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
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.
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.
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
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