2021 bullet journal setup

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!

Introduction Pages

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.

Personal Pages

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.

Passion Pages

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!


  1. I love how you stick so many cute things in your bullet journal! I feel like I should do that a lot more in my 2021 bujo. Something I started doing at the end of 2020 is to create weekly spreads where one side of the page is a weekly to do list, and the other side is for events and things to do specifically on a certain day. I found it to be a lot less repetitive, then writing the same things over and over again. It’s been a lot more productive for me! I love some of the spreads you did, and I might create my own lessons before 30 and video games played pages. Great post Maya xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    1. Thank you! I’m not that great at drawing, so I tend to use stickers and sticky notes to give it a little more color and depth. I highly recommend it! There are plenty of affordable stickers on Etsy for non-illustrators like me, haha.

      That’s a great idea for your weekly spreads! I do a similar thing. It just helps to think in terms of weekly goals instead of daily goals for me at this point. Then I tackle whatever I can in a day, or push to the next week if it isn’t as urgent.

      Thanks for your kind words!

  2. Your organization skills along with the aesthetic makes me want to cry of joy! Each time you post a glimpse of your bullet journal, it makes me feel like I can do it! I am obsessed with these entries. I guess I’ve always wanted to do it, but it always feels like it would be so time consuming. The simplicity and style of your bujo’s make it seem possible :’)

    I swear I will get a bullet journal this year and will call you each time I am seeking advice or tips! Do you happen to have one for your writing at all? If you do, you should definitely share those spreads because I’m looking for writing bullet journal inspiration and your spreads are the only ones that I aspire towards because of their functionality!

    I love the combination of making it personal and an organization system as well! It’s just such a good way to reflect on how your year went in terms of productivity, but also life-wise! If you are willing to share the 30 under 30 list / reflection once you do it, that’s something I’m so keen on reading! I think our 20’s are such chaos and filled with constant change and upheaval. One of my favourite things to read is what people look back on and reminisce or learned in that decade of their life. There’s so much pressure to find the right relationship, have your career set up, have this extensive social life, etc. and it’s so easy to get caught up in.

    Looking forward to more bujo entries because yours are my favourite!!

    1. Oh, trust me, I was INCREDIBLY discouraging from bullet journaling for a while because of everyone’s lavish journals on Instagram. People who are artists, painters, illustrators, collagists–it was just a LOT and I was nowhere near their level of talent. I tried to be “artistic” about it in the beginning and failed so terribly that I was afraid to share any of it online. Now, I’ve accepted the fact that my bullet journal will not look like the most popular journals, but that’s okay because at the end of the day, your journal is for *you* and no one else. I think I’ve managed to make up for it though in the form of stickers, sticky notes, and brush pens.

      I actually incorporate long-form journaling into my bullet journal, and you can see an example of that here: https://meganportorreal.com/2020/10/01/my-minimal-bullet-journal-setup/

      Sometimes my journal entries go on for two pages or more, but that’s fine cuz I just keep writing and take all the space I need! My task list usually goes at the start because I set those up the night before or first thing in the morning, then I write freely as the day goes on.

      And oh yes, I will definitely be sharing the 30 @ 30 list as my birthday post in March 😉 I’ve been reflecting a lot lately so there’s definitely a LOT to say!!

    1. Thank you for the kind words! I haven’t done that “letter to yourself” before and after a year like 2020, it seemed like the perfect idea. Haha Best of luck setting up your new bullet journal!

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