Minimalist Bullet Journal Monthly Setup: January

Welcome to 2021! I hope you’ve all had a happy and healthy start to the new year. I always find the beginning of January to be the perfect time to reset, wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. This feeling carried over into my bullet journal, which features a simple and minimalistic spread for the month. Here’s how I set up my bullet journal for January:

Yearly Cover Page

Sarahboparah - 2021 Cover Page

Supplies: NoteBook Therapy dot-grid journal // Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

I don’t think I’ve ever made a yearly cover page, but this time around, I found the idea of creating a tangible division between 2020 and 2021 quite appealing. As for the cover page itself, I kept it simple: I drew a square and wrote out the year 2021 using a black brush pen.

Monthly Log

Sarahboparah - January 2021 Monthly Log

Supplies: NoteBook Therapy dot-grid journal // Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen // Pilot G2-07 black gel pen // Muji 0.5 black gel pen // Uni-Ball Jetstream 0.7 pen // M + R ruler

Heavily inspired by a recent picture shared by of my favourite Instagram accounts, @decadethirty, I decided on a simple monochromatic theme for January, featuring only lettering and lines. 

I hand-lettered the title of the month using a black brush pen, and drew a line with a black gel pen. I added in the days of the month and the dates using a 0.5mm gel pen, and finally filled in appointments, meetings and birthdays using my favourite black ballpoint pen.

Monthly Trackers

Sarahboparah - January 2021 Trackers

Supplies: NoteBook Therapy dot-grid journal // Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen // Pilot G2-07 black gel pen // Uni-Ball Jetstream 0.7 pen // M + R ruler

The opposite page, which houses my monthly trackers, underwent a bit of a change. Since I’ve switched to tracking of my spending in a digital spreadsheet, I didn’t have much need for my much-loved mindful consumption tracker. Instead, I opted for a monthly task list.

Using the same black brush pen, I lettered the title and divided the page into two sections. The first section is for my monthly task list, which primarily consists of the handful of end-of-2020-tasks I still want to complete, and the second section is for my waiting for list.

Looking back, I feel like both sections could have used more space, so I’ll likely be setting the page up differently next time around!

Weekly and Daily Logs

Sarahboparah - January 2021 Weekly Log

Supplies: NoteBook Therapy dot-grid journal // Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen // Tombow Dual Brush Pen in ‘Cool Grey’ // Uni-Ball Jetstream 0.7 pen // M + R ruler

As for my weekly and daily logs, they’ve mostly stayed the same since my December setup. I restructured things only slightly; both the quote for the week and my running task list are closer to the top of the page, and I quite like the placement.

I used the same supplies throughout, but instead of using a black gel pen to draw the dividing lines, I opted to use a grey marker pen for a softer, less stark look.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my setup for the month, and I look forward to using my journal during January!

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Supplies: NoteBook Therapy dot-grid journal // Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen // Tombow Dual Brush Pen in ‘Cool Grey’ // Pilot G2-07 black gel pen // Muji 0.5 black gel pen // Uni-Ball Jetstream 0.7 pen // M + R ruler

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