You got the journal of your dreams.
Spent a countless amount of money on new pens.
Everything is set to start your 2020 Bullet Journal, except one minor detail. You have no idea where to start. Do you jump in with a weekly spread? Or perhaps a quote?
Maybe you’re feeling frisky and want to start your journal with a painting. Those are all great ideas, however, most people opt to start their bullet journal with a year at a glance.
Bullet Journaling terminology is confusing. I understand and I’m here to help. Let’s go over some of the basics before we jump into yearly spread inspiration.
What Is A Year At A Glance?
What exactly is a year at a glance or a yearly spread? In terms of bullet journaling, a page known as a year at a glance is usually one of the first pages in your journal. This page has a layout of each month of the year.
Your bullet journal yearly spread can vary in a number of factors. You can choose to have one page with all the months of the year, or you can choose to spread it out more evenly with more space to add notes on important dates.
A lot of people find it helpful to add birthdays to friends and family. I personally don’t know enough people to be able to use my year at a glance for birthdays. Don’t look so pitiful at the computer, I may be fairly independent, but I’m very happy like this.
Okay, not very happy. I’m fine. Everything is fine.
Continuing on, perhaps you’re like me and don’t think it would be beneficial to use your annual spread for birthdays. There are still a number of usages for a bullet journal year in glance pages. Here are some ways in which it may be handy.
#1 – Goal Setting and Tracking
Are you a goal setter? Perhaps you’re someone who enjoys following a 3 month goal plan. By creating a yearly spread in the very front of your journal you can not only create goals, but track your progress.
I absolutely adore using my bujo (a.k.a bullet journal) yearly spread for goals. I tend to forget about larger goals I make and find it beneficial to reflect back on this page in the long run. I personally create 12 week goals, which means I make goals in January – March, April – June, July – September and October – December.
At the beginning of each month, I’ll look at what small steps I can make to achieve my upcoming 12-week goal. Remember, you want these goals to be realistic and attainable to your personal life.
#2 – The Ability To See Into The Future
Think of yourself as the next Raven Symone
Honestly, the ability to see any upcoming events or important dates without having to flip through a ton of pages is amazing. The events you list in your future spread shouldn’t be small events. Homework assignments if you’re a student would be an example of this. These kinds of events should be in your weekly spread.
Important dates like an exam you know way ahead of time or a presentation.
Alright, let’s jump right into bullet journal year at a glance inspiration
1) Make It Fancy With Cursive
Here we have the first inspirational year at a glance spread. You’ll notice many people leave space to add important dates and events. Some people enjoy playing around with fonts like cursive.
2) Elegance Is Key
Mychaoticbujo on Instagram has one of my favorite bullet journal yearly spreads of all time. I encourage you to decorate your yearly spread as you please, perhaps you’ll add flowers on the bottom just as she did.
#3 – Make Your Yearly Spread Specific
Remember when I said some people choose to make their year at a glance for a specific reason. Here’s a yearly spread if your only purpose for creating it is to keep track of birthdays!
#4 – Simply Beautiful
Sometimes the most simple things are beautiful. Take for example this yearly spread idea from @bujo.by.ingrid, no colors included but still incredibly gorgeous.
#5 – Bigger The Better
The big number with cursive on top is a huge trend in the bullet journal community. I love the dark under light font color.
#6 – Picture This
Maybe you want to add a picture on one side and your yearly glance on the other. Some people choose to add a painting to one page or a doodle. Perhaps you would want to throw a quote in the mix as well
#7 – Blast To The Past
How about a blast to the past? If this isn’t your first time using a bullet journal, why not use your yearly spread to reflect back on the past.
Use this year to create new goals that improve on the ones you had made previously.
Alright, I’ll keep quiet for the next few and let you soak in the inspiration. Here are 4 more bullet journal year at glance ideas for this year!
Remember, always sketch out your yearly spreads in pencil first. It saves you the hassle if you were to ever make a mistake.
One of my biggest tips when creating a yearly spread it to understand that it takes quite a bit of trial and error before you’re completely satisfied with its apperance
Take these ideas and use them wisely if you’re having trouble figuring out what to do for your bullet journal year at a glance.
See you soon, friend