Bullet Journal Setup: January 2017

Bullet Journal January Setup 2017

It’s freezing cold here and Sylvester is coming! It’s been a few busy weeks with a lot of work to do and assignments to finish. I finally have two weeks off. High time for the January’s 2017 Bullet Journal setup!

December Review

Just like every month I like to review the previous setup before I start with the next one. So before we get to the January setup, I want to talk about the things I experienced during December. December was the fourth time that I used the blocked style monthly with different sections. I however changed the weeklies last month. I removed the blocks on the left page and kept the weeklies rather simple with just the time trackers.

I have noticed that I didn’t used the blocks with room for notes at my weekly spread. I decided that I should remove them and so far it’s been a good choice. I didn’t use them anyways and now the weekly is only one page instead of two. The monthly spread is still a perfect one for me and I didn’t change anything about it.

Bullet Journal Setup January 2017

Bullet Journal Setup January 2017

January is coming and it’s a fresh start of the year. It’s also one of the coldest months in the year. We didn’t had a white Christmas, but I’m still hoping for a little cold, so I can ice skate again. I decided to make this month’s theme a very cold one: Winter!

This month I have spend a little bit more time on doodling then last month and I think the drawings have turned out great! I have used Staedtler Pigment Liners to draw. I have used a 0.3 and a 0.2mm tip. For the colors I have used a Tombow Dual Brush Pen, specifically the 491, and Zebra Mildliners. I have continued to write with the Lamy Vista Fountain Pen and I love it!

If I think of cold and winter, I also think of the movie ‘Frozen‘. So I have chosen my favorite character of this movie as a welcome to January 2017: Olaf!

Hello January 2017 with Olaf from Frozen

Monthly Spread

I’m still using the same layout as last two months. The only thing I changed is the ordering of the sections, but it’s a minor thing. The different sections and overview is still the same. I have added some wintery doodles and of course the mascotte of this month: Olaf. The drawings are colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the Zebra Mildliners. I think it turned out really great!

Monthly Spread January 2017

How does the monthly spread work?

I made quite a few modifications to the original Bullet Journal layout. The original monthly didn’t gave me the overview I needed, so I separated the pages in different sections. This gives me a great overview of all the different tasks and events I have. The first section is for my personal life. Here are the tasks and appointments written down for my personal life. I also added the birthdays of friends and family in my personal box.

The next section is for work. I have a part-time job at the local supermarket and I work quite a lot these days! For me it’s nice to track the days I have to work.

The third section is for my college hours. In this section I write down the hours I’m at the university. The days that I’m free from the uni, I’m working on my assignments. I have an internship every Thursday and Friday. I don’t write these days down in my monthly spread because it’s an habit and doesn’t change until the end of this college year.

At the bottom of the pages I made two sections for my blog and personal goals. I like to have a few goals to achieve every month. For example: I have a very busy life and I really like to read, but sometimes there’s just no reading-time. By writing down that goal I know that I don’t want to delay my reading time. For me it’s a reminder to give myself some me-time.

The ‘Next Month’ spread is the last section I added to this monthly spread. I write down all the important appointments for next month in this section, like birthdays!

Weekly Spread

I started my January setup with a monthly spread and four weeklies in a row. Four weeklies because January has four (full) weeks. Normally I would use different colors for different tasks, but I decided to do it a little bit different this month. I am going to only use the icy blue color to fit the theme. By writing down what the specific tasks in the colored block, I still know what it represents. In the picture below you can see my vertical time trackers with a little room for notes at the top. Can you spot the small mistake I made writing the dates?

Weekly Spread January 2017
Do you want to try this weekly spread but don’t want to draw them yourself? Go to my Etsy shop to find several printable and sticker versions of my weekly spreads.

How does it work?

Weekly Time Tracker

The time trackers in my weekly spread give me a great overview! I combined a weekly overview with the same time trackers I also use in my daily spreads. There is a time tracker and tasks list for every day of the week. Above the time tracker is space for important tasks I have to do that day. I know what’s coming, I can see what I have to do and I can see when I have the time to work on my smaller tasks or school assignments. This month I’m going to color the time trackers with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen, so it will be a better fit with the theme. In the picture below you can see the filled time tracker of December.

Weekly Spread: Week 1 December

Daily Planning

The dailies are nice spreads that keeps me updated about my life. I use my dailies for small tasks and some notes that have to do with my study.
I decide on a daily basis where I’m going to work on. Sometimes life comes around and I don’t have time to do any task! Want to know more about my daily setup or time tracker? Take a look at this blogpost.

Daily Spreads December 2016
You can also find my daily spreads in my Etsy shop!

Used Supplies in this Setup

So that’s my Bullet Journal setup for January 2017. This setup has not let me down and only minor modifications were needed to make it a little bit better!

What is January looking like for you? I’d love to hear what you think, let me know in the comment section below!

Written by

Natascha is the designer and illustrator behind Planning Routine. She inspires people to start their own Bullet Journal or Planner. To make this easier, she has opened an Etsy shop with planner stickers and printables.

  • Marinka de Jong

    Love the setup of the running list!

  • Thanks for sharing- it was lovely to see how you set things up!

  • Violetdaffodils

    Wow these are so lovely! Thank you for sharing 😀



  • Laura

    NaTasha! Thanks for sharing! Great detailed blog post and very inspirational! I especially loved your weekly vertical time trackers! Have an incredible start to your New Year! Laura IG @planningmyday

    • Thank you so much Laura! Did you know that I have stickers for the weekly trackers? 🙂 Have a great year too!