My 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up

It’s like I can feel the irritation radiating out of you. The boredom, the disinterest, the urge to roll your eyes and just go “for Gods sakes, Mia – this again?”

I know, I know – how much longer can I keep on about New Year and adding “2018” into my titles? Well, you bastards, here’s a spoiler alert:

I’m going to be writing 2018 into my titles until the last fucking day of 2018 when I’ll write a round up of 2018.

Okay, fine, I’m kidding – most of these posts will be over by the end of January. I’m on a New Year productivity binge and it’s helping me to get so much done that I thought a. I could post about things I’m doing and nail two birds with one stone (which is actually a horrifying phrase when you think about it) and b. some of these things might help you. See, I’m trying to help and this is how you treat me.

Hi guys! Today, we’re going to be taking a peek at my 2018 bullet journal.

If you’ve so much as passed me on the street, you know I love bullet journalling. It’s basically stamped on me. A cold, dead look in my eye that screams “I need to brush up on my hand lettering”; hair a frizzy mess from where my hands have frantically clutched it in panic as I desperately search my soul for weekly layout inspiration. Oh, we could turn to Pinterest – but that would be cheating.

Okay, so maybe you wouldn’t know if you passed me on the street. But if you’ve read my blog, you’ve seen my bullet journal numerous times. In fact, you’re probably sick of it. Well, I’m back and talking about it . . . again. I know – your opinion feels so heard.

As my fellow bu-jo lovers will know, you tend to start a new bullet journal at the beginning of the new year. This will then act like a planner, sketchbook, diary and keepsake. (And fantastic blog post inspiration.) (And Instagram fodder.) However, the whole point of bullet journals is that you do everything yourself. You have to set up everything; it’s not only time-consuming, but also kind of daunting – can you accurately predict what you’re going to need in October?

Now, I already have an incredibly detailed post on How To Set Up A Bullet Journal & What A Bullet Journal Actually Is (hint: the answer is a cult) up that I’d love for you to take a look at if you don’t know what a bullet journal is, or if you want help setting yours up. But I’m not going to waste your precious time re-explaining something most of you already know. Instead, this post is about how I’ve set my bu-jo up for 2018 and the spreads I’ve include . . . as inspiration.

And how have I presented said information? As a video. Watch it. It’s only like two minutes.

For those of you that are wondering, no future posts are not all going to be video based.

I know the last two have been (and there were videos in the last four! The horror!) but those were anomalies and slight-overexcitement on my part . . . mainly as I recieved a photography light for Christmas and I’ve been really excited to test it out. But no, it’s not the norm – so if you aren’t a massive fan of videos, don’t feel too bad about it. I mean, sure, you’re crushing my dreams of Youtube earnings because adsense on websites is pennies now and video is where the money is but you just go on about your selfish life.

I’m not going to walkthrough my journal with you again, because . . . well, it’s all in the two minute long video that you totally watched. But I will talk about my two new motivational spreads that I think could pad out my wordcount so I don’t lose my blogger badge totally help you guys get and stay motivated throughout the year.

These pages embody a principle that I really strongly believe in:

You see your life day to day . . . where any changes are unnoticeable and insignificant. But if you look at the bigger picture, doing something once a week (like running) for the entire year still means you did it 52 times more than you would have otherwise.

Right? I mean, you can feel like you had a bad year because while everyone else is sharing their amazing experiences, you can’t think of any. Or you had one big bad thing happen that’s cast a shadow over your memory. But you forget all those small days that you felt really content and happy with your life. Those are still good days – arguably those are some of the best kind of days.

So I just wanted to include these two ‘lil spreads to help me keep track of how happy I am (because . . . I feel happy. I feel like this is going to be a good year. Plus, I’d love to look back at my Good Day Solar System and see it full!) and how much progress I’ve made towards a goal (to actually go running) I’ve made.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do I have any fellow bullet journallers here? What do you think of my spreads? Are there any that you’d include? Did you enjoy the video? And what do you guys think of my motivational spreads – good ideas? What would you track? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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60 thoughts on “My 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up”

  1. We are finishing off a rooster year. Going into a dog year. Will generally speaking have been a harder year for roosters. The Aquarius new moon on February 16th will be the start of new fortunes 🐰

      1. Ahh fair enough – I actually had a similar problem with using my bullet journal for things like work or blogging, so I have a planner for more structured things like that, but day to day doodles or habit tracking I use my bu-jo for πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Ahahahahah girl that intro was hilarious. Ooh I love the solar and running pages! Hmm… if I find a bullet journal in Michaels, it’ll possibly go home with me – thanks for inspiration πŸ˜‚ During the video, it took me a while to realize that the skype remix was your background music and not my skype ringing πŸ˜‚ Loved this post.

