How I Set Up My 2018 Bullet Journal | Blogmas Day 23

How I Set Up My 2018 Bullet Journal | Blogmas Day 23

I’m going to start this with I’m not artistic. These spreads aren’t going to wow you, I just tried to make some look a little pretty haha. So if you have no idea what a bullet journal is then I’ll start there. It is a very customisable planning and organising system. It is usually used on dotted paper where you use a key to indicate certain activities, events and tasks. A basic bullet journal would include a future log, a brain dump, monthly, weekly and daily breakdowns. People have also included collections which could be ‘To read’, ‘to watch’, ‘savings tracker’ and ‘habit tracker’. It really just depends on the individuals whose journal it is. You can read more over on the official site.

I would say bullet journalling can be for anyone. If you don’t like sticking to a pre-arranged planner. Always flicking from journal to notepad. Then a bullet journal is perfect. You can keep your planner and to-dos in the same book.

bullet journal future log

I dabbled in bullet journaling a year ago but I made it too over complicated. This year I’ve decided I will keep my monthly and weekly simple, pre-drawn and ready to go. So the journal I have is Leuchtturm 1917glad I didn’t have to try and say that out loud haha. I got it in hot pink as I bloody love pink and it’s bright and colourful. So hopefully that can influence my mood when I see/use it. I use various stationery that was recommended by different bullet journal youtube accounts ~ yes this is a thing. Tombow dual brushes are used for pretty lines and shading. These pens are my go-to for writing and drawing the lines. I also use the Staedtler pens for little bits of colour. And of course, a pencil, rubber and ruler. Trust me pre-drawing everything with a pencil is necessary if you want to like the design.

Begining Layout

I opened the bullet journal with a title page, not extremely happy with it, but it’ll do. Then it moved to a double page future log. This is where I’ll be tracking key dates such as birthdays, deadlines, national holidays and more. I used a certain colour for the deadlines which correlate with their chosen colour for the rest of the journal. The next page is my timetable. This is only really necessary if you are a student. There are so many ways to display a timetable but I quite liked this one. There’s a colour key at the bottom which I’ll then fill in the time squares when I have that class using the same colour.

bullet journal timetable and goalsbullet journal savings collection


I really liked the title of my goals page. It’s not perfect but I think its pretty. So here I have broken my goals into four categories, and I’ll have a whole post on my goals next week. But there’s the main end goal and then mini steps that I need to do to achieve that goal written underneath. I kept this clear and simple which a touch of colour so it wasn’t so boring.

The next is more of my collections, a savings tracker. This is a jar, again not my idea. And every line equates to a certain amount saved until it is all full and I’ve reached my goal. (I get mine looks like it say 100,000 saved but I liked putting a K but also liked having all the 0’s haha!) I really liked this idea as it is a friendly way to remind me to keep saving. Next to this is my weight loss goal. There are certain figures on this that personally, I do not want to disclose. However, it is just boxes with each pound going down to the final end goal. You fill in the boxes as you lose the pounds.


I really like having my content planned out somewhere. And I’ve tried various ways. Online excel, a printable calendar. I do have a Dot Creates blogger planner but that’s more for brainstorming and weekly organisation. However, I wanted a month overview. So I have drawn out the next 6 months content calendars. They just have the date and day down the side and across the top a mini check off list. W=Words, P=Pictures, I=Instagram, T=Twitter, F=Facebook and S=Schedule. I was going to create a stats tracker for the year like this. But instead, I’m doing mini-boxes on each monthly overview page.

bullet journal blog contentbullet journal monthly spread

Monthly and Weekly

For this month I have done a list of the dates similar to the content. But realistically I’m going to try different layouts till I find one that works. As you can see the small stats tracker is in the corner. And I’ll fill this in at the beginning and end of the month. The weekly layout is again something I’ll be messing around with. Monday – Saturday go across the top, and this is where I’ll put my daily to-dos and any important events/meetings. Sunday is just under Saturday as the bujo isn’t long enough and I wanted to dedicate enough space to each. Underneath is a notes box for any random thoughts. An hourly sleep and study weekly tracker and a meal plan area.


Before the weekly spreads, there is a main habit tracker page. This has all the dates of the month across the top and habits down the side. These are used to see how regularly you complete these habits. They can be exercise, going to bed before 11 pm, spending, social media, cleaning, etc. Whatever you want you can put here.

bullet journal weekly spread bullet journal habit tracker

And there we have it, my bullet journal set up so far. I’m intending to do some more bullet journal posts as the months go, maybe showing my monthly spread or how I’m finding it useful. Just keep your eyes peeled for me. Alsooo, I’m currently in Winter Wonderland for the first time YAY!!! So follow my Instagram as I’m sure I’ll be story’ing it all. Also if you have bujo’d before please let me know how you find it or if you recommend doing anything different in the comments below. And check out yesterday’s post on self-help books, it’s an easy read!

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  1. 23rd December 2017 / 9:26 am

    Oh golly me this is just so pretty. I am so jealous, every time i try to make mine look this good it just never works .

  2. 23rd December 2017 / 11:26 am

    I’m jealous of how organised this is 😂 and I LOVE the savings jar you’ve done!! I’ve got a random journal that I’ve made myself which isn’t specifically for any year, just my blog in general! Think I might need to get it out now!

  3. 23rd December 2017 / 1:51 pm

    You’re saying you’re not artistic but all of these pages look absolutely gorgeous! I used to have a bullet journal about a year ago but I didn’t really keep to date with it, it’s just one of those hobbies I tried to pick up but sort of dropped in the end. They’re so fun to do though! Great for getting organised x


  4. 23rd December 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I love this girl! You’ve done such a great job woow. I have always been worried about starting my own bullet journal as I love things to be perfect. You’ve got some great ideas here lovely and you’ve made them all look pretty!

    Gemma |

  5. 24th December 2017 / 9:23 am

    This is so cute! I would love to have one of these but I’m such a perfectionist and my writing is so awful I think I’d just get super disheartened with it so quickly haha, I wish they made pre-printed ones like this! Yours is absolutely adorable and all the little drawings are lush!
    Alice Xx

  6. Anu
    24th December 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I love your bullet journal! I got one in my advent calendar as well and can’t wait to use it for blogging next year! I’m going to be getting a planner for meetings and the “important” stuff but I think bullet journal is a great way to keep track of everyhing else that you can’t really keep track of in your planner like blogging and selfcare things 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

  7. jazziepickles
    26th December 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I’m so new to this bullet journal business, I got one to try and be more organised but I just need to plan the layout and figure out exactly what I want to use it for. This post is super handy for me right now!

  8. 27th December 2017 / 6:43 pm

    ALl of your pages look look beautiful! I love how simple they are aswell. I actually managed to purchase myself a book today – not the same as yours the boxes are a look smaller! I am going to use some of your for inspiration, especially the savings! It’s something I really want to try getting better at! I really hope you manage to use this throughout the year this time😘

  9. 27th December 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Wow your journal is so pretty! I wish I was this creative, I have such scruffy handwriting and I’m not good at art at all!x

    Francesca | 🌿

  10. 2nd January 2018 / 4:54 pm

    It looks like you’re so organised! Well done, I don’t think I’d be able to do that. And your journal looks so pretty!

    Julia xx

  11. 3rd January 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Oh my this is so great ! I wanted to get into bullet journaling but I definitely do not know how to set it up like that

  12. 12th January 2018 / 9:28 am

    Your bullet journal is so pretty! Thank you for sharing this with me, you’ve inspired me to make mine good again

    Tasha x

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