Just remember, these are only suggestions and I am by no way saying my method is perfect, but this is how I’ve been taking my notes for almost two years and it’s the method I’m most comfortable with. The best thing to do is find a method that matches your learning style and needs.

1. Do yourself a favor and go and buy an entire shop worth of different coloured pens. For me, coloured pens are my best friend. I have dozens from various brands - mainly staedtler, papermate and bic - which are always used and abused on a daily basis.

2. COLOUR CODE! this makes reading your notes and finding information in a flash so much easier. The second picture is a photo of the notes I took from my school website about my Politics course. As you can see, I’ve used blue for the titles, purple for the basic information and green for all important dates and percentages. I usually use at least three colours for my colour coding.

3. Always copy down the learning intention/objective or the point in your syllabus that you are covering in that class. It is essential for revising. I actually take my syllabus and write down the date during which I completed the work for that section and basic notes - essentially the bare minimum of what I need to know, like micro notes - this is easier to do if a learning intention is placed at the top of your work, or even the number of the point in the syllabus you are covering in that class.

4. Highlights are the best thing in the world. You’ll find this out fairly quickly. They go hand in hand with using pens. Again, I assign one colour for each different element of my work. For example, I used pink for the key points of my learning intention, orange for the most important terms that are likely to appear on a test or that may need to be used in an essay - think of what might be BUZZ WORDS for an exam or piece of coursework as you read through your work, this makes doing essays, homework or flashcards so much easier - important dates are highlighted in yellow and pieces of legislation are highlighted in green. The title of any parliamentary department is in blue.

5. For all my history or politics students I find that doing timelines are great. Again, I’ve used a basic three colour system. Additional/background information is in green; this is very similar to little ‘don’t forget’ notes and can be great to revise right before a test or exam to make sure you know the basic information. All dates are in blue so they stand out as soon as you open the page. The main events are then in brown. I suggest trying to stay away from complimentary colours such -such as like pairing pink and purple together - as you won’t get such a stand out affect as I have here.

7. Although it isn’t shown here, I always write down the chapter and page number for my textbook that goes hand in hand with my notes, this helps out a ton and saves so much time [You won’t be that student who spends half the class trying to find a page in their textbook!}

Best of luck! If you have any questions or concerns, drop me a message.

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Because you guys liked the planner so much, i made it into a video!!


Aspiringbarrister’s Planner Organisation

if you’re interested, my planner is from Etsy and you can find it with a variety of covers.

1. Find a planner size that suits your needs. I needed one that was small enough for my backpack, handbag and lever arch folders while being big enough for my handwriting.

2. My planner is organised on a ‘one week on two pages’ style. I actually enjoy this look, and the hours that are used [7am-6pm] are my general working and school hours - granted I study well past 6pm. I’m utalising the white blank space at the top as a ‘don’t forget’ and ‘remember me’ section. For example, I’ve written a note to myself to remember that I need to bring in £3 for a workshop, you could easily make it stand out with highlighters or post it notes to remind you of important tests or when an essay is due.

3. Just prior to each month’s worth of ‘one week on two pages’ section, there’s a month at a glance page. I’m currently using post it note flags to divide up each month to make it easier to find a certain day or week.

4. I’m using my usual colour coding system to organise my planner. The main events of each day are placed in the ‘month at a glance’ section. As I haven’t exactly started school again, my September month is pretty blank so I’ve just given you guys a few examples to look at.

5. COLOUR CODE! I love nothing more than colour coding my books and planner. I use a five colour ‘key’ for this planner. For example, everything to do with my shih tzu, Darcie is in orange so if I ever need to search for something related to her, all I have to do is look for the orange writing. Simple!

6. At the side of each ‘month at a glance page’ is a miniature calendar. I’ve circled each date with the colour representing the most important event of each day. This makes it easier to plan days out, arrange time for study days or decide what days you’re going to relax on the sofa with a cup of tea and binge on tv show boxsets.

7. If I need to remember something with a certain deadline - or even to remember that I need to pick a gift up for someone - I use the space at the right hand corner of my month at a glance page to write myself a post it note reminder. For example, at the end of September, I’ve left a post it note to remember that my school fee comes out of my account on October 1st.

8. Motivational quotes always inspire me to work harder and to keep going. I carry my planners everywhere with me, so when I need a moment or two of inspiration to get me through my studying, all I need to do is open up the front of my planner and take a look at the quotes. Simple as. You could also fill it with pictures of your favourite things, people, places ect.

p.s I’m thinking of picking up some washi tape to bring my planner a little life, if you’re a creative sort of person then I highly suggest checking out Etsy for cute little planner organisation pieces!

