Anyone who knows me knows I love organization. I get excited about buying planners and stationary (I am indeed a nerd). I know that other people do not find the same joy in planning. Warning: if you are that person, this article will be painfully boring for you.
Currently, I’m using four planners/calendars: Google calendar, a planner for recruiting, a planner for schoolwork, and a planner for my extracurricular activities.
Recently, I was introduced to something called bullet journaling. It is “a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.” I found this concept intriguing because I already keep a journal and a planner but not a combination of the two. I decided to try it out. Here are some examples of bullet journaling:
- Bullet journaling is extremely time consuming. It is a sketchbook, planner, and journal all rolled into one…. which means it takes 3 x as much time as a regular planner if you want to make it pretty like the ones I found above. However, if you already do all of these three things separately, it may actually be a time saver because everything is in the same place.
- It is extremely helpful for habit tracking and goal-setting. I now have small and large goals set for myself in a week, month, and year that are carefully organized (they existed before, but were kind of taped on sticky notes in various locations).
- Bullet Journaling is good for the individual that…
- Has a prolific amount of to-do lists floating around
- Like goal-setting and habit tracking
- Enjoys handwriting things
I know that as the semester gets busier, I may not be able to keep up a bullet journal and may revert back to my prior planner/Google Calendar system. For now, it is a welcome form of goal setting and planning. If you’re interested, here’s a helpful article from Buzzfeed to get you started.