Last week I shared my 2019 bullet journal setup. Today I will share my entire setup for the month of January. A monthly setup will vary from a yearly setup, often with a greater focus on daily planners and trackers. Some people like to create their weekly layouts week by week, but I created most of mine before January began.
Because I journaled for several months tracking various tasks and habits I had an idea of what pages I wanted to put in January. I’ll show you all the pages and explain a little bit about my choices.
This was where I determined the visual theme for the month. I wanted a winter landscape
I sketched then inked the image. I colored it with watercolor pencils but kind of wish I hadn’t done it on all the landscape. I could technically erase it to make it lighter, but it grew on me.
The main reason why I chose the image was
Future Log & Monthly Overview
The future log is a basic reference for the coming months. I didn’t have a plan for the lower half of the page so I used it to make notes on the layout. I like having the calendars for reference, but I am not sure how to use the other half of the page in future months.
The monthly overview is a space where I can write about some of the main happenings of the month. A bit like the milestones/projects/thanksgivings pages in the yearly set up. At
This is my monthly calendar with space for notes. The notes hold any projects or goals for the month of January as well as any tasks carried over from the future log pages in the yearly set up. I can write in particular appointments or events, which is nice. Another definite keep.
Meals & Symptoms
I really like these pages, they have made it very easy to track my diet and symptoms to see if there is any correlation. I don’t believe that I will need these the entire year, in fact, I believe I might leave them out of the February set up—even though it is a very useful
I made it easy to track the symptoms, I made little slots with icons to easily track the intensity of regularly occurring symptoms. There is also space to provide details or anything else I am experiencing.
While this has been very useful I just don’t think I will need it forever. But if you are working through dietary changes and are trying to track any allergies you might have this is an incredibly helpful spread.
Mood Tracker & Habit Tracker
Most people do a visual tracker of their mood, but I liked the words because it made me think more, and practice using words (because I’m a writer). I loved this in my other journal, but for whatever reason didn’t find it helpful in here, and found it to be one random thing to keep track of. I am planning to drop it in February. If I miss it I can bring it back. Or maybe I will do a simple visual tracker.
The habit tracker page is so useful. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did, but I really loved how it helped me keep track of certain habits. It is coming back next month with space for nine habits.
A blank spread where I can brainstorm or write out specific ideas. I like having this page, even though I have other notebooks where I plan out projects in more detail. (I go through one detailed project notebook about a year, so it doesn’t make sense to combine with my bullet journal.) Definitely coming back in February.
These pages are my favorite part of a bullet journal. Each week has a different layout, and I gave the partial weeks of January their own spreads. There is a blank box in
You will also notice the little pine icon (represented in the Monthly Index) by the week number. It’s one of my favorite details. I also changed the font to this stretched print font and I absolutely love it. My plan is to use this idea next month.
My favorite spreads? I love the layout of the vertical and boxed spreads of weeks 1 and 2. Visually though, weeks 3 and 5 are my favorites. I love the circles and the horizontal rows with the snowy landscapes. They are both so pretty and minimal. Week 4 was an experiment, and I would love to find a similar way to work the idea in future weeks, hopefully with less coloring.
I want to put in a sleep log and a writing log. I’d also like a place to plan blog posts. Other than that, I really love my spreads. My bullet journal is more of a planner and helping to organize my life and projects so I don’t have much personal stuff inside. I have another journal for recapping my day and such, so I want to keep my bullet journal entries as minimal and as helpful to my work as I can.
Do you like the theme for the month? Do you have any ideas for other themes? (I already have February’s planned!) Let me know your ideas in the comments!