A new year means a new Bullet Journal!
It is indeed what the inventor of the Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll, recommends in his book The Bullet Journal Method (I talk more about it here). Mr. Carroll believes that starting a new Bullet Journal allows the user to leave behind those tasks that have been migrated for the past few weeks or months, without ever being accomplished, and start anew.
A new journal is the perfect opportunity to look over the past year and decide what has been helpful to you in planning tools. And I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little excited/nervous when I begin a new Bullet Journal. The perfectionist in me wants it to be as nice as possible!
Anyway, before the beginning of the new year, I had decided I would be starting a new Bullet Journal in 2019, even if my current one wasn’t fully finished.
So I wanted to show you the first pages of my brand new Bullet Journal for 2019, as well as my planning for the month of January!
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The Future Log
As determined by the original Bullet Journal method, the first pages of my new journal are my Future Log.
The Future Log is used to write down events that are planned in a few months time as to not forget them. Since the Bullet Journal is “built” by its user every month and every day, it was important to have a spread to be able to write down appointments farther in the future.
So here is my Future Log for 2019, pretty minimalist, but I am really satisfied with the result. I started my Future Log with the month of February, since I would be setting up the Monthly Log for January just a few pages later (and it was not necessary to have January events written down on two different pages).
The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 spread
The idea behind this page is to set goals and a timeline for those goals: are they short, medium- or long-term goals? You write those goals in the space with the correct timeline by which you want to accomplish them.
The page is divided into five parts: for 5 years, 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and 1 hour. For example, you would write down your long-term goals in the “5 years” space, while the task you want to do but have been putting off should be written in the “1 hour” or “2 days” space.
I decided to do a professional and a personal page, to separate my goals.
The Reading Log
This page is really just for me. It’s not part of the actual Bullet Journal method, but I really wanted this spread.
In 2019, I want to read more, if possible. I also want to keep track of the books I’ve read during the year.
As such, I recreated a page I had in my previous Bullet Journal and decided it had to be in the first pages of the new Bullet Journal. I hope to fill this log quickly!
The cover page
I don’t do cover pages often, but I felt like doing one this time.
A very simple page, with pretty lettering, done with my brand new Fountain pen by Faber-Castell.
January Monthly Log
And that’s it, we’re already at the January monthly planning!
I thought it was important this time around to keep my Bullet Journal simple but efficient, so I decided to not have a whole lot of collections at the beginning. My Future Log, 5 4 3 2 1 Spread, Reading Log, that’s it.
I decided that if I needed more pages or lists, I would create them as I go, as needed. That way, I hope to lower the amount of halfway-abandoned spreads!
Here’s my Monthly Log for January, with a list of tasks to do and my bills to pay at the bottom of the right-side page.
Instagram and books to read
The last page I want to show you is my Instagram planning, which I’ve been using for a few months now, and my list of books to read, that I decided to include in this month’s planning. Those are the books I hope to read this month.
This concludes my planning for 2019 in my new Bullet Journal!
As mentioned above, I kept it minimalist and simple. Since I read The Bullet Journal Method by the inventor of the Bullet Journal, I wanted to create simpler but efficient pages for my next year of planning.
Did you also begin a new Bullet Journal for 2019? Or did you continue the one you had? What other pages did you include in your new year preparation? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!