My Bullet Journal Setup 2017


(upbeat music) – Hey guys, it’s Amanda,
welcome back to my channel. And today I’m gonna be doing
the bullet journal video that I promised you guys. You guys kept asking me to do a set up and flip through video, so that’s what I’m gonna be
doing for you guys today. Also, keep in mind that this
is my first bullet journal ever so I’m kinda just jumping in to it and I’m very new but, obviously it’s gonna change and evolve as time goes on. I hope you guys enjoy and if
you wanna see my bullet journal set up then just keep watching. So, of course, let’s
start off with what I use. The bullet journal that I
use is the Leuchtturm1917 dotted A5 journal, and I think this one’s the most popular amongst the bullet journal community. The pages on the inside are ink proof so I find that ink doesn’t
bleed whenever I write on it which is very, very important to me. And, as you can see on the front, I just added this little lace trim sticker along the side as well
as I used a gold Sharpie to write 2017 on the front just for a added little decoration. Next up, we have the pens
that I use the most often which are the Faber
Castell Pitt artist pens, and then occasionally if
I want some gray accents I will use these Copic Multiliners in the shade cool gray. I have 0.3 as well as the brush. Lastly, for more colorful
and decorative things I will use these Copic Markers and I just have multiple pastel shades. Those are pretty much
the materials that I use for my bullet journal, but let’s move on to the exciting part which is the inside of the journal. So, when you first open up you, of course, see my name, but then on the very
first page we have my key. Now, if you’re not familiar
with the bullet journal system I really do suggest you see, I think his name is Ryder Caroll’s video, he’s sort of the inventor of the whole bullet journal system, so he is the one who created these keys and I just sort of stick
to the classic symbols, nothing fancy. Basically I use a dot to signify a task, and then I turn it in to an
x when the task is complete. If I want to migrate an
event to a later date I turn it in to a right arrow, and if I want to schedule it
for sometime in the future I will turn it in to a left arrow, if the event it canceled
I will cross it off, if it’s an open circle
that means it’s an event, if it’s dash it’s a note, and then if it’s a star it’s a priority. And don’t worry, I know this
is a little overwhelming at first but I will sort of explain later how I use each of these
and how I find it helpful. Next over here we have the index, what’s awesome about this journal is that it comes with pre-made pages which is great because you
don’t need to go with a ruler and make your own lines and everything. And basically this is used as you sort of fill up your journal and you keep going back and filling in the page numbers of important pages and the idea is that you won’t have to flip through your book looking for a page where you wrote something down, you can just refer to this and then flip to the
corresponding page number, which is another thing
I wanted to touch on, every single page in
this journal is numbered so, again, you don’t need to do anything, all of the work is done for you. Oh yeah, by the way, I actually skipped the first blank page because I watched this bullet
journal video that said that her index filled up quite quickly, so, to avoid any issues I wanted to skip this page so that
if my table of contents filled up I could just make my own. So, the first actual spread we have is the year long future log. So this is sort of like my
overview of the entire year, so I have the month on the left, and then I have events that
may happen on the right, and I did this for all
12 months of this year. Don’t really like to go
crazy with the decorations or the crazy colors, I kinda like things minimal and simple, so of course it’s not that filled up yet because the year has just started but, I already have some important dates like birthdays and holidays,
that sort of thing. So this is kind of like the big boy, the big overview calendar, any set in stone dates that
I really need to remember. Then, after the future log, we have my new years resolution page, again, it is not filled up yet because the new year just started, but I plan on just putting
my new year resolutions down. I think it’s kind of
good idea to write down your new year resolutions so
that you’re held accountable. I never used to write them down but I think this is a good year to start. And then on the other
side over here we have my watch and read list. So this is just a list
where I can put like films, T.V. shows, and books, that
I want to watch or read, and as I go along I can cross them out or add to the list, that sort of thing. So after that is the first monthly spread, so this is for the month
of January, of course, this is again, sort of like
a trial and error period because it’s my first bullet journal and I don’t know what is
the most effective for me, so as of right now I have the
vertical month long set-up, I know some people like this method and some people like this method. So, to kind of figure out
