academic calendar

motivate yourself

i recently stumbled upon a motivation technique called “don’t break the chain”. essentially, you pick a goal or habit and everyday you work towards it, you cross off the day with an X. you want to have a string of X’s. 

i made a printable for the 2015-2016 academic year! you can download it here [x]

i’m going to print out a calendar for every goal that i want to accomplish this school year. hopefully, when school ends, we’ll all be better versions of ourselves! 3_3

Today, I fucked up... by emailing my professor my masturbation, drinking and smoking schedule

I am someone who likes to keep everything in order and articulately planned out. So I plan out everything, about a week in advance, including studying, class, even when I masturbate, drink and smoke weed. It just helps me keep my life in order. I keep this all in a google doc entitled “schedule.”

Anyway, the semester has started and one of my history professors asks to see my research schedule for the thesis I am working on with them. I think “oh this will be easy, I have already planned that out in my semester calendar.” I will just email them a link to my schedule. So I do that and go about my day.

Later, I go and check my academic calendar, a google doc entitled “dates,” and then, I realize my mistake. No body is shared on this document. My professor must have my “schedule,” which contains all my frequent vices.

I frantically check my email to find my professors reply that they were surprised at how thorough I scheduled my days but that some of my information was “inappropriate, but useful to have scheduled.” I apologized and sent them the correct document. Next class should be sufficiently awkward.

by  socrates_vs_hemlock

Check out more TIFUs: Internet`s best fuck ups are here.

idk just with school starting soon i thought it would be a good idea 

For Studying

For Sticky Notes

For Note-Taking




Other Masterposts for Printables!


→ design love fest
→ dress up your tech
→ lovely indeed
→ breanna rose
→ the sweet escape 


momentum - a chrome extension that is a favourite among studyblrs
fliqlo - a clock screensaver and another studyblr favourite
lanes - a popular alternative to momentum
currently - another extension but this one tells the time and the weather!


forest - a great app to help you focus. available on almost all platforms
evernote - a convenient app to keep all of your notes in one place
tomato timer - a very simple website that uses the pomodoro technique of productivity. you can find pomodoro apps all over
my study life - a one-stop shop for everything to do with your academic life: from a calendar for your classes/breaks to reminders for assignments or exams - made with flexibility and the student in mind.
swipes - a simple to-do list app that lets you swipe a task once it’s finished or postpone it; keeps your to-do list organized by time so things that you can’t do right now aren’t staring you in the face.
 flux - for late night studying; it adjusts screen colour so that it doesn’t strain your eyes or keep you awake
coffitivity - coffeeshop sounds to relax or stay productive


clean out your inbox - a tedious but rewarding task. there is nothing better than a clean inbox. take buzzfeed’s five-day inbox cleanse  
use a calendar app - as much as we love physical paper planners (and we do) nothing compares to being able to check or change your calendar at a moment’s notice. utilize your phone’s built-in calendar app. the sunrise calendar app is another great one
back up your computer - this is especially important if everything you need is on your computer. invest in a good external hard drive (at least 1TB) and back up all of your files every 1-2 weeks
uninstall apps - if you don’t frequently use an app, it’s time to let it go. it’s takes up precious phone/tablet/computer space. you can always reinstall it if you feel like you need it again!
back up documents - never lose a document again! back up all your documents on a usb drive, or upload your documents to your google docs


August Calendar // a printable by thearialligraphyproject

To the anon who asked for an academic calendar, I hope this will make up for your request because I wasn’t sure when your school year would end. (If you can send me a message containing the details anytime this weekend, I’ll do my best to work on it!)

Links for download:
Option #1: Standard Calendar Layout
Option #2: List Layout + Goals for the Month

I will release a calendar available for download every month! I hope this printable and the ones to come will be useful for you! And if you ever post a picture using this printable, I hope you can tag thearialligraphyproject or mention my blog so I can reblog it!

For any feedback or requests, you can always send me a message through my ask box, Twitter or email! I’d love to hear from you!

