A Guide To Setting Up Your 2018 Bullet Journal

A turquoise leuchtturm1917 bullet journal with a black uniball eye pen resting on top of the bullet journal. The bullet journal is placed on a white and black patterned background.

A new year means a brand new bullet journal to set up. I have been bullet journaling for a year now and have been so surprised at how well the bullet journal system keeps my life organised. I have been using a bullet journal only and no paper based planner which is new for me, but I am loving having everything in one place. I have learned so much from my first year of bullet journaling and excited to practise and try new themed spreads this year. 

One positive feature of a bullet journal is you can design the spreads and have the pages that are going to work for you. It is a completely individual planning system that can work best for you to plan your life and start getting you to be that organised and productive person. I am sharing with you my 2018 illustrated bullet journal set up to help inspire you. 

The brand of bullet journal I am using this year is the Leuchtturm1917, I have brought them from both Amazon and Rymans. They range from £12.99 – £20.99 depending on whether you purchase their basic dotted journal or the journal they collaborated with the bullet journal system. The collaboration journal has far more bullet journal features and information which can be really beneficial if you are bullet journaling for the first time. 

Calendar pages

In my 2017 bullet journal I used a future log layout for me to see the whole year but I decided to use a calendar at the start of each month so I have this to refer back to when planning and scheduling social activities.

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions is something I have always done and they sy writing goals down means you are already more likely to achieve them. I like to have them in my bullet journal as a reminder. 

A bullet journal spread with a January calendar on the left page and on the right page is my new years resolutions. On left page there is pink heart washi tape at the top and the bottom of the page. On the right page there is red and white zigzag washi tape on

18 Things Before The End Of 2018

Last year I did this 17 things before the end of 2017, so I decided to do the same this year. So I write down 18 things I want to do or achieve by the end of the year and they act as mini goals throughout the year in addition to my New Years Resolutions. 

Birthday & Special Occasions Tracker

One of my New Years Resolutions was to be more organised and productive when it came to birthday gifting. I used a birthday and special occasions tracker to write them all down in one place and that I can refer to the list each month or the month ahead. This is a really helpful spread if you are terrible at remembering birthdays. 

A 2018 bullet journal spread. On the right page is a list of 18 things to do before the end of 2018 and the title has purple bubble writing. On the right page is a birthday tracker with a list of the months and family and friend's names on it. At the bottom of the birthday tracker page is a purple and white patterned washi tape.

Habit Tracker

Habit Trackers are a great way to start new healthy habits and keep yourself accountable for achieving them. There are a variety of different ways you can record and track your habits but I used a table and would colour in the squares with different colours each day. It is a great way to track certain self care or organisational habits that you would like to have the reminder of. 

A Positive Line A Day

Each day last year in my bullet journal I wrote one positive thing that happened or positive feeling I had and I have decided to carry that on this year. I love being able to look back and seeing positive highlights. When I am having a low day it is a great self care activity to read through previous days and they make me smile.

This is a 2018 bullet journal spread. On the right page is a table for a habit tracker and each day is in a different colour. On the right page is a positive a day where I have written a positive thing from each day. The January positives title is in block letters with orange coloured letters.

Blog Statistics Tracker

Each month I will be tracking my blogs statistics it is a great way to track your growth and your progress. It will also highlight any areas where you need to improve on. 

This bullet journal page has a list of January blog statistics up to the 17th January.

To Do Lists

Writing to do lists are a great way to help you be productive with your time each day. I will write down a list at the start of each day with what tasks I will want to achieve. There is something so satisfying about checking a tasks off that list and you always feel like a complete boss when you achieve everything on your list in a day. 

A Doodle A Day

I find a doodle a day very therapeutic. If I am feeling anxious doodling and colouring is a great way to focus my mind and relax any tension that I may be feeling. 

This is a doodle page that I did in my 2017 bullet journal. It has a range of nature, food and other doodles all coloured in.

I have listed below other page ideas you can use in your bullet journal:

  • Savings tracker
  • Bucket list
  • Wish list
  • Dream log
  • Meal planning/food diary
  • Expenses
  • Doodle pages/title designs
  • Party planning
  • Birthday and Christmas gift planning
  • List of movies you want to see
  • Places you want to visit
  • Weight loss tracker
  • Water log
  • Exercise log
  • Chore lists
  • Self-care ideas
  • Spending log

These are just a few ideas of what you can use your bullet journal for. If you are wanting more inspiration, I would definitely recommend looking on my Pinterest and Instagram.