      By the way, do bullet journals come empty or do they have templates?

      1. Aha thank you! πŸ˜€ Definitely do try it, bullet journalling is super fun! Sorry about that xD I had the EXACT same thing when I heard it for the first time and was like….must use this music and trick others πŸ˜‰ Bullet journals come empty but you can buy ones with templates in em if you want a guided one πŸ™‚ x

          1. Oh sorry, I thought you meant with like things predrawn for you xD you can totally get lined or squared journals to make spacing easier! I personally use the dot grid ones because the dots help me keep everything neat and in line, but are pretty light so they don’t take over the page πŸ™‚

        1. I love the aesthetic of your bullet journal! I feel like adding in your YouTube video really helped us grasp how much hard work you put into your journal. I appreciate you sharing it with us, and can’t wait to see where your bullet journal takes you! I really want to see more bujo posts!

        2. I really love your setup! This is so inspiring as a newbie to the bullet journal cult haha πŸ™‚ The running forest and stars pages are also really cute, love those. Thanks for sharing!

        3. I honestly really want to start bullet journaling, and I have to admit, I was mainly inspired by your posts about it! It’s so inspiring lol. It feels like a way to plan and keep track of so many things, and just be original with it. I think I’m going to go order one and start fresh when it gets here. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ’œ

        4. I really enjoyed you post! love your writing style .Im guessing its because of the New year I’m seeing more posts about the bullet journaling and I’m finding myself wanting to start one more and more. I really like your layouts and hand lettering oh and I like the tracking you happiness idea thats awesome.

        5. Leuchtern’s are so bloody expensive over here so I use a $4 from a general store, and swear to god, I bought five more after my first few months of bullet journaling because I am that obsessed. I loved watching that video, so much inspiration xx

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        7. Awesome job! So glad to see I wasn’t the ONLY one obsessing about/ posting about/ rambling on about setting up my new bullet journal. πŸ™‚

        8. I’m not sure if I will get back into bullet journalling just yet (I stopped since late October I think)…it is actually really time-consuming! But I do like the way that you’ve decorated your pages. Leuchtturm journals are the best!

        9. You’re so organized!
          I think a happiness gauge / monitor is a totally useful thing.
          I’ve been hearing a lot about bullet journalling and it seems like a lot of work… πŸ˜›

        10. I love this! I have been so interested in creating a bullet journal but I have been so busy, I haven’t given myself time to look into how to do one. I love this because you are giving me a quick way to understand the importance of creating one and how it can contribute to my well-being! Now…time to fit it into my planner…that I haven’t made time for yet..sounds like a pattern. lol Have a lovely day! Blessings! Xoxo

        11. i would love to start a bullet journal, but idk if i’ll be able to keep up with it lol, i mean, it looks like you have to plan ahead several weeks in advance. and how do you find the time?! lol

        12. I love looking at every ones bullet journals! looks so creative and pretty. I’ve been meaning to start one for ages! But now we’re on the 17th of Jan and do you think I’ve even bought a journal- nopeπŸ™ƒ love your set up!

        13. Oh my gosh I love you and have had serious withdrawals ( 1) not to sound creepy, but that kinda sounds creepy and two, withdrawals on my part because my offing computer crashed…) also love your bullet journals and also write 2018 to your hearts content, I for one am just impressed you can write 2018 and have not written 2017…Not that I have done that or anything… <3

        14. you’ve inspired me no end here! been wanting to create one journal where I can just encompass everything in that I love but just didn’t know how! i’m always scrapping notes here and there…so thank you, your posts are wonderful! xx

        15. Oh I love this post! I’m thinking of starting my own bullet journal. Would be a great thing to work on my creativity and to review and collect thoughts that I’ll have during the year. Really great post! xx

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