Bullet Journal Setup | PLAN WITH ME | Jul – Aug 2017

Bullet Journal Setup | PLAN WITH ME | Jul – Aug 2017

There are no two bullet journal alike not even if they’re made by the same person It’s something that’s going to be as unique as yourself so remember that if you ever get lost or overwhelmed with inspiration This one is going to be the start of a new chapter in my life So I’m going to be setting up my bullet journal to keep me company And I wanted to take you through that process with me so that we can plan it together Actually filmed this video throughout the course of a whole week because I wanted to make sure that Anytime I got an idea. I would sit down and film it for you So that you get to see the whole setup at the end I Personally use a despond notebook But if you have a regular one don’t worry because I’m going to have tips about how you can adapt everything that I use Alright first let’s get the cover page out of the way, and yeah that is in fact a donut cutter You can of course do whatever you want on the first page I know it can be quite daunting to start writing in a new notebook But for me this just kind of gets the creative juices flowing I Had a feeling I didn’t want to use too many colors throughout this whole set up because I knew I was going to use it For the rest of the year so I just wanted it to go with any seasons and stuff so I actually Decided to go all black and white which is very unusual for me, but I was really inspired by destroying I saw an instagram, and I just fell in love with the simplicity and elegance of it so I decided to create something similar To me this drawing represents life its ups and downs going with the flow and of course how there are dark sides of life, but there’s also light inside of it and There’s beauty that’s represented by the flowers and at the bottom. I wrote my life in a bullet because that’s my username but That’s kind of what this notebook is right, so overall I really like the way this turned out and the meaning behind it But just remember that you can do whatever you want on the first page. Just make it something that inspires you So now let’s talk about the process. I went through before setting everything up The very first thing I did was to just sit down get a piece of paper And I just started writing down ideas for spreads and how I wanted to section off my notebook I also went through my previous bullet journals and decided what stays What goes what I want to change and stuff like that? but if this is your very first one And I really suggest looking into the original bullet journal system before looking for inspiration anywhere else and don’t worry if this looks a little Overwhelming because I’m going to explain everything And I’m also going to have a slip through at the end and that will hopefully make more sense Now that I knew how many sections I was going to have I wanted to create some dividers and some stickers to use throughout my notebook So I literally spent a good few hours on graphic stock just getting inspiration And I downloaded a bunch of pictures that I thought would fit my setup the awesome thing about graphic stock is that you have unlimited downloads to their huge library of vectors pictures illustrations and All of them are a hundred percent royalty free so that you can create stickers Printables or you can use them in any of your projects as well and the pictures are yours to keep forever and you won’t have to worry about copyright or anything like that if you want to sell your work, so Graphic stock partner with me on this video and there giving you guys a 7 day free trial So they can get access to their library so I’m going to link all the pictures I used for this video So that you can go check them out if you want to use them as well, so for the dividers I found this really cool Wavy type of Pattern that also managed the cover page, so I just printed them out and laminated them I don’t think it would be as practical to create sections in a regular notebook because that’s what the index is for it But I personally like having everything organized like this it just makes more sense in my head And I also don’t have to flip through the pages too much to get to where I want I Also created some tabs to have quick access, and I laminated these as well but only on the top side so that I would be able to fold them in half if Anyone’s interested in Step-by-step instructions on how I made the dividers and these tabs Let me know because I already have the footage but I just didn’t want to make this video too long You could also make these for regular notebooks as well I think it looks really nice and clean and they’re also really durable so that you can still carry your notebook around And maybe you can just add them after you finish setting everything up So now that everything is sectioned off. I’m going to take all those ideas that I brainstormed earlier and write them all on sticky notes This is going to be especially helpful if you use a regular notebook because this way you can stick them on the pages and play around with where you want everything to go and Figure out which order makes more sense to you, and if you don’t have the time to set everything up in one session But you really want to get to the actual planning then this is a good way to reserve those pages for later And you won’t forget. What goes where? Alright, so at this point I was finally ready to get into the actual setup Usually with a bullet journal you’d want to start with an index and a key I’m personally skipping those because I’ve never used Them so my very first spread is going to be a future log, and I’m going to be setting this up for july until December I’m Going in with Spencer first just to know when the month starts and ends so that I don’t make any mistakes when I