We’ve long passed the climax of New Year’s resolutions, and are reaching the season of Midterms, projects, and prayers (both for Lent and out of desperation for Spring Break). So why am I bringing up agendas?

Well, I’m glad you asked (said no one).

Okay, hear me out.

Bullet Journals are not quite like a planner. Agendas and planners are meant to organize a student’s day in accordance to homework and classes, and even clubs. However, a lot of people find them intimidating or tedious or just plain boring. Personally, I resort to the Reminders app on my phone whenever I can, and set goals on Post-It Notes that almost always get lost in my backpack.

However, Ryder Carroll developed Bullet Journals as a way to customize your record of progress by balancing creativity and organization – to foster inspiration from the goals you set as well as the goals you achieve.

Tip: invest in pens that don’t bleed through the paper

So what are the perks of bullet journalism? Let’s keep with the theme and look at the following bullet list:

  • You can keep organized (a visual planner).

    Pinterest has a lot of ideas for creating Bullet Journal page templates!
  • It’s easy to prioritize your goals outside of class.
  • They are highly customizable.
  • Pinterest has tons of posts and boards with template ideas!
  • You get to use colored pencils!
  • You can set a variety of goals ranging from “weight loss” to “movies I want to watch.”
  • It’s a cheaper Adult Coloring Book (#stress_less)
  • You can use this as a regular journal (to vent or to brag!)
  • You can keep track of your progress.
Here is an example of a Bullet Journal test page, created by Neanta Parnell.

“I’m getting so inspired from all of these Pinterest posts!” said Neanta Parnell, ’17, who was just introduced to the concept.

“I’m obsessed! But it works for different people” said Dominique Joe, ’19, who already knew about Bullet Journals and was bouncing up and down with excitement.

Dominque also showed us her favorite YouTube videos on “Bullet Journal Flip-Throughs” where people explain how and why they set up their own personal journals.

 

Tip: RECYCLE YOUR OLD COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK AND USE THE GRID LINES IN PLACE OF THE DOTS!

Tip: CREATING PAGES IS FUN, BUT IT’S EASY TO LOSE TRACK OF TIME! #BUDGET_WISELY

So if the planners from Target aren’t doing anything for you, maybe try a Bullet Journal out! It’s a fun way to check off those pesky tasks from your list – with a bright, new pen and your own customized flourish.

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