2021 Bullet Journal Setup

2021 has arrived! That means it’s time to look at some new themes, goals and ideas for my Bullet Journal. While there seems to be a mentality that a new year means a new journal is required, I think that a large part of the beauty of a Bullet Journal is that it is not constrained to things like calendar years. You make of it what you will. With my 2021 Bullet Journal setup then, I am going to show you how easy it is to flow from one year to the next without wasting precious paper.

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New Year, Same Journal

2021 Bullet Journal Setup Cover
2021 Basic Setup

As you can see, I’ve decided to be just a little bit colourful for my 2021 theme! This spread directly follows my 202o summary page, which I showed in my last post. I’ve not done a distinctive yearly theme before, but I thought it would be a great way to distinguish the new year without moving to my next journal.

I will be moving to my next journal for March, so setting a yearly theme will allow me to smoothly transition to my setup spreads for my new journal which I briefly showed earlier in the year.

This bright and cheerful this geometric theme sets me up for a hopeful 2021. I used my new Galaxy Palette Tombow Dual Brush Pens (AF) and I think it looks amazing. As I did a two-year future log at the start of this journal, there wasn’t a need to include one here, so I kept my 2021 setup pages very simple, with just some basic stats, themes and goals for the couple of months that are going to fit into this journal. As you can see, I’ve also included a slight spoiler of my January theme! Keep reading to check it out!

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January 2021 Bullet Journal Setup

As my 2021 Bullet Journal Setup is minimal, I’ve decided to also include my January setup in this post. Like my 2021 theme, this one is also heavily based on the Galaxy Tombow set, as well as some fun geometrics.

January 2021 Cover Page

January 2021 Bullet Journal Cover

I love geometric patterns. Aesthetically I’ve always enjoyed straight lines and clear-cut patterns, and they have the advantage of being easy to draw!

This cover page borrows the border motif of this journal’s cover page, which is resplendent in green and gold. I’ve also returned to a very simple colour palette for January. Sticking with two colours always makes my decisions when drawing up each week so much easier.

Maintaining a Bullet Journal is a balance of practicality and visuals for me. Too far one way or the other and it’s either boring or too much effort. Having simple rules to keep me on track is a great way to manage this.

January 2021 Monthly Log

January 2021 Bullet Journal Monthly

For my monthly log, I have stuck to my pink and grey colour choices and carried over the border motif.

This setup does not leave much spare space, but if I decide on set goals for January there’s plenty of room for them on the cover page! This being said, my goal progress over the last few months hasn’t been great, so I may take away that pressure for a month or two!

I love how easy it can be to set up and effective monthly theme that flows easily throughout the month, and I really think I’ve hit a winner this January.

January 2021 Mood & Habit Trackers

January 2021 Bullet Journal Mood and Habits

My now-familiar border motif is back in my mood tracker, but this time it’s waiting for colour. One of the most notable changes I made in my current Bullet Journal is monthly rather than yearly mood tracking.

With a monthly mood tracker, I actually remember to fill it in (mostly) so it’s a much better tool for me than the Year in Pixels.

I’ve kept my daily habits down to the five I had for December. January is very much a holiday month in Australia, so trying to cut down on things is difficult and taking up fitness pursuits in mid-summer is definitely not the best idea!

January 2021 Sleep Tracker & Blog Goals

January 2021 Bullet Journal Sleep and Blog

As you can see from the stats below, December was not a great month on the blog for me. This is because I tried to stay with the same schedule I had when I was job hunting when I started full-time work, It got to be too much.

For the New Year, I’m dropping making Pins. While I know everybody raves about Pinterest as a great traffic source, I’m just not getting it, and I have been spending way too much time creating fresh pins that nobody sees.

I may have a play around with Tailwind and reusing old pins, but otherwise, I’m going to focus on other areas, including creating a more manageable posting schedule!

NovemberDecemberJanuary Goals
Blog Views578300330
Blog Visitors325188200
Email Subscribers172224
Pin Impressions380413941300
Pin Audience2085972900
Pin Clicks1622
Twitter Followers797885
Facebook Page Likes121213

Week 1 of 2021

Week 1 2021 Bullet Journal Spread

As week 1 of 2021 started in 2020, I decided to split it. You saw the first half in my last post, now you can see the second.

I wanted to keep this really simple, as it only covers three days, and really enjoyed creating the geometric feature to fill in the spare page. Luckily I’ve counted the pages I have left in this journal, so I know I can still fit in all of January and February!

While this isn’t the most space-efficient spread, I really enjoy the clean spaces, especially in contrast to my strong theme colours.

That’s it from me today! I’ve really enjoyed sharing my 2021 Bullet Journal setup with you all, and I hope you’ve enjoyed getting yourself organised for the New Year. Thank you for reading, and if you liked my spreads, be sure to leave me a like or comment- or even share this post with your journaling friends! May 2021 bring you joy and laughter xx

32 thoughts on “2021 Bullet Journal Setup”

  1. I love how colourful you’ve created it. I really enjoy seeing how people have designed their bullet journal pages and what trackers they include.

    1. Thanks ☺️ I thought going colourful was a good idea this year! It is always interesting to see what habits different people track- you feel like you get to know them a little!

  2. lynnmumbingmejia

    This is so fun! I love the sleep log portion. My sleep varies every night and I’m curious to see what would happen if I paid more attention to it haha! I’ll add this into my journal too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad you like the sleep tracker! It’s the one thing I kinda skip over in my monthly setups because it never changes! But why change what’s broke 😉 all the best with your journaling☺️

  3. Hannah Louise Blog

    I love how colourful this is! I’ve just started a bullet journal for my blog this year so im looking forward to using some of this for inspo!

    1. Thanks ☺️ it looks great but it was simple to do- just some washi and bright colours ☺️ good luck with a bujo!

  4. It looks brilliant! I love how colourful it is, just what we need in January. I have been setting mine up but it is no-where near as good as yours x x

    1. Thank you ☺️ and I’m sure yours looks great; I love that everyone comes up with something different! Xx

    1. Glad you like it! And yeah, it’s a toned down version compared to the daily tally I once tried but it works well and stops me focusing too much on numbers! ☺️

  5. This looks so great! I love all the colors and your monthly layouts look so good. I used to bullet journal and miss it!

  6. Kayleigh Zara

    I love how colourful your design is and I really like the design of your habit tracker x

    1. Glad you liked it so much! I’ve tried various online planner systems, but I spend so much time looking at screens part of what I love about paper bullet journals is that they provide me with some screen-free time!

  7. I love your abstract colorful page! It is so nice to some variety in the style of bullet journaling people do and the ways they utilize the pages.

    Best of luck with your monthly ambitions; Pinterest is not doing wonders for me either but I keep it around. 🙂

    1. I wanted to welcome 2021 in a colourful way and I think I’ve succeeded! Seeing the different ways people use and decorate their Bullet Journals is always so satisfying!
      Glad to know I’m not the only one struggling on Pinterest- it seems to have gone weird lately!

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