Bullet Journaling for Beginners (how I started my bullet journal) | WITHWENDY

Bullet Journaling for Beginners (how I started my bullet journal) | WITHWENDY


Hey, everyone. It’s me Wendy as many of you know normally here on [YouTube] I make sewing tutorials but today I wanted to go through my whole process of starting my bullet journal for 2017 There’s been a couple of questions about it And I’ve mentioned [that] I said it as a hobby and that it’s shown up in a couple of videos And it’s been going really great, but I came at it with no prior experience or pre-Built ideas and so this kind of goes through how I created a system to start from scratch without overdoing it because I think in the world of bullet journals There’s a lot of creativity that can go into how it looks, and its beauty, aesthetics, it can get a bit intimidating I’ll go through what I was doing before 2016 I’ll go through what I’m doing now And how it’s morphed into a system that I really like and hopefully if you’ve been thinking about doing a bullet journal You’ll see how you could go about it without being like I need to do beautiful calligraphy from the Get-go No, you don’t have to it’s going to be okay. Let’s get into this so one that I use every day. I had a moleskine This is the like standard five by eight black leather. I would put my daily prayer Reflection, any thoughts that I had Truly like a daily diary, then I had a planner for every single day I mean this planner is so pretty but planners have a specific grid that they believe is most effective for you If it just so happens to not click with you. It’s not going to work and over time I found this one was not really working for me I would plan my day in this then go journaling in this and then lastly Throw my brainstorming ideas in this bigger book, it’s also a Moleskine I Would just draw my ideas Put in the measurements it was very Messy there was no chronological order to it I was just kind of like put in these tabs to keep track of where I had most recently worked It’s weird because my brain actually doesn’t work this way where I only Do diary first for a certain part of the day and then only plan my day for a certain part of the day and only brainstorm like it’s all Happening at once that’s what made me think a bullet journal would be a really good fit for me because the whole goal of it Is to merge everything that you write, plan, think about in one book and I also thought it would be a good fit for me because I Found the really set planner system was not working for me, but bullet journals are flexible as you go you totally dictate What’s going to be the thing you want to put more space to less space to three books that I could not possibly Carry around with me all day all system, and now new system ONE! So as you can see I stuck to the exact same shape and format as the previous one this is a standard size in moleskine accept this, the old one was unlined (no lines in it) this new one has a Grid dot the main thing I would recommend for starting from scratch is to go basic and made a rule in January where I limited things to one black pen one pink highlighter, and that’s it and Helps you to not get too distracted into the colors and designs and variety but to figure out What are the exact things you need in your bullet journal to be productive after doing some research I noticed a couple of things that seemed pretty common throughout bullet journals So first I did a monthly calendar for January I wrote down all the days of the year their day of the week And then I invented a system where I wrote down The major things that I need to get done each day kind of like the main focus of the day I added a dot on the left side for every single day as it passed and then I added a dot on the right side for every single time I successfully Completed the thing that I meant to complete that day then the other thing on the right hand side was I put down a To-do List I wanted to set a personal goal of being better at meeting up with friends keeping in touch So I put a to meet or to talk list I wrote down the videos I wanted to make that month the ones that I was thinking about for the following months and then at the end I was even a very good girl, and I wrote a reflection post January to think about how the month went and yeah You just lay it out this way for the first time and you’ll discover. You know there’s whole areas that are blank Maybe that’s an area that you created space But you didn’t actually need that space then there could be areas that are super jam packed and maybe what it means is you should have left more space for that then I went straight into every single day for January so I might write down. What happened at Church service What I was personally thinking about for my diary, I made a timeline for every single day and I still followed the dot thing where I put a Dot on the left for every hour that passed and a dot on the right for every time I completed the thing I meant to complete in that hour It was really helpful as a reality check like if you’re not sure of how much you can get done in a day It’s so helpful to set the goal And then measure whether or not you reach it and if you consistently don’t reach it it means You’re too optimistic about your goals. Which is my problem I’m too optimistic on my goals, but through this I can feel myself adjusting to be a bit better at managing my time Which is amazing because I think my whole life I’ve struggled with being good with my time I started to also figure out how to storyboard in my bullet journal for my videos and