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VIDEO: Using a Bullet Journal in College

Hi guys! This week's video is all about how I bullet journal in college. With a lot of long term projects and dates to keep track of it can be hard to stay on top of everything when in college.
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Just for an idea of what I'm keep up with, I'm a full time student (a senior) with a part time job and I also run this blog. I use a planner/bullet journal hybrid system as described in Cal Newport's How to Become a Straight-A Student. This really helps me focus on both my short-term and long-term goals without having to take the time to draw out a bunch of spreads.

p.s. I use a Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook for my bullet Journal and a Vertical, Erin Condren Planner

Daily Routine

So as I start my day, I'll write out what I have going on, referencing stuff I have written in my planner. This includes classes I have for the day, homework I need to get done, studying or any long term project tasks I have mapped out for that day.

I use a bullet journal for my every day to do lists and reminders, then use an Erin Condren Planner for future dates. The bullet journal goes with me to work or school and my planner stays at home on my desk.

What I like about the bullet journal system is that is't really flexible. I can be sitting in my Spanish class and get a reminder about an upcoming quiz. These reminders are the sort of thing to easily be lost in a normal, bullet journal system

Planning the Future

So after  I have these notes, the next time I'm in my planner I'll add them to the correct day as a reminder. This means deadlines aren't floating around in my daily entries or on a this week spread. They're stuck safe in my planner.

I check my planner only once a day, but my bullet journal many times. I also use the monthly spreads to put in all my assignments as soon as my syllabus come out.

Why This Works for Me

This system solves the BUJO problem of planning for the future. I found that a lot of future logs weren't detailed enough to hold my important assignments or map out things I need to do for a big project.

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This system also keeps me from having to draw out and update a bunch of spreads like a monthly and weekly because they're already there for me.

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  1. I love your bullet journal! What kind/brand is it?

    1. Thanks for your comment! This is a Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal in Navy.

    2. Thanks so much I appreciate it!

  2. I'm curious as to what other pages you use in your bullet journal to stay organized, besides your daily to-do. Project tracker? Daily hour-by-hour view? Etc. Thanks!

    1. Hi thanks for your comment! The only other spread I use besides a daily to-do is a "This Week" spread where I put things I'm not ready to commit to today. If I need an hourly tracker (like during finals time to plan studying) I'll add it in Google Drive.

    2. Hi thanks for getting back so quickly! Would you be willing to post some pictures of those just to get a sense of how you set those up? And do you find you have any other random pages you really like and would recommend?

    3. Hi! I've posted a picture of my this week spread on my twitter here as you can see it's REALLY simple. I'll do a video about other spreads and tips I use soon!

    4. Thanks a bunch!