Ask an Adviser - Creating a Basic Budget

How do I go about creating a basic budget? Should I look at my budget spending over a week, a month, a year, or my pay period? When I've created budgets in the past I've gotten very granular, and then it seems like so much information it is difficult to find ways or places to cut back... How can this be simplified? And in terms of sticking to a budget, do you have any recommendations for how to do this?