We are conditioned to begin our new diaries or journals on the 1st of January each year, but there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ time to pick up your pens and your journal, get creative, and start using a new bullet journal!
Whether it is January or July, the perfect time to start is now! You can start a new bullet journal in the middle of a year, a month, or even a week – there are no rules when it comes to starting a bullet journal. Ultimately, it’s your journal, so the ball is entirely in your court for when you want to write in it.
A great way to start your bullet journal is to customize the first page by adding your name, or a quote that is significant to you. Most creators use their bullet journals for writing to-do lists, tracking habits, monitoring mood, or scheduling upcoming events. If you decide you want to start keeping track of any of these things, then investing in a bullet journal is the perfect way to get organised, and you don’t have to wait until the new year.
Most habit trackers are monthly, meaning it makes zero difference if you begin tracking at the start of the year, or halfway through the year! In fact, even starting midway through a month is possible – if you do this, create a monthly spread like you usually would, and fill it out from the date that you made the spread.
Some creators prefer to start a new bullet journal a few months into the year, as this means they aren’t scrambling to begin a new setup just before the new year. Let’s face it, most of us are incredibly busy in December, and we don’t always have time to dedicate to our bullet journals around this time of year.
For those of you who are adamant about using the same journal for the whole calendar year, and are worried that you won’t be able to do this if you start in the middle of the year, consider condensing your usual trackers and page spreads into fewer pages until the new year. This way, you will be able to squeeze in a year and a half of your bullet journal into the same notebook.
If it is the middle of the year, and you want to start journaling, why wait until the new year? A bullet journal is quite literally a blank book, so it’s up to you to start it, and end it, whenever you want to, regardless of the time of year. There’s no time like the present.