Setting Up My Bullet Journal for 2018

Well guys, it’s that time again, time to set up a bullet journal for another year.

As you may know if you’ve been following my bullet journal posts, in September this year I swapped over to a Discbound Bullet Journal system and fell completely in love. Before we go any further, I really wanted to make it clear that I am still head over heels in love with my discbound notebook from Jane’s Agendas, but I’m feeling like a bit of a change and what better to way than to move into a new notebook?

I considered going back to a Leuchtturm, but decided instead to branch out to a Dingbats notebook (it seemed like the perfect choice as it’s grey with an elephant on the cover… and I love me some grey elephants!) but I’m not really sure how I feel about it now that it’s here, it’s a little more industrial looking than I’d like, but I’ll use it up and hopefully then go back into my lovely marble discbound planner when I get sick of this one. I can do a full review of this notebook if you’re interested, but for now, let’s jump into my 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up.

 

 

Title Page

Shock, horror, I started off with a title page! I wanted to keep things pretty basic as this isn’t a theme I’m going to be sticking with for the entire year, so I went with a simple leaf border for a little bit of interest.

I used a few different shades of green to give it some depth and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I may go back in at some stage and fill out the leaves a bit more, but I’m happy enough to leave it as is for now.

Year At A Glance

You can see my previous Year At A Glance setups in older posts, but I just wanted a little bit more space this year, so I went with a simple box calendar layout over not 2, but 4 pages. This way I can colour in days for birthdays and holidays etc, but also write in any events or meetings I need to be aware of.

I’ve never been very good at keeping yearly spreads up to date so I’m hoping this new layout will work!

New Year’s Resolutions

An entire post on my new year’s resolutions came out yesterday and it’s more up to date than this bullet journal spread! I’m not sure how I feel about this particular spread at the moment, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating something on my computer to print and stick instead, but it gives you the gist at least.

50 item challenge

I don’t think I mentioned this in my 2018 resolutions post, but I’m setting myself a challenge this coming year to only bring 50 items into my home. I’m going to try and do a full post to explain more soon, but this spread is where I’m going to be tracking which items have come in and how much they cost- pretty self-explanatory.

(I decided to throw in a quote at the bottom of the page to fill up space and to give the spread a little bit of interest without becoming too busy.)

Savings Tracker/ Finance Summary

Now, I definitely talked about my financial goals for 2018, so these spreads should come as no surprise.

On the left, I have my savings tracker, it’s a simple ‘colour in the box’ type situation intended to let me track my savings progress.

On the right, there’s my financial summary which I’ve done an entire post on, so I’m not going to get into it again here.

2018 Bookshelf/ Movie Bingo

My 2018 Bookshelf is almost an exact copy of my 2017 Bookshelf, but I loved it so much I had to do it again. I’m sticking to my goal of 70 books this year to avoid putting too much pressure on myself. I’ve really enjoyed having a place to look back over my reading year that doesn’t involve Goodreads, it feels a bit more personal.

My Movie Bingo spread is an evolution of my plan to watch 25 movies from the IMDb Top 250 this past year. I think I just had too many options and got overwhelmed so easily that I didn’t even come close to my goal. This year I’ve already sat down and selected 12 movies I want to watch from the list and I can colour in the boxes as I go along. I’m trying to come up with a reward for myself for after I watch them all, but I’m struggling, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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And that’s it! I tried to keep these yearly spreads super simple so I won’t get sick of them, but I hope you found this interesting nonetheless. If you have any suggestions of spreads you’d like me to create/show/talk you through let me know, I love talking about my bullet journal!

On a separate note, this is officially the last day of Blogmas! I can’t believe how quickly the build-up to Christmas has gone this year, thanks for joining me every day and, of course, for all your lovely comments, you guys are the best!

Have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you back here on Boxing Day for a sort of bitter-sweet new year’s update (don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere).

Merry Christmas Everyone! xx

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