colour-coding

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.

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8-4-15 11:32am
Just Finished annotating this article on Medieval Europe, I really love colour coding! It took me about two hours to annotate 5 pages, but I feel very comfortable with the material now. I am going to give myself a break for lunch and maybe some netflix before I start the essay questions.

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This is the second way I code my past/practise papers. I have 4 colours, one for the info given in the question (yellow), one for the question itself (blue), one for the answer(s) (red), and one for marking my work and highlighting mistakes (purple). Obviously you don’t have to use the same colours, but using highlighters certainly helps. The ones I have are called Mildliners, which you can get from Amazon, but any highlighter will do! I find that this method really helps me think about what the question is asking me, and what information I have to achieve that. On top of this, highlighting the answer as well as going over corrections in a different colour helps you to quickly spot common errors when going back over your work, so you know what to practise and revise!

How I Colour-Code My Annotations:

I don’t tend to colour code my actual notes because it takes far too long so insteadI colour code any annotations to notes, articles, or piecces of work that I do. 

These are some notes that I’ve been annotating this week. I typically use my highlighter for any key points, including things like definitions. Other than that this is my general colour coding scheme. Obviously, it’s designed for psychology but you can design a colour code scheme for anything.

I’ve been using this scheme (or at least a variant of it) for about 4 years now so it’s become second nature for me to associate those colours with those themes.

I tend to use my orange highlighter for theories because they tend to take up a lot of space and its’s really the best way to annotate them. I also use page markers and tabs to point to key ideas or thoughts.

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My organization and study box finally got reorganized

  • The box is the 100 Pens Box from Kipling which I got from London
  • In the top pen loop layer, I keep coloured pens and a few normal pens on the left and on the right, I keep a few varied Sharpies for my flashcards
  • In the bottom area, I keep my highlighters, including my favourite ones and a white-out
  • I keep sticky notes and sticky tabs of various sizes, a bunch of Moleskine stickers and some plain flashcards

I use this box when I’m making notes or studying or sorting out my Bullet Journal at home. I sometimes carry it to school when I want to study there. Inspired by @finalsurvivalguide

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{10:42 pm - 12/7/15} I’ve just started my bullet journal and I’m super excited about it!
This are some pictures of this notebook, it’s an A5 Cross, Alice in Wonderland edition, the second picture is the yearly calendar just to keep track of the main things happening (red is for holidays, blue for birthdays and the green one is my sis’ wedding!).
The index is actually inspired by majordoubts ’s one, I just loved it-hope you don’t mind I used it-. So yeah, this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship between me and my bullet journal.