Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Ideas [College Update]

Today I’ll show you how to crush your bullet journal New Year’s resolution list. Or basically any kind of goal list.

For example, do you need a little motivation to get through your college career?

Definitely, it’s so important for students to stay self-motivated and goal-oriented in college because they are surrounded by so many distractions that could take them away from their studies.

Not only you’ll learn all about goal settings, but also you’ll get the ultimate guide on how to achieve them.

However, I’m not a huge fan of creating a bullet journal New Year’s resolution list.

Definitely, I prefer setting specific goals rather than make this huge, but at the same time vague New Year’s resolutions list.

Along with this, I’ll use both terms because, in my opinion, New Year’s resolutions term is more used in everyday language.

However, keep in mind that when I’m referring to 2021 resolutions, I always think about goal setting.

Anyway, if you still want to know how to:

  • why goal planning is important
  • why I set only 90-day goals 
  • set goals in 5 simple steps
  • use your bullet journal to plan goals and actually achieve them
  • create a bullet journal layout page for goal setting
  • New Year’s resolutions ideas and college goals for 2021

Then keep reading.

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Why is Setting Goals Important?

Although I’m not a coach or Ted Talk speaker by any means, I’ve been working with goals long enough to see that it actually works.

Definitely, setting goals will help you fulfill your dreams.

Firstly, you’ll have a crystal clear vision of what do you want to achieve

Secondly, you’ll know why do you want to accomplish this goal

Thirdly, you’ll create a simple, actionable, step-by-step, plan at the same time while taking into account also all necessary tools, resources, and deadlines.

Last but not least, you’ll track your progress, see what works, what doesn’t work, and make the needed tweaks.

Why I Set Only 90-Day Goals

Before you start making goal pages in your planner or bullet journal, I only want to mention that I set my goals only for the next 90 days.

Basically, working with quarterly goals helps me avoid feeling unmotivated and discouraged.

In fact, you probably noticed that after feeling excited at the beginning of every new project, your motivation drastically decreased within a few months and you just wanted to start something new. 

As the matter of fact, I get easily bored. Before I started working with 90-day goals, I had a lot of unfinished projects and I felt really frustrated.

Obviously, it doesn’t mean that I don’t set yearly goals. In fact, I exactly know where I want to be next year and I make sure that my 90-day goals lead me to that place.

How To Use Your Bullet Journal for 2021 Goal Setting [Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution]

Now it’s time to set your goals with a bullet journal notebook.

Basically, it’s a simple process. All you have to do is to carve out time (maybe 15-30 minutes) to sit down in your safe place and enjoy the process.

In this case, I followed the 5 Rapid Planning Method RPM (Result-oriented, Purpose-driven, Massive Action Plan)  goal-setting steps created by Tony Robbins, combined with level 10 life exercise created by Hal Elrod.

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Step #1 Capture

Brain Dump

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First of all, I always start setting my goals by decluttering my thoughts. 

Definitely, my favorite way to organize random thoughts, projects, and ideas is by doing a brain dump.

If you’re not familiar with what a brain dump is, I wrote the entire step by step guide on how to use your bullet journal notebook for a brain dump session.

For now, I want only mention that these bullet journal pages are perfect for those of you who are struggling with racing thoughts, having too many ideas, and feeling constantly overwhelmed. Unquestionably, it’s so easy to get distracted and lose your focus. 

For this reason, clearing your mind helps to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. In other words, you describe your ideal life without censoring yourself.

Sometimes writing journal prompts might be helpful, especially if you don’t know what to write about.

For example, write about where do you want to be next year, in 3 years, what would be the most amazing thing that could happen, or what is something you want always to do but you’re too scared of.

Vision Board

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Secondly, what I like to do every three months is creating or updating a vision board. 

Again, here you can find the ultimate guide on how to create a vision board in 7 simple steps.

Obviously, if making a vision board isn’t necessarily your thing, feel free to skip it. 

However, there’s something powerful in turning your dream life vision into physical, visual form. Because, as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Level 10 Life Exercise

goal settings 2021 bullet journal

After clearing my thoughts and visualize my dreams, it’s time to evaluate your current life. 

In my opinion, the Level 10 Life exercise (created by Hal Elrod in his book “The Miracle Morning”) is the best way to find out where you’re now and where you want to be. 

Definitely, it’s a great tool for goal planning, good habits setting and tracking progress.

Here you can read more about how to plan your life intentionally while staying motivated with bullet journal level 10 life spreads.

In short, I evaluate my life for each category from 0 to 10 accordingly, having my brain dump notes and vision board right in from of me. 

Setting Goals

Based on your brain dump notes, vision board, and Level 10 Life chart, you can set your life goals according to the categories of your choice.

Side note: you don’t have to focus on an area with the lowest score. In my opinion, you have to feel really excited about your goals to actually achieve them.