My orginisational system

While I run a 99% bujo blog I have not yet really embraced the bujo lifestyle. I started this blog - I think - last summer vacation to store all the cool spreads I found in one place. I stuck to the bujo myself system for about 1.5 months. But it leveled off there. Probably because the way I used it did not really fit me. This year I’m adapting the bujo system in such a way that I’ll use it to actually aid my planning, and I wont just use it because I like the idea of bullet journaling.

1. Google Calendar

I have all my appointments, class times, work shifts etc in my google calendar. This is the best option for me since it allows me to check it, and add to it, anywhere and any time (even without internet). It also allows me to check my parents and sisters calendars. I colour code the different types of activities (yellow=school, grey=work, green=sports, red=important, blue= everything else) so I can see what my week looks like at a single glance. Google Calendar also allows me to plan weeks/months/years in advance, and to add returning items, something I miss in bullet journalling.

2. School period planner (excel)

My school has semesters divided into three periods, lasting respectively 8, 8 and 4 weeks. At the start of every period I make a planner to see which tasks (reading, exercises etc.) I want to do each day, to keep me from procrastinating and to evenly spread my school work. I usually schedule in more in the first two weeks since my motivation will be at a peak. I check the syllabus to see what I need to do and when I need to do it. I start by adding hard deadlines, and then spread out the rest of the work. I use my google calendar to check what days I have the most time and when I really don’t have any. I also make sure to add in some ‘catching up’ days to make sure I won’t be running behind all the time (if I’m still on track these make for great rest days, or extra time to work ahead. I usually try to stay ahead of schedule since it keeps me motivated longer).
Since I make this schedule for 8 weeks it is ofcourse susceptible to change. That’s one of the reasons I don’t write it in my bujo directly.

3. Bullet Journal

This year I’m going to use my bullet journal mostly to keep track of my to-do lists. Last year I mostly diverted to using my bujo when I was feeling overwhelmed with everything I needed to do, and I started planning a single day or week.
This year I want to be more consistent. I’m going to make monthly spreads showing what day I have classes/work/sports etc, by colouring in the corresponding column (using the same colour code as in my google calendar). I’m also going to add a column for other appointments (e.g. dentist) and to add deadlines. On the right-side I’ll add columns for a habit tracker.
For my to do lists I’m going to work with weekly (or maybe daily) spreads where I’ll transfer tasks from my school periode planning and other things I need to do that day. For busy days (where I have multiple activities) I want to add a timeline so I can (again using my colour code) schedule when I need to do what, to ensure that I do not procrastinate and free enough time for all my planned to-do’s.

Of course this is how I envision it now, based on the past couple of years, and this system might/probably will change somewhat once classes have actually started again.

If you have any questions, my inbox is always open.

Moleskine Planner Walkthrough

Hey everyone! The school year is about to start (yay, sophomore year) and I’ve been receiving a couple requests to share how I make/use my planner, so I thought now would be the perfect time to make this walkthrough. Here we go!

Here are my journals for 2014-15 (left) and 2015-16 (right). I use squared soft Moleskine notebooks. I usually start with a blank cover, and eventually fill up the covers with stickers I get as the year progresses.

So these are my first two pages. On the left I have an academic calendar (this one is a postcard sized one that my school hands out but you can always make your own). On the right I have a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish during my college career. I’ve since modified this to be a goal-setting page that I update every semester to help me focus on what I want to achieve to a more short-term degree. Some things I repeat, such as having coffee with a professor or getting an A for the semester. Other things that I don’t achieve I copy over to the new one.

My next two pages contain my timetable, class locations, and important contact information for my professors. It’s easy to access the contact details on our university webpage, but I think it’s even more convenient to have it in my planner. I would highly suggest approaching your professors whenever you have any questions from class, or even just want a chat. Most professors are friendly and would be more than happy to help you out, especially if you take the initiative to come to them.

I also started doing an “overview” timeline during the spring semester. I essentially section out my 15 weeks of school, and fill in the major events for each of my classes, e.g. quizzes, midterms, submission deadlines. This helps me see when I’ll be the busiest, and when I can catch a break, so I’m more or less mentally prepared for what’s to come.

