The countdown has really started! With only 5 days till Christmas and 11 days till the New Year, everybody is crazy busy trying to plan and organise everything for the holidays. And don’t forget those last minute presents… oh, boy I don’t even want to go there! But even if you are incredibly busy, and caught up in the festive whirlwind, you need to set aside some time to plan and organise for 2019. It’s the best time to setup your bullet journal for the new year, and to plan January.
For January I wanted to try something different from the typical layouts that are related to winter. So, the theme I chose for this month is ‘Coffee’. I wanted to make this theme cute and fun, and I think that I managed to do that through my doodles and the little comments on them. I had so much fun creating these pages, and now I can’t wait to start using them.
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post, because there's also a video, where I'm showing you exactly how I've created each spread.
I started my setup for January with something completely different from what I’m used to do. I’ve noticed that the last single page of each month was not being used. So, I decided from now on to add my Notes page there. That way I don’t waste any pages and it’s actually easier to find it. I added my usual beige lines on the page and I also included a cute little coffee doodle with the phrase ‘But First Coffee’. That coffee cup is way too cute! 😍
The next page is the Cover Page of the month. I decided to add lots of hanging mugs and cups and I also included a cute little coffee maker at the bottom of the page. The quote I chose to add really sets the tone of the theme and puts everything together. I used my Tombow markers as watercolours for some parts of this page. You can see all the supplies I’ve used at the bottom of this post. I really like how they turned out and this is one my favourite cover pages, for sure!
The next spread is my Month at a Glance. I went back to my smaller one-page layout that I really like, but I wanted to add another cute doodle page on the left.
I decided to keep it simple and I created this cute little cup that will remind me to smile throughout the month!
Next comes my page with the Monthly Goals. As I mentioned in my 2019 Setup post, for this year I want to make sure to ignite my life and live it to the fullest. I want to intentionally create and pursue more fun moments and make sure to be happier and laugh more every single day. So, with my monthly goals I wanted to be more specific and that’s why I’ve added 4 instead of 2 categories: Me, Work, Relationships and Fun. It’s important to set the tone and your intentions from the very beginning and to program your mind according to what you want to achieve.
Like in December, my weekly tasks have moved to the page opposite and now it’s very easy to see what I need to do and allocate a specific timeframe for that task. Since I started using this method, a few months back, I have seen such a big improvement in my productivity! I finally get more things done! I also decided to use the same grid layout that I used for my monthly goals. It makes the two pages look and work better together.
I also added a tea and a coffee cup in the middle of each page respectively, in order to continue with the theme. Let me know in the comments below, do you prefer tea or coffee?
Lastly comes the first Weekly Spread of the month. I used an older layout that I used to use a lot in my 2nd bullet journal. Since I wanted to include only 6 of the 7 days of the week, this layout was perfect for that. And it conveniently has a lot of space on the right for me to plan this and the next week.
To keep up with the theme of the month, I added those cute little mugs at the bottom of the page that make everything even more adorable!
And that is the first month of 2019 planned in my bullet journal. I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas to spend with your loved ones and a Happy New Year. May 2019 be inspiring and productive year for all of us, filled with precious moments.✨