving space for tasks, goals, mood and a snail mail tracker.
This is a great practice that I have lapsed recently so I am keen to get back into it.
Each evening, I will jot down something I am grateful for that day, ensuring that I am ending the day on a positive note.
I will then always use daily to-do task lists, always. It organises my thoughts, ensures I don’t forget things and it gives me a sense of accomplishment to cross things off every day.
In this video, you can see all of the spreads more closely, as I talk through my thinking behind each one too:
What do you think of my new year bullet journal spreads? Have you got some of these in your journal?
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