An Illustrated Guide To Setting Up January In Your Bullet Journal

An open bullet journal. On the left page is a January cover page, that has circles, diamonds and dots on the page with black and white moon washi tape at the bottom of the page. On the right page is a mood tracker, this has 31 circles that are stamped around the page with a key at the bottom right hand corner that has a happy face, a straight face, a sad face and an unsettled face. At the bottom of the page it also has black and white moon washi tape at the bottom of the page

January 2021 is here and it is a fresh year that is hopefully going to be a lot safer and happier. A new year means it is time for a new planner, a new bullet journal or even a new notebook. I love the feeling of an ultimate fresh start that a new year brings.

A new year means a new bullet journal set up, if you didn’t already know I am using an Archer and Olive dotted journal that I was kindly gifted last year as a part of National Stationery Week. If you are new to bullet journalling and not sure how to set up your 2021 journal, I have created an illustrated guide to setting up your 2021 bullet journal and I take you through step by step. 

Here are ideas that you can start using in your bullet journal for January that will not only help you become more organised but it can be a great tool to monitor your mental health.

Mood tracker

A mood tracker is what it sounds like it the ability to track your mood. This can take many different forms ranging from simply writing down your mood next ro raw date to a creative design with a key and colour. Monitoring your mood is beneficial as understanding your moods can help you manage them and improve your mood faster. Charting your mood can help you connect your feelings to what has happened that day which will help you better understand those feelings. Mood and anxiety difficulties can sometimes be defined by how long they have had the condition, so using a mood tracker can be helpful to a healthcare professional and they will have a better understanding of your situation. 

An open bullet journal. On the left page is a January cover page, that has circles, diamonds and dots on the page with black and white moon washi tape at the bottom of the page. On the right page is a mood tracker, this has 31 circles that are stamped around the page with a key at the bottom right hand corner that has a happy face, a straight face, a sad face and an unsettled face. At the bottom of the page it also has black and white moon washi tape at the bottom of the page

Blog statistics

Keeping a record of your blog statistics is a task that all bloggers should be doing regularly as it allows you know more about what is happening on your site. It will also allow you to monitor where your blog is succeeding as well as where you can be making adjustments. Recording aspects like what blog posts were the most popular can highlight to you what content your audience wants to see and you can create that content and extend on the content you have already created. Having a record of each months blog statistics can act as motivator and helps you set mini targets you would like to achieve. When you start to see the hard work pay off can then motivate you further to improve your blog. 

Habit tracker

Studies show that forming habits can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to become automatic. Habit trackers are a tool to help remind you daily of these existing or new habits. You can track these habits in a list form or in a creative table style. The notion of crossing off something on your list whether it is a habit task or a work task, it can give you a sense of achievement and productivity. Checking tasks off can invoke a feeling of motivation to achieve more on your habit or work task lists. Keeping z habit tracker is a great way to hold yourself accountable for certain actions and is a great reminder. You will feel more organised and will be more productive with your time by using a habit tracker system. Habit trackers are not only for bullet journals and you could use on in a spare notebook or paper you have. 

This is an open bullet journal, on the left side page is a blog statistics page where it has the list of the date and how many views, visitors, likes and comments I have received, it has moon and stars decorating the page and black and white moon washi tape at the bottom of the page. On the right side page is a habit tracker that is also decorated with moon and stars. It has a list of 12 habits and the days up to 31 to be able to cross off. There is also black and white moon washi tape on the right hand side of the page.

Gratitude

Gratitude is the act of being thankful and the readiness of appreciation. Showing gratitude to yourself and others can be beneficial for your mental health and your mindset. Practising gratitude helps you to feel more positive emotions which then makes you feel good and can improve your mood. You can live a much better life when you are grateful because as your improve relationships to the world, you will better your body and mind. Reflecting on what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal or just voicing them can be nourishing for your mind, body and soul. Writing down one thing you are grateful for allows you to end your day on a positive note. 

This is an open double page spread in an Archer & Olive bullet journal. On the left page is a gratitude tracker which is decorated with little stars and moon doodles. It has the list of days and a space for me to write a sentence each day about what I am grateful for. On the right side page is a quote that says "Make your dreams come true" is different fonts and all in black pen. It is decorated with stars, circles, moons, diamonds and black and white moon washi tape at the top and bottom of the page.

These pages will help you make some productive and mindful choices throughout 2021. What is one goal that you have for this year? I’d love to hear in the comments. 

 

69 thoughts on “An Illustrated Guide To Setting Up January In Your Bullet Journal

  1. I am setting up a journal in a binder. Part of my New Years resolution is to continue studying Japanese and get N5 level by the first quarter of the year. So I’m taking your page ideas and doing them all in Japanese.

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  2. I really like the sound of this journal. I usually just have one journal that I write my thoughts or what has happened that day and I do that whenever. But this journal sounds so much organised. That’s something that I’m lacking. Great post as usual!

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  3. I absolutely love your spread – it’s so gorgeous! I recently bought a dotted journal to maybe try and give bullet journalling a go so this has been great for inspiration and for ideas on what to include – thanks for sharing!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

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  4. Oh I love the tracker habit, it’s something I looked into last year but never got around to getting started, I like the way you have it laid out, simple and effective, I’m trying it out. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal on and off for a while now, this year I committed to writing gratitude every day. Great ideas, thank you xoxo

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  5. You’ll be pleased to know that I have actually set my bullet journal up for January. I feel totally ahead of the game lol

    Your journal looks absolutely gorgeous. You’ve done such a good job. I’d never really thought about how useful a mood tracker would be, particularly if you’ve been struggling x

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  6. Great little post, I love bullet journalling, I don’t have the time to be as creative as I used to be with it, so I have a normal planner now for every day and just a bullet journal/notebook for blog/social media related things. I do love a good tracker though.

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  7. Great post! Thank you for sharing these ideas as it’s very useful for me! I will definitely be including blog statistics, habit tracker and gratitude pages in my bullet journal! I love the designs of these pages!

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you found some inspiration in my guide. Thank you for reading and commenting. I have checked out your blog but unfortunately I don’t understand it as it is not in English 🙈

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  8. Love how you set up your bullet journals each month. Oooh, being able to track your blog stats is a huge plus! It is cool when you can see the result after the whole year. The gratitude tracker is a big plus – like that you kept it simple. One of the things I like doing is think about one positive thing that happened that day

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  9. I love this! Very helpful! I was looking to set up a tracker page for my blogging stats. Thank you so much for sharing these idea! I’ll definitely Utley be using some of these!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this Lauren, as you know I like to keep track of things myself, its important to have targets and goals to maintain focus and I know now more than ever, moods and tiredness in particular can affect my enthusiasm and performance. So a journal like this make perfect sense for a lot of reasons. Thanks for continuing to share these very helpful tips for us novice bloggers, its much appreciated dated, take care

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  11. I love this! I don’t have a bullet journal as I’m one of those fussy people who can’t stand their own handwriting, but I do use a lot of these tips. I have a gratitude journal that I write in every morning and evening and it’s made a HUGE difference to how I feel daily. I also like to track my habits but I haven’t made mine look as pretty as yours does! A mood tracker sounds like a good idea, I need to incorporate that into my journaling!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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