It seems like everybody is talking about setting up their bullet journal for the new year! I really like the energy right around this time of year, where we get to relax and refresh, people are talking about the future, ambitious goals are being made, and fresh new notebooks are coming out of the package!
I also have heard that a few people struggle to make their first pages. Therefore, I spent a lot of time researching and making this post to show you how I set up my bullet journal for the new year, plus I will be giving out some free printables to get you started!
In this blog post, I will talk about …
- Brainstorming. How I spent 15 minutes jotting down what bullet journal would do for me.
- All the essential bullet journal pages (with a bit of cuteness added to them)
- Goal setting for the new year
- Of course, your awesome and free printables!!
The great thing about bullet journal is that it can be whatever you want it to be. It will evolve to fit your needs. So before you start, I recommend venting out everything you want your bullet journal to be this year. To me, this means listing like crazy (something I really do best!)
So to give you an example, here are some of the things I jotted down really quickly.
Goals setting and achievements
- Quote of the year. (something I want to pay attention to everyday).
- Annual page. (a year-at-a-glance page that has all of my holidays highlighted for easier trip planning).
- Future log. (to keep track of birthdays and important days, like the first day of the semester or family gathering dates).
- My goals for this year (arranged by areas of life: business, health, personal).
- Quarterly pages (listing my 3-month challenges’ plans and logs).
- Monthly pages (setting action goals and putting down specific time periods those goals will get done).
Weekly and daily
- Weekly goals and to-do list.
- Daily morning routine (to reflect on my yesterday and set my intention for today).
- Pomodoro log (a little spread that track how many pomodoros I do each day).
- Daily to-do and goals.
- Time tracking.
- Rapid logging (a practice to track what happens during the day).
Health & self care
- Sleep log (keeping track of my sleep time and trying to sleep at the optimal time).
- Health routine tracker (skincare, healthy eating, dental and doctor appointments)
- Energy tracker (to find ways to combat fatigue)
- Journaling (venting out frustration and complaining my way to a healthy mind!)
- Life lessons (things I collected from my readings that I want to revisit from time to time)
(If you are thinking about setting up finance spreads please read my epic guide for finance planning in bullet journal!)
- Expense tracker (needs to break down the categories to know what to keep an eye on).
- Income tracker
- Tax worksheet
- Blog ideas collection
- Design ideas for my Etsy shop
- Business improvement ideas collection
- Business accounting
- Social media editorial calendar
- Business growth tracker
- Business tips and knowledge resources
I recommend you make similar list to get some ideas. We will not create all these spreads in one sitting (I think it will be overwhelming, even for crazies like me). It is just great to get a general idea about what your bullet journal means to you this year. This list also miss a few things too but that’s okay; I will update it as the year goes by.
Now let us set up our bullet journals for the new year
After having a rough idea of what’s in store for this year, I will start setting up some essential pages.
I’d like to begin the year with some sassiness built in to my journal, so the first thing I did, of course, is to make a pretty cover! My bullet journal is hosted in a ring-bound planner, I can make custom pages in my computer (for example, using Microsoft Word) and print them quickly and cheaply on A5 papers. You guys are lucky I will be giving away these cover printables for free :). Link will follow in the very last section.
Then I have quote of the year page.
I’d like to keep it simple right now. Since I use a ring-bound planner, the quote of the year can easily become quote of two months. I can swap this out for a different quote when life situations change, but for now, this simple page will do!
It would not be bullet journal without these two things: the key page and the index page! For a bullet journal beginner, the key page is where you will list all the bullet symbols you’ll use and what it means to you. You can see some examples below. The index page is like a table of contents where you list all of your page numbers and what’s written on them. Since I have a ring-bound planner, I don’t have a rigid page numbering system because I tend to move things around. But here I will list all of my sections and what page has been added (or removed) from the section!
These two pages are included in the free printable kit too! Wink wink.
Then my year-at-a-glance page is set up with all official holidays highlighted in pink with my pastel highlighters.
Last but not least, one of the bullet journal essential pages is the future log! I primarily use Google Calendar for all scheduling, so I don’t really use future log for events like the original bullet journal suggests. This page is here just to keep track of really important dates, such as birthdays, important school dates, and long trips.
Alright! Now that we have set up all the needed pages to keep our journal organized, I am going to move onto some goal setting awesomeness.
Setting the Goals for New Year!
When it comes to achieving something you want, setting a goal and writing it down is still the best way! This is why I devote a large portion of my planner for goal setting. For 2017, I set goals in 3 areas of my life: business & finance, health & wellness, and personal development.
I know, I know, New Year resolutions are prone to fail, but many sources say when you are specific about the goals you want to achieve and set reasonable milestones, you are more likely to achieve them! This means instead of saying my goal is ‘lose weight’, say ‘my goal’ is to lose 25 pounds in 2017. Then it is easier for you to break that goal down and take small steps required to achieve it. I try to make my goal as specific as possible. I want to make sure I can track each achievement milestone (like write 52 blog posts) and as well as any daily habit completions.
For some goals that are really hard to track (for example, be a better wife) I use this goal log sheet to make a journal entry every time there’s an important achievement. I also track slips (we are human and therefore we will make lots of mistakes!) The key is to be aware of how you are doing on these goals that are super important to you!
I have a separate set of trackers for goals that are difficult, specific, yet very important to me. If you really want to make significant progresses towards your goals in 2017 with bullet journal, please stay tuned to our blog. We have a lot of posts and challenges in store!
Infinite Planner’s New Year Starter Kit
All pages you see in this post are available for download from the Infinite Planner shop! Plus there are a bunch bonus pages that are not. Please following this link to the listing. As of this writing we have a 30% discount going on at the shop, so there’s really no need to wait! Please grab it!
I put heart and soul into creating each of my printables, so hopefully they will be useful for you as much as they’ve been useful for me. If you have any suggestions about new designs that you want to see in my shop, please do let me know at the Etsy messaging system or email me.
Now to the Free Printables!
Alright! Now it is time for the free printables. I have put together an awesome pack that will get you started on your wonderful 2017 bullet journey :). Here’s a list of all the 4 pages:
- 2017 cover pages (the two designs shown above!)
- Stop wishing, start doing. My quote of the year page.
- Key page.
- Index page.
Download free bullet journal printables!