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Preparing my new bullet journal for January 2021 + Leuchtturm 1917 Review!

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

Preparing my new bullet journal for January 2021 + Leuchtturm 1917 Review! - By Felicia

Hi everyone! 2020 is finally coming to an end. 2021 is on its way! As a Christmas present, I received a new bullet journal. It’s called the Leuchtturm 1917. This notebook company makes the finest, best-quality bullet journals ever! This is what the cover looks like:

This notebook is very minimalistic. The one I have is magenta. It comes with a strap, as well as two bookmarks hanging on the bottom. At the back, there is a pocket to hold stickers and important documents. I love the simple but elegant cover. However, I feel it’s a bit too simple.

Here, you can see my 2021 cover page. I know that my lines aren’t perfectly curved, but it’s okay. I used Google colors to color the four digits of 2021: red for 2, yellow for 0, green for the other 2, and blue for 1. I feel that the red turned out more pink, though. Anyways, I don’t mind so much, because it adds character.

The Leuchtturm 1917 comes with a pre-made table of contents, where I can fill in the topic and the pages. In the table of contents, you can see the elements of my bullet journal: the legend, my vision board, my bucket list, and my 2021 planner. There are two things that I didn’t put in the table of contents, and those are my January spreads.

Here’s my legend. You can see here that I attempted a minimalistic look. I made a blocky, large title spelling LEGEND. Underneath, I separated my keys into three categories: tasks, events, and symbols. For the tasks and events, I chose squares for tasks and circles for events. Then, I have basic overlapping symbols that apply to both, such as checkmarks for completion and arrows for migration.

For this bullet journal, I decided to add a spread that I’ve never done before: a vision board. Underneath, I added some instructions. They say to add some media to create a vision for 2021. This page is followed by one more blank page, so, over the months, I can add photos, quotes, and goals that represent 2021.

Now this is something new. This bucket list is for the whole year. Here, I’ll fill out the places around the world I want to go to, plus the fun projects I want to do. The yummy stuff I plan to eat (poutine!) and the items I want to buy. The crafts I want to make, and the books I want to read! Basically, it’s a gigantic list of things I want to do for 2021. If I were you, I’d make one right away!

Now here’s something. I literally wrote out an entire calendar for my bullet journal! How’s that? It’s just so I can see 2021 at a glance. All 365 days, spread out over 2 pages.

Here’s a cute January monthly spread that I made! I was rushing while I made it, so it’s not the best. On the other hand, there are four detailed sections on the page: the day-by-day month calendar, the “important things” box on the top, the “of note” section on the right, and a quote on the bottom. They combine to make a spectacular spread!

This has the same color combination as the previous slide, if not brighter, but it has a totally different vibe. The previous one shouts creativity while this one screams GET TO WORK! It has four rows. The first one is the focus row. Here, I’ll write the focus for January. Then, there’s the top priorities row, where I will write my three top priorities for the month. Next, there’s the large tasks row, where I’ll record my tasks. Finally, there’s the goals row, which is separated into three parts: school goals, personal goals, and work goals.

Next to the January overview, I put a pretty much blank page, titled Notes and Scribbles. I did a bit of scribbling with my highlighters here.

My final spread is this weekly one, from December 28 to January 3. Here, I separated the left side into seven rows, one for each day. On the right side, I put one row for tasks, one row for my blog (CookyLela News), and one for next week’s plans.

In my Bullet Journal, I used:

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