Over time too this is super packed. I figured out ways to give it more space to clear out my thoughts February I got my new kit for markers and pens I was so excited So I kind of went all out on it I was just like you know what Wendy you use whatever colors you want and you’ll figure out What works for you. I wrote the month across went once again with the dates the day of the month and I added a goal tracker which I’ve noticed on a lot of bullet Journals things like drinking water working out Getting enough sleep There’s all sorts of personal goals that you know are good for your health are good for your personal development pick a couple you really want to focus on that month and Write them down here to test out how it is that you like to track your goals that actually helped a lot to fill out the section when in January it was Kind of Empty. I wrote down How many of every single one I wanted to get done that month and I was gonna total it up and Whatnot but I Really found over the month of every that this was not working for me I was getting like all over the place with the colors as you can see it was not the best So I knew I wanted to refine it a bit for March then I left tons of space for a very action-packed view success left tons of space for people I wanted to talk to Also success and the videos I want to do that month videos I wanna do next month also went really well And you can develop your own legend for how you want to cross things out I kind of do one slash Which means I’m starting on it, and then two slashes means. It’s done If there’s a horizontal slash it means I had to move it to the next month and if there’s a vertical slash it means I stopped it So it’s like I tried I finished I tried, but will continue next month I tried and then I gave up that actually is working pretty well for me It’s very simple at there’s tons of systems little triangles dots lines many many options out there. It’s best to figure out What works for you. And then from there, I started doing weekly plans for February because I notice that’s a big thing for bullet journaling like do a monthly plan to a weekly Plan and then get down to the daily plans. But I kept finding weekly plan would leave me with way too much free space So I think I’m abandoning this for March. It’s not something that I really really need to stay organized This is my first time trying out a revised storyboarding video editing preparing type of system. I would write the title of the project I would use the dotted line design that I got from Fashionary to sketch out the thing that I wanted to make Then I would write down different measurements, the fabric, I use and then the steps from there. Once I had the steps I translated over to which shots I wanted to take and as I got each shot done I would highlight it to show it was done Then I put in my key learnings what I wanted to shoot for how I filmed it There’s empty space here the storyboard didn’t get used So these kind of things should only be added in the future if I really need them. Since right now it is March this is my most refined level of this bullet journal right now, and I am really starting to feel like I have a good hang of how I operate. So for March I went once again with the days of the month and their day of the week But this time I spread it out… …In a totally different order where I started from one at this point on the page and went up to 31 here. That left me room here to write out my goals and to help me know whether or not I was on track, I devised a system where I draw a dot for every day I complete it and then the number five and then the number 10 and the number 15 for every time I reach like a multiple of 5. And this pink line is my score out of 10 for How well I was able to reach The things that I set for it. So for example, whenever it’s up here in the 10 range that means my expectations versus reality spot-on, but whenever it’s really low like over here it means I thought I was going to get all this stuff done and reality I’ve got this much done. So that’s when I need a reality check. And then from there, started going into the daily Timeline to do. I also added a ”today, I am grateful for” and a ”today I’m excited for” fields. Part of a nice planner is that it motivates you, you know there’s ones with Inspirational quotes or you know daily gratitude and so I wanted to put in a system where every day I take time to reflect on what I’m grateful for every day take time to reflect on what I’m excited for and it just helps you to have… A more positive outlook overall about how your day is gonna go. The markers that I use are the Zebra… (mid) Mild liners They come in 15 colors if you buy the whole entire set. In the whole like, Staedler Triplus, I’m really sorry for messing that, right, versus Stabilo in the end. I thought the orange stick of the stabilo pens was so much cuter ’cause the reviews seemed really close. For my regular everyday black pen I use the Sharpie pen I’m so used to using the Sharpie Black pens on my Moleskine so I just stuck with that because they’re really inexpensive. If you have any favorite bullet journal Instagram profiles tips Things that are working really well for you, please do share them in the comments I’m in a total max absorption mode when it comes to this. I’ll obviously be coming back with more tutorials in the upcoming weeks So look out for that, and I will see you all next time Thanks so much for watching. Bye! This video is made possible by my amazing patreon supporters, if you want to support me on Patreon go to patreon.com/withwendy

