Bullet Journal Life

January Bullet Journal Spread for 2019

January 4, 2019

Today’s blog post features my January bullet journal spread for 2019! I am trying to broaden my creativity through this year’s spread and I really hope you all enjoy going through them with me. Or even better, maybe I can motivate you to create your own journal or inspire your next spread!

January Monthly Spread

I tried to stay more on the minimalistic for the entire January bullet journal spread. For my monthly spread I included the January calendar with important dates and to-do’s for the month. To the left, I left a lil’ notes section to remind myself of tasks and upcoming events or if I need a place to jot down something. On the bottom, I reserved a space for my blog post ideas for the rest of the month!

January Habit & Mood Trackers

This is the spread that I really tried to get out of my comfort zone. If you’ve seen my other bullet journal posts, I usually put these onto one page and shade in boxes (see example here). But I tried to tap into my creative side by attempting my calligraphy skills and doodling ahah.

So for my habit trackers, I divided them up into different boxes for each habit that I want to track with the entire calendar dates within. This way, I can go through each day and shade in the days where I completed the habits. Some habits I am tracking this month are working on the blog, checking my blog email, going to the gym, reading and meditating!

And if I had to pick one page that was my favorite thus far, this month’s mood tracker has to be it! It was super easy and fast to create! This is where I attempted my calligraphy and doodling skills with the cups. I thought it was a nice change to have something more visually fun to look at, which can motivate me to actually come in every month to fill it out. The idea for the cups is each day I will fill in the “liquid” in the cup based on how I feel (key at bottom of the page).

January Expenses Tracker

The most helpful spread has to be my expenses tracker every month. I like to keep track of everything I spend in one place so I can refer back to it for budgeting the following month. I divided it up based on method of payment: credit cards, debit card and cash. At the end, I like to have a section to total it all up and divide my expenses into specific categories. This way, I will know where I need to cut down!

January Weekly Spread

I have the same schedule pretty much day to day during the week due to work so I find that running to-do lists are easier to keep up with and maintain. I break up the page into the right and left. On the left, I initial the days of the week and use dots to signify which day I want to complete the task/event. And all the corresponding tasks go to the right! After completing, I just need to check it off – easy peasy!


That completes my January bullet journal spread! I hope you enjoyed and I would love to see your journal this month!

A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!

xx jen

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  • Reply Danielle Alexa January 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I think I am going to have to create my own bullet journal!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      you definitely should! It’s so fun and you can really use it to benefit your schedule!
      xx jen

  • Reply Mica January 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Looks so organised and well thought out! I like the spending tracker! 🙂

    Hope that the first week of 2019 is off to a great start for you and you are having a nice weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      thank you so much mica! the spending tracker is the most helpful spread in my opinion, especially with budgeting! hope 2019 is amazing for you as well!
      xx jen

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Ahh thanks so much Mica!!! Hope your 2019 has been off to a great start!
      xx jen

  • Reply Daniel January 6, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Wow, I love your journal! So beautiful! x

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      thank you so much daniel!
      xx jen

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Daniel! Thank you so much!!
      xx jen

  • Reply Julie | This Main Line Life January 6, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Love your mood tracker… great idea. I bullet journal too. There was a time when I was creating all sorts of lovely artistic pages, but lately, it’s been looking more like chicken scratch, lol. That’s the great thing about the bullet journal though, you can make it what you want and it can change to suit your needs and time constraints.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Than you so much Julie! I want to check out your journal too – I bet it looks AMAZING! But I totally agree, the bullet journal is so versatile because it can adhere to our schedules!
      xx jen

  • Reply Anika May January 6, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Great spread! I love the mood tracker!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Anika!
      xx jen

  • Reply Rach January 6, 2019 at 8:48 am

    These are great ideas! I love that you tracking habits!


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Rach!! Thank you so much and yess it’s been so fun to do so!
      xx jen

  • Reply Zorica January 6, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Great post.

  • Reply alison*elle January 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

    OMG, your bullet journal is #goals! I especially love how creative you got with that mood tracker!

    xo, alison*elle

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Ahhh thanks so much Alison! That was such a fun spread to create!
      xx jen

  • Reply Sophie January 6, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I love the way you track your habits. Its such a visual way to see your progress.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Yessss that was the idea behind it!
      xx jen

  • Reply Jenifer January 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my goodness! You look so organized. I love your mood tracker. I just use my phone for everything – calendar, planning, to do list, notes, reminders, etc.

    xx Jenifer

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      ahah thank you so much Jenifer! This is an attempt to get more organized! I used to do everything on my phone but then would forget where I put things!
      xx jen

  • Reply P-and-P January 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Great post. 🙂

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  • Reply Chez-rama January 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Love your journal and how you give credit to yourself so you know what you achieve.

    It is so organized and personal


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you so much!
      xx jen

  • Reply Olivia January 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I love the way you track your habits. I need to create my own 💞 .
    xo Oli


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      It’s one of my favorite parts of every day – to go through and mark all of my habits down!
      xx jen

  • Reply Caitlin | Beauty & Colour January 6, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I wish I was organized enough to bullet journal!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Fashion + Lifestyle Blog

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Ahh girl you can create one!! I was sooo messy and unorganized and it really helped me get my life together – and it really made me think outside of the box!
      xx jen

  • Reply Deepti January 7, 2019 at 2:03 am

    OMG, this is fantastic!!! I love all your ideas, in fact i might steal some and make my own bullet journal!

    Such a great post! I genuinely enjoyed reading it!!!

    Deepti xx| http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Ahhh you are so sweet! Steal away with the ideas! I am so glad that I am able to create something that you would want to create too!
      xx jen

  • Reply Kathryn January 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Love seeing your January spread! I’m a big planner, but have never quite gotten into bullet journaling specifically. This is great inspiration for me, though. Thanks for sharing!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you so much girl!! I think you should try to get back into journaling this year! It’s so fun and a great hobby to have!
      xx jen

  • Reply Jessica January 8, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Journals really keep you on track of everything. This is super helpful dear. Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 10, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      yesss this has been so helpful in keeping me on track!
      xx jen

  • Reply Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's January 18, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Damnnn that’s a ton of habits you’re tracking — it’s like a workbook! A super cute one though! 😀 The last few years, my planner has been pretty simple, consisting mostly of monthly and weekly spreads, but this year I’m adding a page every month for expenses as well 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      ahaha yesss i try to have a lot of habits to keep myself accountable and most of them are things that I should be doing regularly anyways such as brushing my teeth 2x a day ahah. I would love to see your journal!
      xx jen

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