One of the things I pride myself on the most is my organizational skills.
I. Love. Being. Organized.
And you know what? I think it has helped me a lot throughout my years of school, work and just general living.
One of my favourite ways to stay organized is the *drumroll please*
To me, a bullet journal is a journal that can be everything you’ve ever wanted it to be and more. I use mine as an agenda, a tracker and a collection of lists. Most people do their bullet journals by year (ex: one for 2020 and one for 2021), but my current journal is for the 2020-2021 school year.
My bullet journal is the only reason I ever know what’s going on in my life because of my weekly spreads. I plan out each week in my bullet journal. I write in my classes, work hours, meetings and my food plan for each week. It allows me to see when I have free time to schedule in (and actually remember) extra things like Ryerson Zoom workouts, study times and grocery shopping. I like to change the design of my weekly spread each month so I can exercise more creativity.
One of my favourite pages in my bullet journal is my assignments page. Which I know sounds kind of nerdy but it’s actually great. I’m able to see all my assignments and due dates for the whole semester. I love it because it gives me an idea of when I’ll be busy school-wise. It helps me plan out when I work on assignments and study. Plus, every time I finish an assignment or exam I cross it off with a highlighter and it is SO satisfying.
Bullet journals aren’t all about school though! I also use it to keep track of things in my personal life, like what books I’ve read, what movies and TV shows I’ve watched, recipes to try and any personal projects I’m working on. It can also be used to track habits like drinking enough water every day, daily screen time or regular exercise.
If you’re looking for a rewarding hobby that decreases screen time, helps you to stay more organized and/or keeps track of your habits and activities, then I definitely recommend that you start your own bullet journal! You don’t need to start at the beginning of the year or school year, you can start it any time! It’s a great way to start tracking healthy habits and keep track of your assignments (or Netflix shows you want to watch). I also like bullet journaling because I get to take the time to listen to a podcast or watch a show while I set up my pages. Pinterest is a great resource for the beginning of your bullet journal journey.
This is a great hobby to get into for many reasons. Take it from a (biased) bullet journal aficionado, I 10/10 would recommend.