This is a great time to think about how to turn this dreamed beautiful life vision into a specific action plan.

According to Tony Robbins, you need to ask yourself three questions.

What Do You Want?

In this case, I answer the question by making my goals S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

S – specific

M – measurable

A – achievable

R – relevant

T – timely

E – evaluate

R – reward

For example, one of my 2021 goals is to remodel my son’s room before he starts school. Definitely, this goal is S.M.A.R.T. because I choose only one specific room to remodel, it’s obviously measurable (the final effect will be amazing), achievable, relevant, and timely.

Why Do You Want It?

In my opinion, this question is a real game-changer.

Sometimes, we tend to set goals based on what other people expect from us instead of what we really want. In other words, it’s somehow connected with relevancy. Basically, if goals are relevant for you, it’s definitely more likely to achieve them.

In this case, I want to prepare my son’s room for school because I want to create a healthy environment that will support him in his further growth.

What Do You Need To Do?

Last but not least, you need to think about tools, supplies, products,s and/or other people you need to achieve your goals.

For instance, I have to find furniture, accessories, lighting, etc.

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Step #2 Create an Action Plan

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Now it’s time to break these big goals into smaller tasks you know you’re able to achieve within a shorter amount of time.

In other words, by answering the question of how you’ll get there, you create a simple but actionable plan with monthly, weekly, and daily tasks.

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Step#3 Commit and Schedule

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Now it’s time to start working towards your goals. Basically, you need to take these action steps you’ve just jotted down above. Personally, I break monthly goals into smaller tasks and schedule them in a weekly spread.

bullet journal daily layout ideas

Along with this, I create even smaller mini-goals and put them in a daily to-do list in my bullet journal daily log.

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Step#4 Track Your Habits and Review Your Progress

As you can see above, I put a weekly bullet journal habit tracker right between the goals’ list and the weekly calendar. Unquestionably, being persistent and consistent is the secret of success.

For this reason, tracking your daily habits in order to develop the new ones that support your goals will help you to stay on the right track.

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Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Step#5 Celebrate and Reward Yourself

Along with this, don’t underestimate the power of rewarding yourself for reaching your goals.

Definitely, it’ll help you to stick with your goals and habits for one simple reason.

When you feel discouraged and unmotivated, you just remind yourself what you’ll get at the end of this bumpy road.

And it has to be something exciting for you. At the same time, it shouldn’t destroy the end effect (like for example rewarding yourself with a bunch of donuts after being on a diet).

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution Ideas

If you’re looking for some bullet journal New Year’s resolution ideas, here I put some of them to get inspired.

Health | Fitness | Nutrition

  • get 8 hours of sleep
  • practice 20 minutes of yoga
  • exercise 3 times per week
  • develop a skincare routine

Family | Kids | Partnership | Friends

  • eat Sunday breakfast together
  • call your family once a week
  • set family game night once a week
  • go on a date with your significant other
  • catch up with a friend for coffee
  • make new friends

Fun | Recreation Bullet Journal

  • read 10 pages daily
  • practice 15 minutes of calligraphy a day
  • learn how to crochet
  • hike once a week

Personal Growth | Mindset

  • choose a daily affirmation
  • set your daily intention loudly
  • start journaling

Finances Bullet Journal

  • learn how to budgeting
  • increase your saving rate
  • pay off debts
  • do a no-spend month

Career | Business | College

  • create an online shop
  • get promoted
  • increase your income
  • invest in education
  • getting better grades
  • study abroad
  • work abroad

Home | Organization

  • declutter your home
  • organize a garage sale
  • start a garden
  • remodel a playroom


  • meditate
  • pray
  • learn how to live more intentionally
  • practice mindfulness
  • read books about minimalism
  • learn how to be more confident

Adventure | Travel

  • create a bucket list
  • do a fun outdoor activity
  • learn a new language
  • plan a road trip
  • backpack new country
  • plan an amazing Spring break
  • graduate


  • start a day from smiling
  • make a smoothie for lunch
  • spend 5 minutes alone
  • do a digital detox once a week
  • unsubscribe from the email lists you don’t need

Bullet Journal New Year’s Resolution – Final Thoughts

Undoubtedly, setting goals is crucial to improve your life’s quality and grow as a person.

With this in mind, a bullet journal new year’s resolution list can help you to have a clear vision of where you’re now and where you want to be next year.

However, keep in mind that the key to achieving your goals is more complex than creating an aesthetically pleasant vision board.

In fact, working towards your dreamed life includes taking specific and intentional actionable steps, being persistent and consistent, and holding yourself accountable.

Good luck!

What’s Next? Learn more about bullet journaling:

How to Start a Bullet Journal [2021 Step by Step Guide]

Bullet Journal Hacks [Get It Ready For 2021]

Free Bullet Journal Printables [2021 Update]

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