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.
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