Join us in getting our 2021 bullet journal all set up and ready for success. Let's start off with the Future Log, which is an extended view of the year where you can write down future important events, birthdays, holidays, appointments, deadlines, etc.
1. Divide Your Page
Divide your page horizontally or vertically (your choice)into three equal sections. I prefer a horizontal layout and only make my future logs 6 months in advance. You do you.
The Rows and Columns Tracing Card makes dividing your bullet journal pages into super easy.
2. Create your Mini Calendars
Decide if you would like to have a Sunday or a Monday start. Label the month and the days of the week. Figure out which day of the week the 1st falls on. Continue down that column with 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (except February when it is not a leap year.)
I used the Mini Calendar Stencil in the 4 Piece Essential Set and Distress Inks to add color under the month name, days and numbers.
Next write the final numbers for the month - the 30 and 31. I find that writing the dates in this way creates the fewest mistakes. Finally, fill in the remaining dates.
3. Log Important Dates
Log birthdays, deadlines, appointments, holidays, etc to be referenced when you make your monthly layouts. All of your necessary information all in one place. Feels good, doesn't it?
Ready to get going on your 2021 bullet journal set up? Before you start, maybe take a look back. These three simple tips will help you make the best of your 2021 bujo.
1. What worked?
Look back through your 2020 bullet journal and take a look at the layouts that worked for you. Make a note of the layouts with lots of scribbles and check marks. The most used layouts are usually the messiest ones. Did you live in your weeklies? Are those dailies where you nailed your time blocking? Did your tracker keep you honest with yourself? Whatever worked in the past will most likely work in the future, so plan to do that again.
2. What didn't work?
Now flip through those 2020 pages again. Which spreads did you use? Did you set up that "Books to Read" layout and never use it? Did you consistently fill out that tracker or did it stress you out and you left it blank? Nix all of those layouts that you didn't use, the ones that made you feel bad, the ones that felt like a chore with little return and move forward. No guilt.
3. Try something new
If you are Productive Patricia or Artsy Ann or someone in between, attempt something new in your 2021 bujo. Life is ever evolving and sometimes a different layout will work for you when it didn't before. Bullet journaling can be a great productivity tool and a creative outlet. Navigating the continuum is a bit like pushing the gas and then pumping the breaks. You'll never know until you try.
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