After having 3 midterms in one week, I felt as if my life was falling apart. I swore to myself that over fall break I would get my life back together. To help myself get organized again, I turned straight to my planner.

 Photo: Sofia Wieland

Photo: Sofia Wieland

A form of a planner that can be extremely helpful in organizing every aspect of your life is a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal was created by Ryder Carroll, who explains this system of journaling as a way to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future. The concept of this journal is to have all of your important thoughts in one place.

Not only can you keep a list of things you need to accomplish in a day, week or month in a bullet journal, but you can also track other aspects of your life. Popular subjects to track in these are daily water intake, finances and even your daily mood.

Since you will be creating a bullet journal in a plain empty notebook, there are many ways you can set it up. This video explains the basics. These basics include an index page, future log, monthly log and the daily log.

I created my bullet journal at the beginning of 2018. Here’s how I decided to organize mine:

To begin, I wanted a simple gridded notebook to use for my bullet journal. To write the titles of each page, I used the Tombow brush pens. For the writing in this journal, I used black fine tip pens. I also bought washi tape for easy but artistic decoration.

Since this journal is 100 percent customizable, I did not include an index page for my first page. Instead, I printed out a yearly calendar overview and pasted it to the first page.

I always would draw a monthly calendar that took up two pages so I could see what events and deadlines were coming up for that month. After my monthly calendar, I would draw out a mood tracker so at the end of the month, I could look back and see how I felt overall. I also included a gym tracker that would motivate me to draw a circle over the day everytime I actually went to the gym. Since I sell clothes online, I also added a tracker for that so I could keep track of my profit for that month.

For each month, I included a “line a day” page where I would write down one good thing that happened that day. This way, I had a physical page to look at to reflect on my month, which is also cool to look back on in future months or even years for memories.

Since I had the freedom to customize each page as I wanted, I would have different weekly spreads for the month instead of keeping the same layout for the whole year. Here are some pictures of some of my favorites that I did:

I would always gravitate towards Pinterest for inspiration. Here are some of the pictures that I have pinned to my journaling board that I took inspiration from for some of my pages:

Again, my basic essentials for my monthly spreads in my bullet journal was my monthly calendar, trackers and weekly spreads. But, I included more! Remember, since this is totally customizable, you can put whatever you wish in this journal! I enjoyed putting my monthly music playlists and even making decorative monthly collages.

Some useful spreads for fellow college students can include a semester at a glance (put important dates from syllabus into this), class schedules, sleep tracker or finance tracker.

Here are some extra resources to get inspiration for your bullet journal:

Remember, bullet journaling can also be a therapeutic activity to relax during the weekends. Go get your journal, markers, and creativity and give bullet journaling a try!