It’s finally here: my 2021 bullet journal setup. After going through a year like 2020, I’m approaching my bullet journal a bit differently this time around. Instead of daily to-dos, for example, I’m focusing on weekly projects. Instead of coming up with new year’s resolutions, I’m sticking to hopes and goals. I’m also going to do something I’ve never done before: I’m going to write a letter to myself, tuck it away in my bullet journal, then not open it again until December 31, 2021. That way, I’ll see where my mindset was a year ago and how much (or how little) things have changed.
This is a special setup this time because I filmed it! It’s not much, but since I don’t share my weekly spreads online (they are far too personal, and I would have to blur almost everything out), I realized this is one of the few times I can share my setup with you before I fill it in. Fun fact: the only other time I shared a freshly laid-out setup was for October 2020!
Read on for a little more information about my Collection pages and the thoughts behind them. And don’t forget to check out my 2021 bullet journal setup video on IG TV!
Index. Pretty self-explanatory! I love having a place to log all my important pages, so I can easily find them later.
2021 Title Page. Just a short illustration/collage page with the year. I love starting a journal with this page.
Key. A little reminder for me about the different symbols I use and what they’re for. I don’t really reference this too much since I’ve had a bullet journal for over 2 years now, but it’s still nice to lay out.
Year at a Glance. A place for me to reference when scheduling or writing out calendars later on.
Future Log. Where I schedule important dates in advance, as well as keep track of my monthly social media stats. Since I tend to fill up a journal after 6 months, I only went to June. I’ll get another journal for July – December.
2021 Hopes and Goals. Instead of resolutions, I decided to list five hopes and goals for four different areas of my life: Personal, Career & Business, Writing & Hobbies, Finances. Once I complete a goal, I’ll fill in a box and watch this bar rise.
30 Things I Learned at 30. Since I’m turning 30 in March, I wanted a place to reflect on 30 things I learned over the years. I had a 30 Before 30 bucket list in my last journal, but Covid-19 pretty much ruined that for me!
Daily Self-Care. Sometimes I need a little reminder of the things I like to do when I need to unwind. I’m going to list all those things here and refer to this page when I need a little “me” time.
Monthly Bills. A place for me to list my monthly recurring bills (yes, including Netflix, Hulu, etc.) so I can keep track of my budget.
Chores. Is it extremely geeky that I love this page? Here I will list all the chores and cleaning I need to do daily, weekly, and monthly. When it’s cleaning day, I like to reference this page to also see when I last did something (like the last time I cleaned the tub, which is never often enough…).
Wishlist & Packages. Last year, I ran out of space on my Packages page—probably because I did a lot more shopping than I should have. So, this time, I gave myself a page and a half, and added a wishlist to the top.
NOTE: Last year, I only gave my passion pages half a page each of space, and there simply wasn’t enough room (thanks, quarantine!). This time, I’m giving them all one page each. I’m also creating a separate Passion Journal, where I will go more in-depth with my favorites, but that’s a post for another day. This one will just be a condensed, at-a-glance version to keep track of the content I consume.
Video Games I’m Playing. All the games I’m playing, when their release date is, and how much (or little) I enjoyed it.
Books I’m Reading. All the books I’m reading, the author, and then my thoughts/rating.
Movies to Check Out. All the movies I want to watch, when their release date is, and if I liked them or not.
TV Shows I’m Watching. All the TV shows I’m watching, how many seasons I’ve completed, and my overall feeling about it.
The Finishing Touches
Social Media Year @ A Glance. This year, I really wanted to focus on my overall social media goals, as well as voice, ideas, and best practices. I’ve had to do one too many detoxes this year, so I’m going to refer to this page whenever I feel things are getting too overwhelming.
Time Capsule Page. Here, I taped a small envelope and will write a letter to my future self that I won’t open again until next New Year’s Eve. I’m just curious to see how my mindset will change (or not!) over time.
Quote Page. Finally, I ended this series of collection pages with a quote by Alex Elle, brilliantly reminding me to slow down and trust the process.
What does your 2021 bullet journal setup look like? Are you going to incorporate any of these collection pages into your bullet journal? I’d love to know!
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Megan Portorreal is a professional writer, editor, and creative in the New York City area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, writing about her life, and playing video games.