Hey everyone today we have something new on the channel I’m going to be showing you my minimalist bullet journal setup for 2019 And if you’ve never heard of bullet journaling before it’s basically a very flexible Analog system that helps you keep track of your goals Your to-do’s, your schedule and also your significant events and milestones as a way to stay organized and motivated We are going to do a flip through of this notebook So if you just want to get inspired, or maybe you want to learn how to start a bullet journal yourself You’ve come to the right place. I’ll teach you and you also get to see how I plan my weeks and my content schedule Alright, let’s dive in So up until recently I’ve never been a big journaling person myself to be honest I’ve always used several digital planners to keep track of my tasks and to stay organized But I’ve never been able to find a single one that fits my life well, and that really works for me and therefore I’ve been mixing and matching several ones at the same time What made me start this bullet journal is that you get to create your own system according to your life. The journal is empty before you use it. So you get to decide what it looks like and what you want to incorporate I’m also a bit of a stationary geek myself. So that’s part of why I love it, too I’m using the Leuchturm 1917 notebook. I hope I’m pronouncing this somewhat right. It is a special bullet edition, after doing some research. This one seemed like a good choice I especially love that the pages are dotted instead of lined and also that the pages are already numbered I will link it in the description if you want to take a look as well as some of the other videos that I used for inspiration but really you can use any notebook that you love Alright opening up the journal onto the first page which is a key This is already filled in because this is a bullet journal edition But you can decide if you want to use a key or not and you can just add it to your notebook. I find it quite useful you can do a simple dot for a task. You can cross an item through if you’ve completed it You can also migrate tasks back and forward through the weeks Which is a standard part of bullet journaling Then you can use a line to add a note a circle to add an event Cross through a specific task if it turns out to be irrelevant or give a task priority by adding a little star This notebook leaves room for entry of your own keys as well and you can just add this to your own notebook Moving on to the next page this notebook comes with a few notes Explaining how bullet journaling works giving you a few pointers, and then there is an index This is already filled in but again, you can just add this to your own notebook if you want I find it quite useful because since this notebook is empty from the start as you’re adding pages to it You want to be able to find them in the future easily and that’s where the index is for So whenever you add a new page to your notebook you add it to the index as well with the page number Moving on to the next page we get to my future log and the future log is an important part of any bullet journal So it has basically an overview for the entire year And since I started my bullet journal in October, I started my future log in October as well And then I added all the months of 2019 as well Now the future log as I said is an overview for the entire year You can choose what you want to add and how you want it to look It’s important to not add everything you’ve got going on in every month into this overview. Only the important things that you don’t want to forge. You can add them in here and I drew those little calendars on myself And I really like how this came out. I added all the months up 2019 to this overview as well and then we get to the next page which is a Quote by Lao Tzu nature does not hurry yet Everything is accomplished and I really love this quote and I wanted to add it to my notebook to remind myself that Yes, it is good to be productive. Yes It’s great to get things done But it’s also really nice to take breaks to not take everything too seriously and to also take time To let things take their natural course instead of forcing them to become quicker or better which is something that I find really very helpful Moving on to the next page we get to my monthly log or monthly schedule and you can decide what you want to incorporate in it and how you want to design it I choose to get a content calendar because that’s obviously very important to me This is not filled in completely yet, because I wanted my content to be a surprise so I only filled in the last three videos that are already up and I chose to incorporate every day of the month, even though I usually upload only on Saturdays this way I can have flexibility if I want to change a day or if you want to add another video I can always pencil this in and then I went ahead and added a little index So that my to-do’s for the videos become a little bit more broken down. I added scripted filmed edited information (so that’s the description and the thumbnail and the tags and all that) Schedule the video Twitter and added it to my website this way I can have all kinds of little to do’s that I can just check off whenever I’ve completed them which feels very nice, and then I made this content calendar for the rest of the year as well And Then is where we come to my lists And the first list that I added is a video ideas list which used to be on my phone, but I really like that it’s in my notebook now. Whenever I get inspiration or an idea for a video I can add it to this list I don’t have to grab my phone I can just grab my notebook and pencil it in there, which is something that I really love I’m guessing these three pages will get full quite fast But then I can always add new ones later on Moving on from this list we get to the next one, which is a YouTube learning’s list so whenever I watch a video on YouTube about how to make videos or how to optimize search engine results, things like that I can add it to my YouTube Learnings list so that I won’t forget or if I have something to check out maybe a new camera app or new YouTube analytics studio, I’ll add it to this list so that I won’t forget. Next up. We have a few more lists on the left we have a books list Whenever I hear or read about a book that I want to read I can add it to this list I have a specific section for fiction books as well as nonfiction books and then on the right I have a “don’t forget to” list. I really love this one I used to be someone who had post-its and small refrigerator notes everywhere Things that I didn’t want to forget and now I can just add them to this list in my notebook And I know that I won’t forget them and I can just let go of thinking about them, which is very helpful for managing stress On the next page I have my wish list I’ve talked about this on a channel before whenever I feel like I want something or need something I can add it to my wish list and I added it to my notebook as well First up is a category for my wardrobe. Then I have a category for my home then I have a separate category for everything regards to my channel and then I have an other category so basically anything that doesn’t fit in those other three ones and I find it very helpful to break down everything on my wish list this way and just ponder whether or not to actually go and get it Or scratch it out if I change my mind. And after all these lists we get to the next page, which is my weekly calendar I filled this in for 2018 every week gets its own page. This is something that a lot of youtubers do differently I decided to do a one page for each week and only write a to-do list for that week . This way I can be flexible of when I’m going to do these tasks. I don’t want to actually fill in my days Beforehand. I’d like to be a little bit flexible with my to-do list and then I added a little note section as well. If anything comes up in a specific week that I need to take into account when planning my tasks, I can write it in that little note section below. Now, this was actually pretty quick to set up. One page took me around a minute and a half for each week, and I really like that because a lot of weekly spreads I’ve found on YouTube look really really really pretty But they take up lots of time to make and I found that I’d rather spend the time doing the actual tasks on my list Then making my weekly spread. So this is how I chose to design it right now And if I want to change something for 2019, I can always do that later. I chose to not add everything to this list So for example cleaning or exercising, these are things that I’m doing basically every day So I decided to not add them to my to-do list Because I wanted to have it simple and short, and not feel overwhelmed by all my tasks. So I’m only adding the things that I really want to do work-wise or personal-wise that don’t really recur on a daily basis. Alright, let’s flip through to the last page of my notebook as of today Which is the start of 2019 and I chose to end this year and start the new year with another quote that I really love Start where you are use what you have Do what you can. I really love this because again it reminds me that it is okay to accept where we are today To accept that there are things that are out of our control and just accept where you’re at and just do what you can. I find it very motivating and it helps me to not want to force things to be different or better or faster, and just do what I can and enjoy my days and enjoy the process. As always, thanks for watching. Give the video a big thumbs up if you want to help out, it really helps. And subscribe if you haven’t already I hope to see you all again next week. Have a great day. Bye bye