100 thoughts on “Bullet Journaling for Beginners (how I started my bullet journal) | WITHWENDY

  1. Sharing a bit of my bullet journal today! If you'd like to see more of a "plan with me" style, let me know? Trying to figure out what to do with this thing I pour all my brains into :O

  2. Yes great advice for 1 pen and 1 highlighter. I always have to make it look pretty to please people but then what's the point? Thanks!!

  3. I love the idea of bullet journaling and I also love watching the videos but I'm the complete opposite!! My mind can't think straight when everything is mushed in one!! Your journal is so cute tho and thanks for the ideas! 🙂

  4. Tbh I think your way of doing this is much easier and simpler than the others 🙂 Keep up the good work!👍🏻💓

  5. Thanks for filming this video! 🙂 It gave me really good ideas from where i should start planning my bullet journal (I has kinda stuck)

  6. Thank you, this video was so helpful! All of the other videos I've watched have been so overwhelming, but you made bullet journaling so simple and easy. 🙂

  7. I don't know what you actually do but you've inspired me to start my bullet journal. You are so articulate and organized. Thank you!

  8. This is the most helpful thing I've watched so far, thanks!

    I also like how you added the "pray for someone" on you goals. I'm not Christian/Catholic but I am Wiccan, I can definitely use this to keep my faith related goals on the right path.

    Thanks again!

  9. Finally a video where the bullet journal/system is NOT perfect from the beginning 😀 I was a little "scared" to "just" start one because I thought 'What if you mess up a page?' But I feel more relaxed now that I've seen your video and growth over the month. I can just adjust the systems to my personal needs over time. No worries 🙂 ♥

  10. Thank you, Wendy! I was excited to learn about bullet journals today. I've already watched several tutorials, but this one takes the cake. Thank you for your calm voice and relaxed approach. I feel like I can take a breath and tackle my to do list now. This may sound corny, but today was rough. Your video, in its own way, made a difference. Thank you for sharing. You helped me today. Take care. 🙂

  11. Fascinated by the idea of bullet journaling for a while now but the issue I have with it is that with the create-as-you-go aspect, it doesn't allow me to write down stuff in advance e.g. project deadline in 2 months, birthdays for the whole year, etc. I mean, I could create a separate year- or monthly pages at the start, but I don't want to have to keep referencing the front pages or recopy out those things into my weekly schedule. Anyone has tips on this?

  12. Thank you for this video!!! Seriously the best bullet journal tutorial I've seen yet. Super well explained and thorough. Like you said, they can look super intimidating/overwhelming but I like your reassurance that you can start slowly and see what works for you as you go. I'm pretty obsessive/compulsive when it comes to writing and if I mess up, no matter how far into it I am I have to start all over so that's what's making me nervous but I want to try. And I love that you added gratitude section!!! I've learned in my life gratitude is so important.
    Thank you again 🙂

  13. Wendy, how much paper do you leave per week or whichever to allow you to get the rest of the months of the year out? Or is it only one month at a time?

  14. This is a really cool concept but I know I sound like a million other people when I say I just don't have time to build something from scratch like that LOL if I could buy one already made LOL I'd be set

  15. Wow ! This looks like my brain, so complex and chaotic. I wish i could do it, but i would spend some much time just on the system that i would never accomplish anything.

  16. Wow ! This looks like my brain, so complex and chaotic. I wish i could do it, but i would spend some much time just on the system that i would never accomplish anything.

