I have always loved organisation; notebooks, pens, Filofax’s, calendars, you name it I’ve got it. However, as I’m pretty sure I’ve touched on various times, there is so much going on at University with lectures, extra reading, coursework, exams, blogging, societies, socialising, visits to friends and so much more, and it’s become increasingly harder to stay organised. Therefore, after reading and watching like a million videos about Bullet Journals, I figured I may as well give one a go. I only started mine 3 weeks ago, but here is how I make my bullet journal work for managing blogging and schoolwork…
What I Bought
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So I was very confused about where to start… You can use pretty much any notebook but I wanted something fresh and new, and as I draw a lot of calendars in mine I wanted one with dotted pages. I also wanted fancy pens (because if you know me you know I love different fine-liners and colours), so I ended up with:
The LEUCHTTURM 1917 Notebook Medium (A5) in Grey – I think these might be designed for bullet journalling? They have numbered and dotted pages as well as an index page so they’re pretty perfect and more affordable than the specific “Bullet” versions Leuchtturm make.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in a pack of 4– These black pens are a little pricey but they don’t run and I’ve been told they last a long time. In the pack you get 4 different styles: a really thin one that I use for writing (S), a medium sized one that I use for drawing lines and stuff (M), a felt-tip sized one that I use for outlines (F) and a brush tip one that I use for headings (B).
Staedtler 334 Triplus Fineliner Superfine Point Pens in pack of 20 – I already owned these (because I swear by them and have been repurchasing these for years) but I strongly recommend them to keep your journal colourful and help with colour-coding things (I colour-code my whole life to be honest).
- Any Clear 30cm Ruler – Again, I already owned this, you can purchase them pretty much anywhere, they just help keep your bullet journal neat and your lines clean. You can get coloured ones and stuff, but clear ones are generally better because you can see what you’re doing better.
Using It for Enrichment
After the Index, I have a few pages dedicated to me, and promoting the new experiences I want to have this year. I have my list of 20 things I want to do before I turn 20 in there along with dates to fill in when I complete them, and then 4 pages dedicated to new things that happen to me this year:
- New pieces of live theatre seen
- New books read
- New movies seen
- Places I sing at (with my new group thing that I spoke about in a 20 before 20 update)
Right now the pages are pretty sparse, with 2 of them having nothing but the header, but I’m excited to see how they grow.
Using It For Blogging
THE BLOGGING CALENDAR
These pages took the longest to complete but they’re also the ones I use the most so it was definitely worth it. It’s essentially a monthly calendar drawn out that I use to keep track of what I’m posting on my blog and when. This is insanely helpful as I can see my month of blog posts at a glance, and I often have moments when I think “At some point I want to do a post on…” but don’t have the time to write it for that moment, so I’ll write it on a date in my blogging calendar, setting myself a deadline and also reminding myself to write it. I also colour-code awards, tags, normal posts, guest posts and posts contained in a series so I know that I’m keeping my content varied.
At the end each month, I fill in my 5 most popular posts for that month (based on views and liked) down the side of the calendar page, so I know what content is working best for me.
THE STATS PAGE
I also have 2 pages (a widespread) dedicated to the monthly statistics involved with my blog. Here I have 12 grids dotted around, one for each month, with a space to fill in my current:
- WordPress Followers
- Twitter Followers
- Instagram Followers
- Likes on my blog
It’s a nice way of seeing the progress I’m making with my blog and looking back on where I started and how I’m growing. (Because thanks to you lovely people, I am growing and I love you so much for it)
Using It For Uni Work
Again, these pages took so long to make but they are ridiculously useful and I highly recommend doing something like this if you’re a uni/school student.
I took all my reading lists and term breakdowns for each of my modules, and using 2 pages for each week (again, a widespread), I broke down what lessons I’ll be having, and what work I’ll have to do/pre-reading for future lessons I’ll have to do to stay on top of everything. The plan for each day is set out by including:
- My lessons
- The notes I’ll have to take based on those
- The reading/pre-reading I can do for other stuff in the week/next week
It’s so much easier this way because it stops my mind from being all jumbled up and confused and clearly lays out the sheer amount of work I have to do and when I can get it done. Since doing this (which, granted has only been 2 weeks), I have made such better use of my time and it’s actually made me more excited about learning, because I have a better grasp of what I’m doing.
So there you have it, like I mentioned earlier I’m very new to the whole world of bullet journalling so there’s not exactly loads in it right now, but I’ve made a start and I’m currently loving it! It’s very relaxing to sit down and design and has really helped me get my life on track a little more. If you’re considering it, I strongly recommend giving it a try!
Do you have a bullet journal? Tell me how you organise yours in the comments!
Lots of love,