100 thoughts on “MINIMALIST BULLET JOURNAL SETUP 2019 | Flip Through

  1. Lovely, I like that you just have a weekly list and not a daily layout. I think I prefer it that way, but most of the journals I seen have the daily layout!

  2. Thank you Vera, I really appreciate because it really IS a minimalist version of a bullet journal, and I agree with what you say about spending more time on other priorities of mine than spending a lot of time designing it. I certainly will use some of your tricks to build mine, which I currently have in mind !

  3. So, if I am already using a planner- do I need a bullet journal too? Would both be too much? The planner I have now has date till next August. But, it is not blank pages. It has a small box for each day where I can note down what to do.

  4. This video is so great!!! I may ACTUALLY be able to overcome my page fright and perfectionism and start my journal finally.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful content…surely would make one for myself and it would definitely help me in bringing the best out of me….thank you once again

  6. Hi Vera nice video, but honestly speaking, your previous videos are much better, the fragrance is missing in here. anyway keep on doing great work.

  7. I love this video !!!! I found that I was using too much money for leather planners and I want one book I can archive and look back on. This video was so inspiring and simple!!!

  8. Wow I love how simple this..i never thought about setting it up like that..its not it..I'm going to use this idea

  9. Your video gave me inspiration for starting my own bullet journal💗 and you pronounced it pretty well actually (its always funny how non germans pronounce the word)😁

  10. I love how you design your journal, it's so well organized and functional with aesthetics! It's was delightful to flip through the pages, thank you Vera for sharing another inspiring video:) I think I will try your journal system as well!