  17. after watching a whole lot of videos, yours was the first one that made me feel like I can do this! Ive found that a hybrid of your old system (minus the planner) still works for me cuz I journal a lot and write out a lot of my prayers- but! I love that I can actually take goals from both my work books and journal and incorporate them into my BuJo! thank you so much for creating a video thats simple and relatable

  18. I would love to see some better photos of your pages, not to easy to see in the video. Really loved your lay out. Thank you 🙂

  19. I love the idea of the bullet journal, but I have watched so many videos that including the lovely drawings, the calligraphy, all the lovely colors, etc…..heck, I need a ruler to draw a line, and even then I'm lucky if it turns out straight (which is funny considering all the crafting I do)!!! Your video made more sense than all the others combined. I was so ready to just give up and go back to my old method of post it notes everywhere, and little pieces of paper that I always lost before I got to where I was going! Thank you for pointing out it's best to just start out simply with the basics, which you would think most folks would start at, but like me, if you watch videos, visit websites, you get bombarded with unnecessary information. Again, Thank you.

  20. Was up and ready to do so many fancy things and ended up just not knowing what to do when I opened an empty page. That's when I stumbled across your video and couldn't thank you more for sharing on how you started your journal out! It definitely has helped me with that simple system of having 1 Pen and 1 Highlighter! You just earned 1 more subscriber~!

  21. Getting into bullet journaling and came across your video. I carry a sketchbook, planner, budgeting notebook and personal journal and I've been looking for an efficient way to simplify. I loved this video and subscribe also love your hair!

  22. I can't decide if this would be an awesome journaling tool for me, or if it would overwhelm me even just thinking about how to plan out a page!

  23. just asking.. are this bullet journal suitable to list money tracker? like how much we spend a day or weekly.. if yes, hope you can share about it in next video..

  24. At my old school I had this HUGE 400 point project. I had so much anxiety to get it finished because I would constantly jot down messy notes in my journal and then crossed them off afterwards. This would have been SO helpful last year.

  25. Once you've gotten it set up how long does it take you to complete stuff for each day/week/month? My concern would just be that I wouldn't be able to write in it every day  and get discouraged when I didn't follow through with it. I've tried every kind of planning system and it hasn't worked for me. I am just extremely disorganized. But this looks so cool and if it could work for me I'd be so happy! Good work with the video and thanks for the info 🙂

  26. This is the MOST helpful beginning bullet journaling video I've ever seen! Thank you for your comments about not having to do all the beautiful artwork–I just needed to do something functional!  Thanks for all the inspo!!

  27. Is the first time that a watch your videos and i like, but i would like to ask you, what tombow brand do you use for to paint your drawing. I from Peru, so my English is not very good. I hope you can help me. thanks

  28. Just in the process of researching Bullet Journals and loving the idea of it. Do you have a new video at all with how it's going now?

  29. Thank you so much. Your video is so helpful. Been searching for the right video on bullet journaling to help me. Yours was the most helpful.

  30. Hi @withwendy I just got introduced to bullet journaling while shopping for a new journal and your video helped a lot! Thanks for all the info 🙂 I'm also starting a channel where I do content that promotes positive girl power and would love to talk to you about that 🙂 is there a way to get in touch with you?

  31. I love your “pray for someone” area!! I ordered my bullet journal yesterday & I’m browsing for inspiration. I think that’s something I’ll definitely incorporate into mine! I think it’ll be beneficial in a lot of ways. Thanks for sharing!

  32. You're literally like the future me. I love you so much. I love bullet journaling and sewing too.your so beautiful 😍

  33. I only found this video because I got a bullet journal, little did I know I was stumbling onto a sewing channel! I've been wanting to do dressmaking for quite some time so this has worked out great for me! xD

  34. Thank you for this video! I've been putting off bullet journaling because all I've seen are really artistic/complicated ones and it seemed like such a chore. I love the way you did yours' and it is much more realistic for a beginner.

