Without my bullet journal, I would be lost. Especially when it comes to studying. Over the last years, I have been heavily relying on my bullet journal making sure I won’t forget important due dates and keep an overview of my study progress. In this video, I want to show you how I use my bullet journal to keep on top of things and stay productive. I hope some of my tips might help you to be as well.
One of my goals for 2020 is to read more books. I have always loved to read but forgot about it for the last couple of years. I never knew what to read and so I barely read anything at all. But every time I did pick a book I remembered how much I love to it. There is something about good books that lets you completely forget everything and dive into the story as if you were a part of it and I absolutely love that feeling. I started to follow a lot of bookstagramers on Instagram because I find pictures of colorful arranged books very pleasing to look at. It also makes me want to read more. For 2020 I want to at least read one book a month and to help reach my goal I set up a couple of spreads in my bullet journal, which I want to share with you today.
Books To Read
Of course, I needed a “Books To Read” spread in my bullet journal. I actually started this list almost a year ago and started off my year with two books from it. I already finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and right now I am reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. What are you currently reading?
This week I want to share my October bullet journal set up with you. I am going back to university soon and I am already planning the coming semester. If you want to know how I set up my bujo for university please check out my blog as I posted about this along with a list of prompts for you last week.
Back to school season may be over but I still have four more weeks until I go back to university. I will start my third semester in Octobre which is insane because I still feel like I just started my first one. The good news is I still love university as much as I did on day one. Once a nerd, always a nerd. But that is not what I want to talk about this week. A couple days ago motivation hit me and I started planning the upcoming semester in my journals. I know I am late to the party but this week I want to show you how I prepare for back to school and besides I think you can still start planning when you are already back at school.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 7, 2019
This week I finally started my 2nd Semester at university and that means it is time to pick up my bullet journal again. Over the last two months I barely picked it up and didn’t make any weekly spreads. I didn’t have much to do but now that I am back at Uni there is a lot of planning that needs to be done.
Planning my weekly Routine
With the new semester comes a new schedule and I also decided to sign up for Yoga and a Spanish class which means my weekly routine is completely messed up. This is why I started with getting an overview of when I am supposed to be where.
Planning extra class dates and exams
Besides my weekly classes I also have three extra sittings that I need to be at. I included those and my exam dates on the right side of my schedule but also added all those dates to my future log. This way I will definietly remember those important dates.
Adjusting my weekly spreads
With classes back on I also have a lot of uni related to-dos I need to get done during the week like class related reading and reviewing my notes. This means in addition to my daily and weekly to-do lists I also include a uni to-do list in my weekls spreads again. For the first week it already turned out to be very long and I ran out of space on my spread.
Planning my blog posts
Since I have been working on my self hosted website, which I am hoping to get done before May, I decided it is time to plan my blog posts again. Last semester I didn’t really plan them and it ended up to be very stressfull. I want to keep up weekly posting so I set up a Blog tracker.
On the left I want to plan when I plan to post which blog post so I can plan ahead and include related to-dos in my weekly spreads. On the right side I am going to keep track of my ideas because I always forget them if I don’t write them down. Is there anything you would like me to include on that list?
Looking at those spreads I am actually very happy with how they look and hope they keep me motivated to stay on track with everything this semester. What does hel you with staying on track with your school work?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on January 21, 2018
Recently I have been really annoyed with my Bullet Journal Spreads because I did not have a lot to write in. Most of my weekly spreads were pretty empty. This is why I decided to switch some things up as you might have seen already in my latest plan with me video. I know that a lot of people have the same problem as I have and today I want to show you a couple of ideas I came up with for my Bullet Journal
Monthly Tracking Ideas
Every Month I track my journaling and studying habit in my Bullet Journal. If you have been following this blog for a while you probably have seen this type of tracker because I review it on this blog every month.
My blog tracker helps me a lot with collecting blog post ideas and planning ahead. Since I found a blog tracker that is working for me I finally manage to post regularly and at least twice a week.
In December I decided I wanted to develop a meditation habit. I called it my month of meditation. To motivate myself I made a special tracker for meditating and it worked really good. If you have a habit you want to develop it is a great idea to create a separate monthly tracker for this habit.