  11. Hi, I just found your channel 😊 instantly subscribed and liked this video, love the content you have in your channel! I like how you set up your bullet journal in such a beautiful yet simplistic way. ❤ though only one teeny tiny complaint: I came here for 2019 set up (according to your video title) but there was only one page of it, the 2019 quote. The title is a bit misleading as you didn't actually set up 2019 yet in this video 😅 thanks for the inspiration though!! 😘❤

  12. Hi everyone, I've been getting some questions about the 2019 setup, so I'd like to answer them here. 🙂
    I started this notebook in October 2018 and filled it in for these last three months of 2018, as well as for the entire year of 2019. The future log and monthly log (in my case content calendar) are already filled in entirely for 2019, as I showed in the video. The weekly spreads are filled in for 3 months and I will continue to use exactly that same format for 2019 as well. The lists are also the same setup, I'm going to use them in 2019 and once they are full I'm just going to copy them exactly as they are. So the notebook is already in the 2019 setup. 🙂

    Thanks for watching, happy bullet journaling!

  13. This was a video about bulletjournaling with good tips for me……that week on one page is what I will go for next time. I like to have an overview of the tasks but I want only future and daily log so this small and quick weekly is the solution I think.

  14. I love love love love my bullet journal and the fact that it's possible to make so personal. Thank you for sharing this, so interesting to see what others create.

  15. Really liked this. It makes me feel better about my own bujo. To be honest I had to diy memo sized bujos because I felt I was wasting so much paper by not filling up the entire page. But this seriously helps me. Thank you so much.

  16. New subbie here please check out my channel too and can't wait to see more of your videos xoxo loving your channel girl

  17. I really enjoyed your video and your neat yet very pretty set up. It reminds me of my own bujo. I can’t draw very well, so I can’t really take inspiration from the most of the journals I see on YouTube, yours is perfect!

  18. Seeing your minimalistic and simple bullet journal is like a breath of fresh air! Though I am an artist myself, you won’t find ANY art in my journal. I need it to be as simple as possible (as well as my apartment and clothes). That way I don’t have anything cluttering my view and my mind, and it’s so much easier to be focused.

  19. Out of all the bullet journal videos I have watched, yours is definitely my favorite! I love watching people design their journal, but I constantly find myself thinking I could never keep that up and I would never use that spread. Yours is so practical and definitely minimalistic and I will be doing that for mine! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  20. Love this. I was considering bullet journaling but felt overwhelmed having to come up with weekly spreads and daily logs seem too restrictive when certain things just get done when you can squeeze them, so this weekly running to-do list is great! Can also add my kids stuff as well and anything else you want to track weekly right there on one neat page. Great idea! You’ve inspired me to try it!

  21. I found this "minimalist" version really helpful; for me the actual bullet journal method seemed overwhelming, especially with all the extra decoration people put in, but I also thought it might be useful for me too.

    Definitely gonna give this a go now, thanks 🙂👍

  22. Most of the videos i saw about bullet journal use Leuchtturm 1917. What's the difference between others notebook for bullet journaling?

  23. I've been bullet journaling for YEARS, and could never find a way to have a simple weekly spread because sometimes i really don't need a day to day spread, your method is a game changer! Thank you!

  24. I’ve been watching a lot of bullet journal videos, but yours is definitely the one that has been most inspiring to me. Thank you so much. I’ve been wanting to start, and your setup is the one that suits my lifestyle best. Certainly simple, happy and zen.

  25. I don't think I have use for a bullet journal, but I love how simple your set up is. It makes more sense than other videos I have seen.

  26. Nice. This is about the 6th video on bullet journals I’ve watched and this is very, very, good. Thank you for being straightforward about the topic. Others have made it look like a art contest. I’d spend all my time decorating my journals instead of having them help my life.

  27. This was an absolutely fantastic video. Would you mind telling me what type of pen you prefer for journal writing? I struggle with this small but important detail.

  28. Awesome video! I love the simplicity of your journal. You are the first person i see that does weekly spreads like i do. A day-to-day schedule is not always necessary. Thank you

  29. All of the other bullet journal videos I’ve watched look amazing but very intimidating to a novice with all the fancy artwork and stationary used. This is the first one I’ve seen that makes me feel like I would be able to make a maintainable and useful journal personal to me that will also look beautiful. Thank you for this video, it’s been very inspirational x

  30. Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to set up my bullet Journal for the past two weeks 😅NO JOKE it was such a challenge I found myself starting over too many times there's a buncha different styles you see in other journal tutorials and to top it off my handwriting is not effortlessly blessed 😕lol anyways the simplicity you went over helped me out alot!😄👍💖

  31. Thank you so much for making this video! I need to get myself organized and have been looking for a system that doesn't make me feel overwhelmed. I've bought planners that I didn't use as I should for 2 years now and have watched a few bullet journaling videos that were very overwhelming because of how intricate and fancy they are. I felt dizzy. I just want something simple and at the same time, a little more structured than just a list, which is how I've been doing it. Your minimalist bullet journal seems like a good start for me. Thank you for the inspiration!