Have you got a bullet journal? I’d love to hear in the comments.

121 thoughts on “A Guide To Setting Up Your 2018 Bullet Journal

    1. My 2017 was more arty, I might do more with this one, but liking it fairly clean at the moment, but I’m soon it will covered in colour haha! I learned from Pinterest! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment x

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    1. Thank you hun. Yeah I would recommend using a bullet journal. Look on Pinterest as there is so much info on there. The food plan is helpful for me as I am going back to slimming world, so helps me be more organised x


    1. I have so many different styles of writing 😂 but you don’t have to be good at drawing! I suck so bad at drawing. It can be minimal or overloaded with art. It’s tailored to how you want it. You should give it a go! You might surprise yourself!


  1. I love how neat, detailed and organised your bullet journal is Lauren! 💖 It looks like you have worked so hard on it. The daily positivity page is such a great idea. The blog stats are a brilliant way to see your blog grow 😃. And your doodles are so colourful & pretty too ☺️. I use my planner at the moment, but if I ever start a bullet journal myself I’ll defo check back for some ideas and inspiration. Thank you for sharing 😘 xx

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my bullet journal post, I really appreciate it. Yes I love the positivity page, one of my favs to do and read back over. Yes I love your planner. If you do start a bullet journal, definitely check out Pinterest, there are so many ideas on there 💛xx

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  2. As a stationery addict I so want to start this, I have the Happy journal at the moment and enjoy it but like the idea of tracking goals and experiences in a bullet journal

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      1. I actually have two sticker sheets which came with my planner from hobbycraft but they also do planner stickers in there which are really good; I haven’t got one close to me so I’ve only been able to try a few online but I try pick some up whenever I’m near! X

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  3. Thank you for this post, it’s lovely to have some more motivation! I’m going to create my first bullet journal this year, so I’ve just bought a plain notebook to start off with, but hopefully I’ll use one of the Leuchtterm ones when I feel a bit more confident with all this! x

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      1. That’s how I found out about all this in the first place, and now with some bloggers doing it, I can’t wait to start mine! x

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  4. I actually just bought a planner today because I just always put things in my phone but nowadays you can’t always count on technology so this was pretty awesome to read. You gave some really good ideas && your doodle page is amazing … I get anxiety as well so that was a great tip 👍🏼 keep up the good work !!

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  5. Also a Lauren using an emerald LT for my bullet journal! I just started in July and I love it. I look forward to time to make my weekly spread, even if I don’t use it during the week like I should. My friend started a “Brunch and Bujo” where we get together once a month with journals and supplies and just sit and eat and work on our journals once a month. it’s a great way to meet people! I’m @brunchandbujo on instagram if you’re interested in following along!

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  6. I love bullet journaling so much and really enjoyed reading how you set up yours! I use a grid notebook and the setup has been a lot of fun plus a huge help for keeping things on track! I definitely need to do a birthday tracker as well as the doodle pages because those sound like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing! (:


  7. So awesome! I’ve been wanting to do a post on my bullet journal for a while now, love yours!!! I love seeing how everyone designs theirs! So fun to read xo

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  8. I am so intrigued by this bullet journal idea that everybody is doing! I write in my journal every day I find it to be so peaceful. I love this post girl. Can’t wait to read more xo

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  9. Bullet journals are always so pretty – love what you’ve done to yours! I’d love to make my own but I wouldn’t know where to start haha. Also doesn’t seem like there’s enough time in the day to do all the things I want to do as it is!


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  10. I’ve always wanted to know how to bullet journal as it looks so fun and pretty, plus it really appeals to my need for organisation. Thanks for sharing you’ve really inspired me to start using one now 😊

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    1. It takes as much time as you want it too, I mean you can make it simpler so it takes less time. But I like to use washi tape, my calligraphy pen etc. I usually do each months spread a few days before the new month starts. Yeah I mean I like mine to look a certain way so always planning. Plus it helps I love stationery haha xx

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  11. Lovely post. Your blog stats are fantastic. I was wondering if you could share if and what do you do to promote your posts. Im a newbie in social media and still learning things here and there (pinterest! Yes) 🙂 Aggie

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  12. I LOVE Bullet Journal! They are so visually appealing to me. I’m a organized freak (or try to be ). When I see others bullet journals it’s so exciting. Because for me I have terrible handwriting so I try to stick with bullet journals like digitally. (Not really the same) But it doesn’t stop me from enjoying others.

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