Monthly to-do list
Something I really like is having a monthly to-do list. You can go back to that list whenever you work on your weekly spreads and put some of your monthly to-dos down for that week. It helps with keeping an overview of all the things you have to get done over a longer period of time.
Other monthly tracking ideas
goals for this month
Weekly Tracking Ideas
If you are still going to school weekly spreads are great for keeping an overview of your homework. Whenever I get homework I write them down on the date they were given and once I have finished them I cross them out. This way I always know what I still have to finish that week.
Another great idea for students is to track your upcoming exams in your weekly spread. Every week I have a little exam tracker where I write down the next two weeks and mark the days I have an exam. This way I always know what and when I have to start studying for a certain class.
Daily and weekly to-dos
In my weekly spreads, I always have a section for things I want to get done or work on that week but I also started to make little to-do lists for each day. This way I stay way more organized and I am less likely to forget to do something.
Other weekly tracking ideas
“one line a day” (write down one sentence that describes your day every day)
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on December 24, 2017
It is almost 2018 and that means it is time to set up the new year in my bullet journal. I was really excited to finally sit down and get creative and overall, I think It only took me about two hours.
I decided to keep my 2018 really simple since I am going to add my trackers throughout the months.
First I added this simple welcome page. Since I am going to graduate and my life is going to change a lot in 2018 I decided to write “There’s a new adventure ahead” on the left because that is what 2018 will be. A new Adventure.
After this little welcome page, I added my future log for 2018. Since I loved my 2017 future log I decided to use the same set up again and used the same colors as last year. I also added a little page mark on the left so I can easily flip to my future log when I need to.
Since I do not know my new schedule and most of my exam dates for the new semester I decided to leave the next two pages empty and add those later.
And that is it for my 2018 bullet journal set up. I cannot believe I have been keeping up with bullet journaling for a year now. Do you have a bullet journal or are you planning to start one in the new year?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on January 21, 2017
On Wednesday I finally got a bullet journal. I bought it on a creativity stroll and I am absolutely in love with it.
The notebook itself is a drawing notebook by PAPERWAYS. It is called the PATTERNISM NOTE 03 and made of 25% post-consumer recycled paper. It was 12,90€ and the money was definitely worth it. Guess where I found the notebook? I found it in the bookstore I have fallen in love with, which makes it even better. The notebook consists of graphic patterned pages which I think look cute.
My new journaling supplies
Along with the notebook, I bought three new pencils I fell in love with at the store and some cute alphabet stamps. The pencils are by a brand called ICONic. I haven’t heard of them before but I loved the colour. The pencils each have a fine tip and a little marker and were 2,90€ each. I got three colours. Cloudy blue, mustard yellow and pale vermilion. I really want to go back and get some more because I love them so much. The alphabet stamps are by Paper Poetry and were 12,90€. I already used them quite a lot and plan to use them in my creative journal too.
I started setting up my bullet journal with a key. I decided to go with few symbols because I was afraid it would get too confusing. I did leave some free space so I could go back and add some new ones as I go along. I also left the left side blank because I want to add a quote to it. I just haven’t decided which one yet.
I’ve decided to divide my bullet journal into months. I have a monthly overview for each month followed by the weekly spreads of that month. I only have January and February yet because I wanted to leave myself the freedom to change my monthly spreads over the year and find out what works best for me.
My weekly spreads are rather clean and structured but who knows maybe they will change over the next couple of months. I definitely want to get more stickers to decorate them. I do love to change up the way they look every week and I am still experimenting with it. It is also a great way to use my Tombow dual brush pens even more. I’ve got a quite big collection now.
Some more supplies I love to use
Besides the Tombow dual brush pens, the ICONic pencils and the stamp set I usually use the STAEDTLER pigment liner. I have a set of six different sizes and they always come in handy. For the outline, I usually use the 0.5, for the things I write in the boxes I use the 0.3 and for little doodles the o.1 or o.05 pigment liner. Last but not least washi tape. I am obsessed with washi tape and have a big collection. Of course I can’t resist using it in my bullet journal.
This is it for my bullet journal. I am excited to keep using it for this year and to see how it will turn out. Do you have any tips on bullet journaling?