  32. I LOVE the weekly spread idea! I get so hung up on spending too much time creating a daily spread and then have some days where I do NOTHING. A weekly spread makes so much more sense!

  33. Thank you for this video. I watched soo many and yours was the most beneficial for getting me started. I started my first simple bullet journal today. Thank you! For your help

  34. I don't know why you can possibly receive dislikes for such kind of video. Thank you! Although I can't use all of your contents, I still learned a lot from you. Especially, I loved how you explained the quotation "start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can." It was truly inspiring and motivating. Keep the positive vibes up! God bless to you and your channel.

  35. I feel like the bullet journal was invented for me. I worked for about 25 years and used day planner every year. I never truly loved any planner. I felt it never met my need and I was boxed to what was in the journal…. does anyone know how long the bullet journal has been around…. Vera, I love your channel. Your content is always above par, your insightful and your voice is so calming. Th am you.

  36. Omg. I have a couple of bullet journals now from Archer and Olive and I have literally just been opening them up and staring at them… Flipping through the pages and not knowing where to start. Your method is the one I am using now to start. Thank you! 🌟

  37. Great video! I love that your pages are simple and practical and don't take a lot of time to embellish. BTW, I think that quote you have, "Start where you are…." is by tennis player Arthur Ashe. I love that quote! Also quotes by Lao Tzu.


  39. FINALLY, the perfect bullet journal tutorial! So many I've seen are so decorated & busy that you can't even see what you need to see – your schedule! I mean, isn't that the whole purpose of a journal/planner? TFS!

  40. I love your video! You know tbh I want to start a bullet journal since I'm a freshman this year and when I searched in youtube those minimalist-low budget-easy to do-no burden bullet journal inspiration, I only found 2 videos, and 1 of it is yours^^ like really, in my room I only have binder as the notebook (it's gift though hahaa), a sticky notes, a black and blue and red pen, a pack of 12 color pencils and 2 packs of crayon. I think I will buy some highlighter:)

  41. If you need to make a key, then you're probably using items not common to you. Do your own thing and make it so simple that making keys and indexes aren't necessary

  42. So far, this one is best fit for some beginners like me to do bullet journal. Thank you ❣️ very simple unlike the others ❣️

  43. Love this video! Thanks for sharing your bullet journal layout and approach to managing your videos. Great job! Xo

  44. Great idea to do a weekly list per page! I never though of doing that, and haven’t seen other journalers do it. I am “borrow” it! 🌸

  45. Oh, wow! I have never heard of bullet journal before, but your video inspired me so much, I started it right away. OK, my lovely notebook isn't "bullet journal edition" and I can't draw but I love it!
    A simple format which is great for me and can be easily incorporated in yours too, is dividing horizontally each week. I use the Work, Academia, Home, Blog tasks and makes my life so much easier!

    Thank you so much!

  46. hello Vera. My days are really super full of activity because I am an entrepreneur and I have an artisan company. My work commitments include: purchase of materials, payment of suppliers, accounting, organization of work, paying attention to deadlines for deliveries, shipments, invoices, meetings with potential customers, contracts, contacts with customers all over the world, replying to emails, to phone calls, production of products that are all made by hand (so I have to sand, paint, assemble, place decals and stickers ..) … And besides all this I take care of my animals (6 cats, 1 dog, 1 parrot) , of the house (shopping, cleaning, bills, repairs, etc.) and I attend an Academy of Theater so I also have to practice acting. In the evening I always walk an hour. Needless to say, around 9.00pm I'm exhausted. Do you think the BJ could help me sort out this chaos or would it take me too long to organize it? So far I have always used a pre-printed weekly diary (for example Moleskine), but I notice that often the space to mark everything is too skimpy. In the meantime I approached minimalism just to get more order around me and less stress. Thanks for your valuable advice!

  47. They say “birds of a feather flock together” …watching your videos is like seeing my own reflection .. I have been handwriting my training journal for many years and have a calendar where I mark off the days.. I write a daily plan on my days off and use the trusty Stabilo Boss hilighters too 😀 🏄🏽‍♂️💦🇦🇺

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