This is what it looks like now for the upcoming semester (Fall 15/16). I’ve added a second page for my extra-curricular activities as I’m now involved in 2 major projects and need to keep up with that. The week numbers are also colour coordinated to the monthly tabs I created (as you can see on the right). Everything is still in pencil and I will pen it in when I get confirmation from my professors on the actual assessments.

What follows the above pages is the first “monthly” tab. For my new journal, I’ve created a month page where I put a motivational quote and the month tab on the side. The left page is blank for me to write notes that are relevant to the entire month, or simply paste more pictures and memorabilia that I collected during that month.

This is followed by a monthly calendar where I fill in all my appointments. I try to colour-coordinate this (different colours for different activities e.g. school, extra-curriculars, leisure) but sometimes I just don’t have the right markers with me so I mess up :( The right column has the numbers of the weeks on it (as my school likes to refer to things as “week 1, week 8, etc).

The monthly page is followed by the weekly view of each month. This is what it looks like blank. And this is what it looks like filled up:

I’ll run through this from the top.

Whenever I feel like I’m neglecting my water intake, I draw boxes on how many times I should fill up my water bottle so as to ensure I’m always hydrated. I shade the boxes every time I finish one bottle.

At the top of every daily box, I usually fill in my appointments in greater detail, with time, location, and stuff I have to bring. This is also usually colour-cded if I remember to bring my markers/coloured pencils.

What follows is a bullet journal style of making lists. Boxes for tasks, dots or dashes for notes, and “!” or “?”or a forward arrow as appropriate. You can read more about what the original bullet journal icons mean here and just adapt it to fit your own preferences.

At the bottom of every day, I fill in lifestyle related things that I want to do. I wanted to read a little bit of French or watch something in French everyday; what’s in purple/dark blue is exercise related. This way I made sure I was able to practice my French regularly, and get enough exercise throughout the week.

Finally, the bottom section is for random notes, or lists I just felt like making e.g. movies to watch. Occasionally, I’ll also take note of a quote that I’d come across and write it on a post-it to stick into my journal.

That’s it for this walkthrough, I hope you guys found it useful. Feel free to message me if you want even more details :)

2016 Bullet Journal Set up

The new year means a new set up. Here are some of my pages:

Year overview. This is a quick 3-page glance at the entire year, the third page isn’t pictured. This is useful for holidays, birthdays, and upcoming events that are months away.

Semester overview. This is a quick overview for the semester January-May (Jan-March are not pictured). I use my school’s academic calendar to fill in any breaks, days off, events, midterms, finals, tuition due dates, etc. Also I use the syllabi  from my classes to fill tests, quizzes, project due dates, and assignment due dates (not yet filed in because my classes haven not yet started). This is helpful when filing out monthly spreads and it shows when you’ll be the busiest which is tremendously helpful.

Schedule. This is pretty self explanatory. Once filled out it will show the class name, location, and the professor. It is not yet filled out because the semester has not yet started so there is a possibility that the classes might change and I don’t want to ink it in before I am certain my classes will not change.

Contact page. This page will have the professor’s name, office location, office hours, phone number, email, etc. Also information for any students that I will have to work with such as lab partners, group members, and study buddies. Again not filled out yet because the semester has not started yet.

Tip: Also add your adviser’s information because that is always useful to have handy.

Study-o-meter. I thought it would be a fun idea to keep track of my study time because I made it my goal to study for at least 3 hours a day. For every hour I study I put an X in one of the boxes for that month. The goal is to reach the colored line (going beyond is even greater).

Monthly spread. Pretty easy a traditional calendar layout for the month. Please ignore all the mistakes I made while making this.

Monthly spending page (left) A quick review of my spending for the month with the place and the amount of money spent. If desired additional columns can be added to fill out the product and any other additional information.

Monthly to-do list (right) I love having an overview for everything I need to do for the month. I also add my all of my assignments on here so in case I migrate them in my daily spreads they will not be forgotten.

Monthly Tracker To keep track of habits, chores, daily tasks… this is the perfect place.