what I like I did both for this month. Who know if it’s gonna stay that way, I might just stick to one or the other, but as of right now I kinda have both. So, I’ll start off with this page, of course, I just have
January written on the top. I have the days written
out all the way down here and then I have the day of the
week written all next to it so if it’s Sunday the first,
that’s the first line. And then I kinda did
it a little differently and I split up the two
columns in to personal, which is just sort of like events or appointments that I have, or things to do, and then I have my YouTube
side which is going to be for my posting schedules,
videos that I have to upload, maybe Instagram pictures I have to upload, that sort of thing, so I just wanted to divide the two. Right now, with the way that
the bullet journal system is sort of set-up I kind of foresee using this method the most, because you’re able to use
the bullet point system and everything, but it’s just kind of nice to
see the lay-out of the month and everything so I have that over there. And then below the monthly
calendar we have the monthly future log, and again, if you haven’t seen
the initial bullet journal video this might be a
little confusing for you, I will try to explain
it as best as I can but, the monthly future log is basically things that you have to do that might not have a specific set in stone date, so this is kinda like your
to-do list for the month, and then whenever you’re
setting up your weekly spreads you can look back on this list and think is there anything on this
list that I can do that week, or that day? And it just kind of helps with your productivity and everything. So yeah, that’s my current
monthly spread lay out, I kind of foresee myself
referring back to this page a lot and I do think I’m gonna keep
the first little book mark on this page, by the way, this notebook
comes with two of these ribbon things so that you can keep track of two different pages, which is awesome. After the monthly spread
we have the trackers, which is very popular
amongst bullet journalists, I don’t know if that’s the technical term, but I’ve watched a lot of videos and many people seem to
have these habit trackers and expense trackers and I was like, you know what maybe that would be a good
idea to start tracking, especially for the new year. But first up we have my
habit tracker over here so I have the days of the month, sort of just written all
along the side of the page, and then on the left most
column I have all of the habits that I want to keep
myself accountable for and sort of keep track of. So we have working out, eating no junk, spending no money, that sort of thing, and then, on the days that
that happens I will fill it in these little boxes, and since it’s dotted it’s super easy to fill in the boxes and everything, and the goal is to sort of
color in the whole thing, hopefully. And then below the habit
tracker we have the mood tracker which is another thing
that I found interesting when I was watching all of
these bullet journal videos, I would of never thought to track my mood but it’s kind of a good way
to see how your month is going and the goal is, again, to
keep it as high as possible because you want to be in
the best mood as possible, but those are sort of
like my lifestyle trackers and then over here on this side we have my expense and income trackers. So this I think is going to help me a lot because I really wanna start
budgeting my money correctly, and I feel like writing
it down helps you a lot, especially nowadays when it’s just easy to swipe your credit card, I think it’s nice to sort of write down and see how much money you’re spending, how much money you’re gaining. I’m excited to see if this will actually help me spend less money, or maybe it’ll just
make me feel more guilty for spending the money that I do but, as you can see here I just have the date, where I’ll just put the
date of any transaction, description where I’ll just describe what I spent my money on, and then plus or minus, and that’s where I’ll put the amounts, and then at the end of the
month I plan on calculating it and seeing how much I spent
and how much I gained, and hopefully it’ll give me
a little bit of perspective. After this page I have
my video ideas page, and my portfolio ideas page, so these are just blank pages, and it’s just sort of gonna
be an area where I can brain dump whatever video
ideas I have for that month. And I decided to throw in
portfolio ideas because, if you guys didn’t know,
I’m applying to University and I wanna just have an area
where I can brain storm ideas, so, this is gonna be sort
of like my brain dump page and I probably will have more
of these throughout the month but I thought it would
just be good to have one at the very beginning of the month just to set everything up. So after this page we have
there very first weekly and daily spreads. Now these are nothing fancy
because these are probably the pages that you have
