Late last year, I joined the studyblr and studygram community as a way of getting inspiration and motivation for studying. Through joining these communities, I became more informed about the idea of the bullet journal system. It was one of those things that I had heard multiple times but didn’t really understand the concept. Anyway, long story short, I made my bullet journal back in February 2017 and I have already gone through one notebook.
My current bullet journal
In order to understand the basis of this blog post, I should probably explain the bullet journal system. The bullet Journal is a customisable organisation system. It can be your to do list, your planner, your diary or whatever you want it to be which is one of the things I love about it so much.
The basic definition set out by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal systems, says it’s an analogue system which can track the past, organise the present and plan for the future. If you want to see how the system works, then check out his video here.
I’m going to explain some of my favourite spreads. It’s worth noting that I am an A Level student so some of these are based on the needs for my organisation of college work. Anyway, let’s get to it!
An example of my trackers in my bullet journal
The habit trackers are a great way of getting an overview of what you get up to on a day to day basis. You can track anything you like, such as social media intake, work/studying, drinking water, applying makeup, exercise and crying etc. It’s a good way of seeing what you might need to cut back on.
The mood tracker is also good for seeing how your mood changes each day. I was actually recommended to track my mood by my old counsellor and it’s something I’ve kept doing ever since.
The thing to remember is that these are completely customisable. You can do it as a graph like me, you can fill out a tick box table or even do drawings and colour sections in. It’s all down to YOU.
An example of a journal spread and a sleeping tracker
I’ve only started doing this recently but I try to journal everyday. I often link it to my mood tracker to see why I was feeling a certain way on a particular day. I don’t journal for long, only a few lines or so, but a summary is great to look back on and I would recommend it. This is also known as a few lines a day.
My monthly spread for September
The monthly spread is great for an overview of your month. You can do this in several ways: a calendar layout like the one above or a vertical layout. In a vertical layout, you simply show the date and the corresponding day vertically down one side of the page and list any events or tasks that are happening in the month. I tend to change this every month as I still haven’t decided what I prefer.
My homework spread
I got this idea from a YouTube I’m subscribed to called Lydiastudies. I wanted my bullet journal to be universal in the sense that I use it for everything so I wanted my homework to be included somewhere. I’ve dedicated a whole page to this as I do A Levels and get a LOT of homework. You can customise it in your weekly spread (see below) if you don’t get much but it’s a good way to see what you need to do!
My favourite weekly spread
I love doing my weekly spreads. It’s completely down to you as a person as to what you do with it. It can be as minimalistic or as decorative as you like. I use this for to do lists, events, appointments, lesson schedules etc and I like having an overview of what my week looks like. You can also incorporate all the spreads I mentioned above into a weekly spread if you wished. That’s what is so good about the bullet journal system. It’s down to YOU.
I hope you enjoyed these examples of bullet journal spreads. I’m being introduced to new ones quite a lot so I’ll make sure to update this when need be.
Until next time.