My 2021 yearly Bullet Journal setup

It’s that time of year again: time to get ready for the New Year with a new Bullet Journal! Keep reading for my 2021 yearly Bullet Journal setup!

This year’s setup is a bit different than last year’s, but has similar elements as well. Obviously, the beauty of the Bullet Journal system is you can adapt it as you learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

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A new year always feels like a fresh start to me. It’s why I always start a new Bullet Journal at the beginning of the year, regardless of whether I’ve finished my current journal. And I don’t know about you, but I really need a fresh start after this past year!

Without further ado, here’s my 2021 yearly Bullet Journal setup!

My new Bullet Journal

This year, I’ve decided to try something different! For as long as I’ve been Bullet Journaling (since March 2017), I’ve been using a Leuchtturm1917 journal.

I’ve really loved these journals and I might go back to this brand one day, who knows!

BUT for 2021, I’ve decided to try out an Archer & Olive notebook (Use my coupon code MELANIE10 for 10% off your very own A&O journal!). With the thicker pages of the A&O journal (160 gsm vs 90 gsm), I’ll be able to add more colors to my spreads without the fear of ghosting.

I’m excited to give this new journal a try and I’ll be sure to let you know what I think!

2021 cover page

Here’s the cover page of my new 2021 Bullet Journal!

I decided to go with a “New Year’s Eve-party” theme for the doodles. I drew a disco ball, some stars, confetti, champagne glasses, etc!

I really loved the final result after I added in the color. And you’ll be glad to hear, no ghosting at all on the next page!

I printed out the big “2021” using my Poooliprint Thermal Pocket Printer! Get your own here and make sure to use my promo code MELANIE15 to save 15% on your order! Or check out my review of the Poooliprint Thermal Printer right here!

Grid spacing page and Year at a Glance

A Bullet Journal with a Grid Spacing Chart

This is the first Bullet Journal for which I’ve done a Grid spacing chart.

Honestly, I was getting tired of looking back on previous spreads to count the spaces and figure out how to divide the page. I’m hoping a Grid Spacing chart will help me plan out my Bullet Journal spreads faster.

As for the blank page on the right, it will eventually be a “Year at a Glance” spread. I’ve simply come to realize that I’d much rather not have to write down all 365 days myself, even though I want that spread in my new Bullet Journal.

I intend to buy a full-page sticker or mini calendar stickers for this page, once I find one that I like. If you have any recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below or DM me on Instagram!

Future log

This Future log spread is EXACTLY the same as last year’s!

I didn’t change one thing about this spread, except maybe for the colors.

I’m not a very consistent user of the Future log, so I hesitated about including this spread in my new Bullet Journal. In the end, since I didn’t really have the opportunity to try it out last year (because, you know, 2020), I decided to give myself one last chance.

2021 Resolutions and 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 page

A Bullet Journal with a 2021 Resolutions page and a goals page

At the beginning of the year, I like to look back at my old Bullet Journals and check out my past goals and resolutions. Sometimes, I’ll even migrate a few goals I haven’t gotten to yet.

I decided that in 2021, I wanted to focus on 3 main things, 3 resolutions. Things I want to get better at. I haven’t quite decided what they will be yet, but once I make up my mind, I will write them on this page.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve been doing a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 page in my Bullet Journal every beginning of the year, since I read about it in The Bullet Journal Method.

It’s a page to set long-, medium- and short-term goals: goals for the next 5 years, 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and 1 hour.

This time, I decided to skip the last 2 categories because they felt like tasks for the To-Do lists I already use daily.

Reading tracker, books to read and Reading log

A Bullet Journal with a reading tracker and a list of books to read.

As usual, I’m including pages about books and reading in my yearly planning! I love to read, I just sometimes need to remind myself to read a book instead of re-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.

I decided to try an artistic spread for my Reading Tracker. I drew bookshelves with books and plants in them. I’ll color in each book on the page as I read one in real life. There are 30 books on the shelves and I want to read 30 in 2021!

I also like to remind myself to read the books I already own instead of buying new ones. Which is why I created a “Books to read” page, where I wrote down all the books I already bought but haven’t read yet (there are so many, I’m so disappointed in myself).

On the next page (not pictured), I created a simple spread to write down the book titles and authors of the books I’ve read during the year. I like to look back at the books I’ve read in a year.

What I’m excited for in 2021

A Bullet Journal with the title What I'm excited for in 2021 and 4 categories

This is a simple fun page to do! I decided to list things that are being released or coming out in 2021 that I’m excited about.

I divided the page into four categories: Books, Tv Shows & Movies, Video Games and Other.

That way, I have somewhere to write down things I’m excited about when I hear about them, instead of probably forgetting them!


And that was my 2021 yearly Bullet Journal setup!

Is your Bullet Journal ready for 2021! What pages did you include in your yearly setup? Let me know in the comments below!

So far, I’m quite happy with my new Archer & Olive notebook! The pages hold great with my Tombow Dual Brush pens.

Until next time!

Melanie

Here's my 2021 Bullet Journal setup! Check out how I set up my Bullet Journal for the New Year! I'm now ready to use my new Bullet Journal to stay organized in 2021. Get some ideas and inspiration for your Bullet Journal here! Bullet Journal spread ideas, page inspiration, organization tips, new year resolutions, new year goals.
Here's my 2021 Bullet Journal setup! Check out how I set up my Bullet Journal for the New Year! I'm now ready to use my new Bullet Journal to stay organized in 2021. Get some ideas and inspiration for your Bullet Journal here! Bullet Journal spread ideas, page inspiration, organization tips, new year resolutions, new year goals.

Get your Poooliprint Thermal Printer here and make sure to use my promo code MELANIE15 to save 15% on your order! Or check out my review of the Poooliprint Thermal Printer right here!

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