to set up the most often so, for example, the weekly spread, I set up at the beginning of every week, and then of course the daily
spreads you just sort re-write your days as you go along. So, of course this one
says Monday the 2nd, but once I finish this
list I can just write Tuesday the 3rd and just keep going. And you might be wondering
why I have a weekly spread as well as a daily spread, and this is sort of the
reason why I was drawn to the bullet journal system and why I thought it would be
good for me to start using it because I really like
the funneling aspect of the to do list. We have our yearly log,
which is this page over here, we have our monthly
log, which is over here, we have our weekly log, and
then we have our daily log, and that seems like really overwhelming but I will show you guys. Let’s do a demo of how this would work, so, it’s January right now
but let’s say I have an event that’s planned in April and
you don’t have your April monthly log set up already
because you don’t want to like, obviously set up your
whole bullet journal at once. So, you’ll just sort of
write that in so that when you’re setting up
your April monthly log you can put that in and refer to this and see if you have anything
else you need to put in. As you can see this week is
from the second to the eighth, so what I do when I first
set this weekly spread up at the beginning of the week is I checked back on the monthly spread and see if there’s anything
already pre-scheduled in here that I need to put in my weekly spread. And I know a lot of people
don’t do these weekly spread because they find it kind of redundant with these daily things, but I just kind of like
to see a weekly overview so that’s why I have this, so that on Monday I can still see what I have to do on Sunday, for example. Then, of course, we have
these daily sections which is sort of more for
rapid bullet journaling, word vomit, anything
that comes to your brain that you think you might need to do, you put this on your list, which is awesome because
sometimes it’s a small thing that you might not find
it necessary to write in your monthly log over here, but it’s sort of just
like pick up groceries, and that sort of thing, so that’s what these sections are for. The awesome thing about
bullet journaling is that you set it up at your own pace and however you want. So, let’s say for Monday the
2nd this is all I have to do, I can just start Tuesday
the 3rd right below it. I know it can be a little confusing and overwhelming at first, it definitely took my quite a bit of time to wrap my head around the system, and how I would use it, but keep in mind you can
customize this to your liking, I just like having it sort
of like a funnel system. Essentially when you’re writing your list you are referring to one level
up in terms of the hierarchy, so when you’re writing your dailies you’ll refer to your weeklies, when you’re setting up your weeklies you refer to your monthlies, and then when you’re
setting up your monthlies you refer to your yearly thing, so I know it’s very repetitive
but that’s kind of the point of bullet journaling. It helps you increase productivity and sort of realize what is important and what must be done for that day, for that week, or for that month. So I’m just gonna do a
quick little example, so let’s say on Tuesday I
want to film a haul video. But then I realized, you know what, there’s not enough time for
me to do it so I can either change it to a right arrow, the right arrow means
migrating it to a future day, so let’s say I want to film
the haul on Wednesday instead, now, since I haven’t started
setting up my Wednesday daily section because
Tuesday’s not over yet I will write “film a haul” over here on the weekly section over here so that when I’m setting
up my Wednesday one I can remember to write
“film a haul” right there. Now, let’s say for some reason
I don’t wanna film the haul this week but I do wanna
film the haul this month, so I will change it to the left arrow, and then I will head
over to my monthly spread and I will either write
“film haul” over here on the future log if
there’s no specific date that I wanna do it on, or if there is a specific
date I will write it over here on the date that I want to film it. So, let’s say I wanna film it on the 14th, that way when I’m setting
up my weekly spread during the week of the 14th I can refer back to this and see oh, on the 14th I need to film the haul. That’s sort of like a
quick run down of how the bullet journal system works, or at least it’s gonna be working for me. Again, everyone uses it
in their own specific way and that’s the beauty of
the bullet journal system is that it’s very customizable. So this is sort of how I have
it planned out in my head, again, I’m a first timer so I’m sure everything’s
gonna change and evolve as I realize what I like
to do and what I prefer. Let me know if you guys
wanna see an update video. So I hope you guys found
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great, productive day, and I will talk to you in my next video. Bye guys. (upbeat music)

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