Build & Organise a Corner Shelving System // A Beautiful Mess

Shelving is necessary, and if not you clearly don’t have much/enough stuff. You collect things in your years of life, even if not purposely. Whether you have a bunch of books, tourist knick knacks or a boatload of rubber ducks, shelving can do no wrong.

But it’s a large piece of furniture, in comes the corner shelves and bam that once pesky corner that you never really knew what to put in it is now beautifully styled and neatly organised. I love how they left a large space and hung a picture in there. Lovely.  



Most dorm rooms aren’t exactly the most spacious places to be. And if you’re doing stupidly huge amounts of work, you might want to be in a clutter-free environment to let your head be clear. So here I have some clutter-freeing, space saving ideas for you! Bullet points are in the order of the photos, left to right, top to bottom.

  • Use patterned paper to personally decorate some drab, white storage boxes. You can get patterned paper from general craft stores or you could even try wrapping paper since it comes in bulk!
  • Use old cereal boxes to make draw organisers to sort out your stationary or files.
  • You can recycle your old tins to make them more stationary holders for your desk and decorate them accordingly!
  • You can attach binder clips to the end of your desk to organise wires and chargers, simple and easily done on a budget.
  • Use a shower caddy, which can usually be found for less than £10 (so it’s money well spent), to organise your school books!
  • After you’ve finished your Pepsi or any other canned drink, attach the tap on to your clothes hanger to make use of small cupboard spaces!
  • Use decorative paper to give colour to bland storage boxes.
  • Buy a magnetic strip to gather up all your hair clips, you could even tuck it away by hiding it in a bathroom cabinet.

A lovely gift from someone who knows me very well: seed storage envelopes! 

Organisational variables include:

  • Frø art / Frösort = Seed Species
  • Plante sort / Växsort = Plant Variety
  • Farve / Färg = Colour
  • Frø høstet / Frö skördat = Seeds harvested
  • Indsamlet af / Samlats av =  Collected by
  • Noter / Anteckningar = Notes

These particular ones are in Danish and Swedish, respectively, but there are also English versions available online:



For larger seed, there are tubes:


By the way, for those of you who are really in to “thingsfittingperfectlyintothings​” and “thingsorganizedneatly​”-type imagery, I’ve been tagging the many ways in which people store seeds as #organisation. Check it out if you are looking for inspiration on how to organise your seeds!

Origami seed envelopes, by nobalcony

Origami seed envelopes by hqcreations

Test tube seeds by greenplantreligion

Seed organiser by greeneyescultiver

Seed box (USA / UK) by katesgarden

Handmade seed packets with type-written IDs by lacoumeille

My seed binder

& more, under #organisation

anonymous said:

Hey! So I'm looking to be more organized next year with note taking. What I've already planned to do is take notes from a lecture/textbook, highlight and annotate what's important, and then copy down final notes. However, I'm not sure how I want to go about doing final notes. Should I use colored pen? Highlight over normal pen? Some of both? I don't want it to look like a rainbow puked on the page, but I want it to be appealing and still neat. How do you take notes? & what do you suggest?thanks!

Well, if you don’t want it to look like a rainbow puked on your note sheets, then you should used a plain pen to take your notes, and then highlight it with some color. Let’s see what I do: 



As you can see, I used a plain pen (just a simple blue bic byro, no fancy pens) to take all my notes. Then, I used a bit of color to highlight important things, but when I’m highlighting my own notes, not printed ones, I like to use normal colored markers, because it looks more neat and not so brightly colored. I only use the highlighters with printed notes and books. However, this is what works for me. 

If you have to paint graphics, diagrams or that kind of thing, I would suggest leaving a blank space beside the explanation of that draw. In physiology, our professor explained every graphic, so I just wrote down the important things about the explanations and then I painted the graphic or diagram myself. That way it looked better and I could have both things! 

Just try and see what is better for you, I used to take my notes with different colored pens at the beginning, but it took up much time, so I simply went for the blue gyro and then I colored it when needed. I also use pastel colored markers, like blue and pink and yellow and soft green, because otherwise they look too strident for me, but there are people who work better with neon highlighters, so that just depends on you! 

Using small colored post-its, like the ones you see in the photos, can also help to make your simple notes into a more colored and appealing thing, I just love post-its!!! 

Hope this helped at least to give you some ideas!! 

A little - or not so little - playlist to help you through your work if it’s studying, preparing for exams, writing out notes or doing homework. This playlist has mainly classical and instrumental music but also features some more upbeat music to give your mind a break every once in a while. Enjoy! Listen to it here

Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others – even by those allegedly acting on their behalf.
—  Solidarity, As We See It/Don’t See It