Wish list (top right) so you know how during the entire year you know a ton of things you want to buy but when it’s your birthday or Christmas you cannot think of a single thing? Yeah that problem is now solved. Every time you want something add it do the list.

Gift ideas (bottom right) Similarly to not knowing what I want for my birthday, I can always think of birthday present for others until their actual birthday arrives. This is where I will jot those ideas down so I have ideas when a birthday arrives.

Savings plan Saving is super important and to make sure I keep up with it I dedicated a page to this 26 week/$1000 savings plan to make sure I keep adding money to my savings account. There is also a 52 week/$1300 savings plan that is similar to this but instead of starting the initial deposit at $26 it starts with an initial deposit of $1 and it goes up by $1 every week. Or you can always create your own savings plan.

Additional page ideas:

  • Morning routine
  • Evening routine
  • Classes that still have to be taken
  • Graduation requirements for example if there is a community service requirement
  • Reading challenge
  • Date ideas
  • Restaurants to try (so when someone asks where to eat your answer won’t be ‘I don’t know’)
  • Goals
  • Bucket list
  • Travel list
  • Netflix/TV shows/movies
  • Weight loss tracker
  • Fitness tracker
  • Mileage tracker/goals (running/walking/cycling)
  • Couch to 5K
  • Trying out new pens
  • Practice handwriting
  • Cleaning schedule

I hope I inspired some of you to start a bullet journal or add some new pages. 


Calling all student filmmakers!

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars consideration.  The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform.  Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar.

Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at

Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for Documentary Short Subject for “White Earth,” and Talkhon Hamzavi, a 2013 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination (with Stefan Eichenberger) for Live Action Short Film for “Parvaneh.”  Past Student Academy Award winners include such acclaimed filmmakers as Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

Awards may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Film.

The Student Academy Awards U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution.  In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are allowed to submit one film to the competition.  The deadline to submit entries is Monday, June 1, 2015.  For a list of eligibility requirements, visit

In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Mindfulness Helps Undergraduates Stay On Track

A form of mental training called mindfulness training, specifically designed for undergraduate students, shows promise as a tool to train attention and improve learning during the academic semester, according to a new study by a team of University of Miami researchers. The study is the first to examine the incidence of mind wandering and the impact of mindfulness training, at different time points in the academic calendar. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Alexandra B. Morrison, Merissa Goolsarran, Scott L. Rogers, Amishi P. Jha. Taming a wandering attention: short-form mindfulness training in student cohorts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2014; 7 DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00897


In 1983, KIRA ROESSLER (born 1962) was asked to join the California punk band Black Flag, replacing the founding bassist. Her joining the band meant that they had to meet some logistical constraints; the band’s touring and recording schedule couldn’t conflict with the academic calendar at UCLA, where Kira was studying applied engineering. Over the next few years, she played on five Black Flag albums and toured with them, as well as writing songs for what would turn out to be the final Minutemen album, 3-Way Tie (For Last). James Parker writes about her bass playing in Turned On, his biography of Henry Rollins:

[She] held it down, dug in behind the beat, underpinned [guitarist Greg Ginn’s] guitar work with a minimum of fuss, but something in her very consistency built an energy, a menace that defined the MY WAR groove. With Kira in place, Black Flag went into attack mode.

In 1985, Roessler was asked to leave Black Flag; they’d scheduled a tour that coincided with her final quarter at UCLA. She graduated with her engineering degree in 1986, but continued to play bass, co-writing songs with Mike Watt for his post-Minutemen band fIREHOSE and performing with him in their two-bass duo, Dos. After working as a programmer for a decade or so, Roessler began to do sound and dialogue editing for film and television. She’s now won two Primetime Emmys in “Outstanding Sound Editing” for her work — which includes the “Blackwater” episode of Game of Thrones.

In a 2011 Village Voice interview, Roessler was asked if she was a role model; she modestly replied, “You tell me.” Yes, Kira Roessler, you are.

I was looking at my academic calendar and realized my classes end next Friday which
A) terrifying I’m not doing very well it’s quite likely I’m not going to pass very many classes