You’ve probably heard of bullet journaling, whether it’s through your friends or on the Internet. It’s the new big thing now in the journaling world, and so many people are doing it. Perhaps you’ve seen those fancy and artsy bullet journals that people adorn with washi tape, stickers, and calligraphy lettering. There’s also minimalist bullet journaling, which comes from the original bullet journal idea. No matter which you style choose to use, you will be able to gain all the benefits from using a bullet journal. Here are 10 ways that bullet journaling will increase your productivity as a student!
1. All of your important info will be kept in one place.
Commuting, walking to all your lectures, and lugging all your laptop and books around is tiring. Nobody wants to have to carry more than they need to. A bullet journal allows you to create your own spreads so that all of your information is kept in the same place. Daily tasks, weekly studying goals, grocery lists, reminders, habit trackers–no matter what you want to keep track of, it’s all in your bullet journal. You don’t need to have a separate notepad for your daily tasks while keeping your homework assignments in another planner.
2. You have space to record everything you need.
Aside from the obvious, such as due dates, assignments, and studying goals, there are so many other things in your life that you can track in your bullet journal. Habit trackers are a great place to start. Some ideas of habits that you can track include: sleep, water intake, mood–anything you want to look back on to improve. You can also have a combination of yearly, monthly, daily, and hourly logs. Customize it to your own needs without being confined to the layout of an agenda from the store.
3. The act of writing automatically makes you more productive.
A lot of people think that they can function effectively by remembering all of their important tasks in their head. Yes, many of us have good memory and can remember everything, but it takes brainpower to do so. When you write things down, such as on a to-do list, you automatically clear your mind so that you can focus on your daily tasks better. You’re also more likely to follow through with your duties if you write them down, rather than telling yourself “I’ll do that tomorrow” again and again.
4. You can break down your goals step-by-step.
We’ve all learned about creating SMART goals at some point of our lives; however, how many of us actually follow through with them? Tracking your goals in your bullet journal is a great way to get motivated to achieve them, since you can break them down to the smallest components. Instead of having one goal statement (e.g. I will read 12 fiction novels by the end of 2017), you can break down the goal in to mini goals. To break it down, you could have 12 goals: to read 1 novel per month. Then, you can plan out what book you will read each month. Check off the smaller steps you finish as you go and watch yourself complete more of your goals than you ever would’ve!
5. There’s an entire community of students doing bullet journaling.
Have you ever heard of a “studyblr” or “studygram”? Yep, they’re tumblrs and instagrams dedicated to studying. These users post their bullet journal spreads, notes, and study tips to motivate themselves and their followers to study hard. If you’re the type of person that finds it hard to get study motivation, this might help you. Filling your social media with reminders and inspiration for bullet journal spreads will encourage you to keep journaling and get on top of your studies.
What do you think of these bullet journaling benefits for students? Let us know in the comments!