go in with my fineliner the fisher log is basically a calendar overview of all your events birthdays holidays and whatever else is important to you a Lot of people ask if it’s too late to start a bullet journal or if you have to Wait until the beginning of the year and the answer is absolutely Not as you can see I’m setting mine up starting july It just so happens that it’s the whole second half of the year But it really doesn’t matter when you start you can even do it on December 31st. If you want Now I just played around with the stickers. I had me from graphic stock and I decided to use them as headers I just thought they looked really nice without being distracting and that’s actually is for the spread super simple But I knew it was going to be a long planning session, so I just needed to contain myself the following page is for keeping track of emails that I have to write or reply to and This might not apply to a lot of people but if you also write or receive a lot of emails, then you might find this helpful as So after that this is where the rest of my monthly and weekly setups are going to go They’re the ones you’ve seen in my previous videos, but if you’re using a regular notebook And you can just go ahead and continue with the rest of the spreads you want to do before that Moving on to the social media section the very first page is going to be very simple just for the milestones that We get to and if you have any social media accounts you probably know how nice it is to have something like this you might remember from my previous videos that I’ve been tracking my social media stats every single month for a long time now and I wanted to continue that but I really wanted to have them all together So I’m creating the spreads for all six months, and this is basically where at the end of each month I just fill in the set for Instagram Youtube my blog and so on and For this whole bullet journal set up you see throughout the video that I’m basically asking myself what do I want to see at the end of the year like what do I want to have an overview of Because when you do your monthly set ups you obviously probably have a lot of things in there So at the end of the year if you want to check your progress on let’s say any specific habits or stuff like that Then you have to flip through and search for all those pages individually But this way you kind of have the whole year or half a year at a glance. If that makes sense The spread is going to be very simple again It’s where I’m going to write down ideas for videos and blog posts And you’ll see at the end that I also edit some checkboxes just to keep everything nice and organized If you’re curious about the pens, I’m using then definitely check out the description box because I always link everything there I’m also doing a what is called Social media cheat sheet This is just a list of all the picture sizes for different social media platforms and I especially use this for knowing the sizes and ratios for Pinterest and especially for my blog and stuff like that I found this list on pinterest, so if you want to copy this in your notebook as well. I will have a link down below So now we’re moving on to the personal part of the notebook and for this particular divider I did something a little bit different so for this one I only glued the pages at the outer edges and then I cut off the laminate right on the side where the disks go so that you can take it apart, and this kind of created a secret pocket, I did this because inside I wanted to put a piece of paper with my accounts and passwords and No one will know except for the whole internet But at least this way they’ll be hidden and no one can peek regardless if you do this I still suggest that you don’t write like your whole passwords just something to make sure you remember them So the first actual page in here is for keeping information that I don’t want to forget for example I used to move a lot and so here. I would write down my addresses and postal codes and stuff like that and just As I was talking about moving a lot if you follow me on instagram, you probably know I’ll be moving to London soon so I wanted to create a spread where I could write down everything related to the move and all that information and Oh, let me know if you get the reference in the title at the bottom of the page I pasted a really cool illustration of Tower bridge I found on graphic Circus 12, and I decided to leave the other page completely blank in case I needed that space Next I’m doing a page for all the orders and packages I’m waiting on I used to include this in my monthly setup, but I think having one dedicated page for it will be more useful The other side is for my wishlist very minimal and then we are moving on to the health trackers The first thing I’m setting up here is a weight tracker, and I really enjoyed using this in my previous voyager Nal’s as well So I’m going to continue to use it basically the y-Axis is the weight and then the X-Axis is the week numbers So I basically track my weight once a week and at the end of the year this graph is going to bring you either tears of Joy or Sadness on the other side I’m again setting up an overview of to have that I like to see filled in at the end of the year which are Eating healthy and exercising. I also track both of these in my monthly trackers, but again I just wanted to have an overview at the end of the year and by the way you’ve never Tested your patience until you draw the dot grid The next spread is for writing down a bunch of things that I’d like to check out so any movies that I like to watch Books I want to read websites Anything like that and also creating a page to help me save up for certain things that I want or need and I’m going to fill in one square for every hundred dollars