  35. Thank you for the walk-thru about how you initially used it, how it evolved to fit your lifestyle, and your reflections – pros and cons. No one really puts into such a succinct review especially in terms of productivity and measuring progress towards goals. Thank you for this! P.S. Yes, I agree – all the attempts at artistry was too intimidating for me. I'm using your dot system, grateful + excited for, and using weeklies more of an end-of-the-week intentions: love, gratitude, discovery and mindshift.

  36. you're soooo annoying (IN A GOOOD WAYYYY!) you're adorable and organized and talented! thanks for this vid…you inspire me!

  37. oh my god I LOVE your hair! and your overall style!!!! you look so centered, stylish and elegant. Loved the video <3

  38. I loved this video. It was very helpful and I got myself one. I didn’t want to start bc it seemed really complicated. Thanks for your tips

  39. Awesome and thoughtful/logical. My other fav "journaler" who is practical and insightful is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAP2bcepyzAKlxIotZqznsg

  40. I really like how this starts out very basic and you add features as you need them. I tried to start out bullet journaling over a year ago and got too overwhelmed! You have given me the inspiration to try again! 🙂

  41. Instead on the right side I would put My goals for this month but label it MY GOALS

    BUT THE REST WAS AMAZING 👏👌👍

  42. This video is so greaaaatt. I FINALLY started bullet journaling too and I have been asked so many times about why I do it and what it is all about. I wrote a blog post about it too http://lifestylebuster.com/2018/05/18/benefits-of-journaling/ do check it out 🙂

  43. Okay, so every moth I put my friends birthdays in. For example: January’s month, I do all my goals and to do lists then on a separate page, I writes down January’s birthdays in a bubble. I then write my friends/family’s names down in a separate bubble and connect it with a line. (Probably made no sense lol)

  44. I love journaling and go through phases of journaling. 💕 Have kept a daily journal for a few years, also sporadic journaling. With my pace of life, right now (home with my 18 month old and 7 week old), I find journaling just takes up too much time and is counter productive for me personally; I would end up feeling anxiety about not being able to write in my journal everyday. 😅 I do love a good to do list, either daily, if I need to order my thoughts or long term; posted on the fridge. Also have a little black book for video ideas.

  45. Thank you so much for this, I just started and am keeping it really simple too, i was trying way too hard to try doodling and everything from the beginning but that wasn’t making me motivated to journal it was just chaos to figure out what to draw lol
    i tried a set planner first too and it wasn’t for me, i note take too much for one small section a day.
    i love your simple bullet journal layouts!!!!

  46. I got a mini bullet journal at hobby lobby for 7 dollars. I came to this video because I really want to start a bullet journal

  47. Hey Wendy, would you mind going over your storyboard setup?
    I come up with random ideas for scenes/scenarios that I'd love to incorporate into the bullet-journal… Maybe you might have a suggestion (or 2) on what might help/work in organizing these kinda brain-storm moments? Thanks for creating!!

  48. waaaatttt! I spend more time on the bullet journal than I do doing my stuff!!! Naaaa not 4 me. Thanks! got
    overwhelmed with all you said. LOL

  49. Wow! I feel much better about starting one!!! I was just introduced to bullet journals and other sites made it a bit intimidating for me to move along with it. Your video has definitely given me a confidence boost and my first month (December) has already been started.

  50. There are so many BuJo videos out there for beginners that it can be overwhelming, but I always want to refer back to yours as your instructions are simple and practical for beginners, and you don't try to dress it up for us. Just what I need! Always love your way of laying out instructions and tips Wendy. Thanks for this video.

  51. Loved this video. It definitely took some pressure off. By that I mean, you don’t have to stick with one thing and you can find out what works and doesn’t work. Thank you!!

  52. I don't know if a bullet journal is for me, but I love how, in this age of all things digital, an analogue tool has been adopted by you young things! It can't get hacked, it can't be made public unless YOU say so, it's totally personal and private 😉

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