2018-2019 Bullet Journal Set Up

It’s almost the start of a new school year, which for me means a new bullet journal. I start each new journal before school starts so it lasts the entire school year. I got a new Leuchtturm1917 notebook with dotted paper in the medium size. I had the same notebook for my last journal, in navy blue, but this time I found it in a copper colour.


I used my last journal from August 2017 to July 2018. I had a few blank pages left at the end of the book, so I used them for planning for my new one. I was quite happy about how the journal held up over a year of bouncing around in my bag. The binding was still strong, the cover was still intact, and other than it being a bit scuffed up, it was in just as good a shape as when I got it.


Comparing the new journal to the old one, it’s not as thick as the old book, because some of the pages were wrinkled from using a lot of water when I was painting in my journal. You can see along the corners of the old notebook where it was scuffed, but it held up pretty well. Even though it is a little bit on the expensive side when it comes to notebooks, the fact that it lasted an entire year, and would have lasted longer had there been more pages, makes it worth it in my opinion.

The first thing I did when I got the new notebook was move all the things like planner stickers that were in the pocket of my old journal, into my new one. I also took one page out of the back of the notebook, folded it up, and put it in the pocket. I use this if I ever make mistakes when making spreads and want to cover it up. Using the same paper as the rest of the page makes the mistake harder to notice.


I also stuck some sticky notes into the front cover of the journal. This is for if I ever run out of room to write in my weekly spread. I can just put a sticky note on top of the day I need it for and keep on writing.


Once I had all of that finished, I started making the first page – my key. The key I use is a little bit different from the original bullet journal key. I found that the scheduling and migrating symbols were hard to keep straight in my head, so I replaced them with one symbol – the Moved symbol. This just meant that the task or event was moved to a different day, regardless of when. My key is mostly the same as the original bullet journal key, but I’ve fiddled with it a bit to suit my needs.


The next step was to create a year-at-a-glance or future log spread. I wrote out a small calendar for each month, leaving a space next to each to write important dates, such as birthdays or other special events.


After that, I decided to try something new. I knew that traditional mood trackers weren’t working for me (I kept forgetting to fill them out!) but I liked the idea, so I thought that changing it up a bit might inspire me to keep up with my tracker. I decided to try a year in pixels spread. This is like a mood tracker, but it lasts the whole year. And, of course, I added an inspirational quote.


I had also discovered that gratitude logs weren’t working, but I really liked the idea, so I created my own twist on a gratitude log – the Things I Love page. This is a page where I can write anything I love, from family to favourite foods. It doesn’t have a schedule like a gratitude log, so I won’t feel guilty if I don’t add anything to it one day. The page is just a place to put anything I love or feel thankful for, and I can look back once it’s full to see everything wonderful in life. 🙂


The final part of my set up for this bullet journal was a page to write my schedule for school, so I always have it handy. I just created a simple chart, half for first semester, half for second semester, and added all the times of my classes.


As I added pages to my journal I added them into my index. The Leuchtturm1917 journals come with tables of contents that you can fill in yourself, saving you the step of making a page for it.

That pretty much wraps it up for my 2018-2019 bullet journal set up. I hope you enjoyed seeing my ideas, and maybe even found inspiration from them! Have a fabulous day, and I’ll see you all next time!



5 thoughts on “2018-2019 Bullet Journal Set Up

  1. isabellahume says:

    You have way more patience that I do. I always seem to start a bullet journal, get so far in, and then lose track! It always feels such a mess to pick it up like seven weeks after I’ve dropped it, so I become disheartened with it!


    • Emily Lilley says:

      Maybe if you’re having trouble keeping up with a bullet journal, you could try some new ideas for spreads. I have found that certain spreads don’t work for me so I switched them out. Also, maybe if you try some super minimal spreads it’ll be easier to keep track of.

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      • isabellahume says:

        I think it’s that I also keep a journal, and have done since I was 13, so it kind of feels like double the effort. I don’t use my journal/diary for any kind of planning though, but I just seem to struggle with having two!


        • Emily Lilley says:

          You can always use your bullet journal for planning and journaling. I personally don’t use it for journalling, but I’ve seen other people do it. If you’re really interested in having a bullet journal, there are always ways to make it work.


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