that I see for that specific thing So I’m just drawing in how many squares I’m going to need for each of these and when the time will come to fill those in I will use my erasable friction pen Because you know realistically. I might need to erase some of them if I end up using the money for something else I mean hopefully not but still this spread is a type of Bucket list sort of thing Where I want to write down the places? I want to visit and then the other page is kind of like Four things that I want to do one day and again I pasted an illustration that I found on graphics talk, and I just really like the way this whole spread turned out I think I’m really going to enjoy using it and Hopefully, I don’t get to cross things off my list one day the last page in this personal section is for you know those things that you rarely use that you put in certain places of the house thinking you’ll remember and Then right when you need them you can’t find them So the spread is hopefully going to be a second chance to finding them if I remember to keep up with it of course I’ll be keeping the brain dump section quite simple they know that’s the one that gets messy really fast so for now I just created this page where I’m going to write down tasks that take about 10 minutes so that when I want to feel productive and have the time to spare I can just pick something from that list and If you want to keep yourself motivated you can always come up with some Word for yourself as you check things off Then I’m actually making kind of like a boredom buster type section I’m keeping it short, but I just pasted some sudoku puzzles I love doing them when I’m bored or when I have to wait somewhere So you can use this idea for anything similar that you enjoy doing and of course you don’t have to use up precious Blank Pages You can put them inside the back pocket if you have it But this is also a great idea to paste on top of any spreads that you might have messed up or something like that You guys know how much I love the journal I basically just write Four or five sentences about what happened each day, and I used to include this in my monthly set up until now But I thought it would be nicer to have all my journaling in one place So that’s why I created this section, but at the very beginning. I wanted to add this printable I made it’s inspired by the idea of year in pixels from Passion carnot on Instagram And it’s basically where you assign a color to different moods, and you fill one section according to how you felt each day I’ve been doing this since the beginning of the year in my old bullet journal which was a different size So that’s why I made a new one now, but you can start one at any time so finally I decided I also wanted to have a section for drawing and sketching and So at the very end of the notebook I wanted to swatch all my supplies so that I could have an overview of all my markers and fineliners and so on If you want to see my whole pen collection I do have a video on that I talk in a lot more detail about all of these there so go check it out If you haven’t already, but I’ll also link everything in this video as well Normally you’d want to do this kind of pen test before anything else So that you test the paper of your notebook and see is any of your pens bleed through and how much they ghost? But this is also going to be helpful when choosing colors for your spreads I Also, did swatch pages for my washi tapes because you know a lot of times Washington kind of looks different on paper because it might be see-through or something And yeah, what that we are actually done? Well almost done because this whole setup would take a little bit of getting used to I actually made a card that I called Daily don’t forget and I’m just flipping through the notebook to write down a list of the spreads that I have to check or fill in every single day so that I kind of get into the habit and then on the other side of the card I did the same thing but for the stuff that I have to fill in on a monthly basis and the cool thing about this little Card is that I can take it out and have it on my desk as I go through the spreads every day And I don’t have to flip back and forth to have as reference you can also put this in the back pocket of your notebook or you can wash it tape it to the Sides, so that you can flip it out when you need it Alright finally here’s the flip through of the whole setup. You can tell I wanted to keep it really simple. I didn’t go crazy with decorations or colors I Might add some things in the future, but you can of course adapt everything to your liking Now this might seem like a lot of things to keep up with for some people especially if you’re just Getting into the bullet journal in which case I recommend starting off slowly But it works for me and all that matters is what works for you? But don’t expect your first bullet journal to be perfect because you’re most likely going to have Spreads that you won’t keep up with or that you don’t find useful anymore And you know what that’s the whole point trial and error just don’t make it so that it becomes a chore to Keep up with it I really think that ruins its whole purpose some of you have asked me how I stay motivated to use my bullet journal every day and The answer is really simple It’s because I need to use it because it helps me so if you find that you don’t have the motivation for it Then maybe just haven’t found blood works for you yet, so don’t get discouraged and just remember to take it slowly Alright guys. I really hope you got some ideas from this video, or that it was helpful in any way And if you want me to make separate videos about anything you saw in here, please let me know So if you did enjoy this video, you know what to do, and I will see you in my next one. Bye

100 thoughts on “Bullet Journal Setup | PLAN WITH ME | Jul – Aug 2017

    I was seeing the video so relaxed but then I got exited because of that HAHAHA
    (Sorry if my english is not that good I'm spanish)

  2. Hi I just discovered your video because Iam trying to get into discbound. How many pound paper do you use to make your discbound planner. I'm trying to figure out good paper quality that doesn't bleed through (stamp ink or pen) thank you

  3. Thank You so much MyLifeinaBullet
    You have really inspired my to try bullet journaling at first I was exited because it gave me a reason to buy cute supplies, but now I know I want to do it because it will help me not to be such a scatter brain all the time🤗

  4. This was super helpful! I feel really motivated to become a better student and person. For a while I’ve been setting goals to finally get my life together and become organized, and now i think I am actually ready to start. Thank you!!

  5. I always wanted to do a journal but i just cannot stick to the habit. It makes me go crazy. I want to do a motivational journal whre i write every single quotes and things that motivate me so that whenever i feel down, i can just review thejournal to make me remember. It turns out i forgot, sometimes im too lazy, too busy that i dont have enough time, sometimes i wrote it horribly makes me feel like i hate my journal it turns ugly. Hahahaha.

  6. Wow awesome! I’m also bulletjournalling in a similar set-up. I have a Kikki K personal planner, but I need more dividers so this is helpful, to make a few extra and I also liked that you adjusted your old setup, I’m also going to improve some things. So nice! 💕

  7. I’d love to start a bullet journal but I’m a procrastinist(procrastinator/perfectionist) so I’ll start it and then spend half the year looking for the perfect layout and then spend the other half of the year finishing that. I love the idea though! Maybe one day…

  8. So I've tried bullet journaling a few times in the past, but couldn't stick to it. Your spreads, notebook, and structure are exactly what I need in mine. Thank you so much for this video!

  9. This is beautiful. What a smooth, clean video. I like the attention you gave to the fact that starting a new journal is anxiety-inducing! There was no judgement, just attention given.

  10. Holy shit, your bujo is so gorgeous. So modern and clean. I love it. Definitely getting that notebook as well. Will save me a lot of money.

  11. I have spent the past 3 months watching countless BuJo videos on Youtube. I can proudly say that through this video, I have finally found enough inspiration & motivation to at last, start BuJo-ing…just in time for New Year too!! A simple, minimal black & white journal with designs & a layout that isn't as intimidating as most of the other hella fancy & super artsy journals I've come across. Thanks MyLifeinaBullet ♡ xo Happy New Year!!

  12. out of all the bujo designs and layouts I've seen, I think I like yours the best. Simple, clean, but still with interesting graphics and open for additional deco should you choose to add more. Plus the trackers you use are doable and actually helpful. Thanks for making this video!

  13. Stupid question: does the paper have a fine grid to help her keep her writing straight / put the dots in a perfect grid or is she doing it freehand?

  14. Tbh its the first time i EVER heard of a bullet journal, i did a bit of research to what it is and man its amazing! I cant believe i never thought about this!

  15. I love you. I mean your videos… Well that was awkward! I'm also really nervous because I'm doing my… my… first journal…

  16. Love how this is set up and also the whole clean look . I'm always mesmerized by your videos and find them so inspirational. Thanks for sharing your gift! Keep the videos coming cuz' I love them

  17. I love your bullet journal! The discbound method is makes so much more sense in my head, so I transitioned, but wanted to make mine look nicer. For some reason my bullet journal always turns out so ugly and it unmotivated me. I just wish I could make mine minimal, yet pretty like yours.

  18. Recreated it! I couldnt get those doodles perfect like yours… I always wait for your video even if it gets a little late into the month 🙂

  19. This is probably the most organized yet creative and helpful video I've seen about Bullet Journaling! Love it! 😍😍😍

  20. A couple pages you made here are gonna be very useful for me! Thank you so much for sharing. The 10 minute tasks in particular will hopefully keep me from allowing my depression to make me lazy all day. And I just love how you categorize everything – it's more in line with how my mind works best. Again, THANK YOU. Off to journal!

  21. We can see the architect side of you resurfacing : I've never seen anyone doing bullet journals with a ruler haha, love it! (I'm an interior designer so I identify a lot with that!)

  22. WOW! Impressive & thorough! 😍😍 Thank you so much! Especially for the links! I’ve been looking for 1/2” discs or smaller so your link is a godsend!! 😄🎉🎉

  23. If anyone is encouraging me to start a Bullet Journal it's you! The ones I've seen were so colourful and overwhelming and don't suit my style, but I like the aesthetics of this one 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to make this video!

  24. Excellent video! I am just starting bujo with my boyfriend. Where did you get that stencil you used to make the little checkoff boxes?

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