If you’ve ever tried to get something done without a detailed to-do list and actually achieved what you set out to achieve, raise your hand. Really, no hands? Well, fear not, because today you’re going to get a sneak peak into the university planning system of an organisational freak – I can tell you’re excited.
I’ve been bullet journaling since August, I first began because I didn’t want to splurge on a midyear planner, but now, I continue because it’s the most freeing planning system you could possibly come across. It’s simple to do, and gives you ultimate control – not to mention, it means you don’t have any of those ugly blank days scattered throughout your year, if you don’t plan it, you don’t write it, nobody has to know!
When I first began I loved daily spreads, I couldn’t understand why anyone would do anything different. Now, 5 months in, my opinion has changed. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good daily spread, but weeklies are the way to go for university students.
In the interest of avoiding further ramble, why don’t I just show you the spread?
When I first think about planning my week, this is what it looks like. I decided to draw six vertical boxes with Sunday on the left and Friday on the right. Obviously, this will depend on your own schedule. For me, Saturday is usually the day where I avoid planning, so I don’t mind it being demoted to the horizontal space at the bottom. If you have a chilled Sunday, you might want to switch it up – that’s the wonderful thing about bullet journaling, every part of it is completely up to you.
To keep track, I write the day of the week above each box and have a small square to indicate the date (that way I don’t accidentally miss a due date.
Then, it’s time to add my time tracker. I start my days at 7:00, the earliest hour I have to wake up in an average week, and end at midnight (what can I say, I’m a night owl). TOP TIP: Write the number on the line not in the space, it’ll make everything so much easier to follow!
Then it’s time to schedule in the fixed events in my week (lectures, tutorials, all my bus times, and any other pre-determined events for the week). I colour code the boxes according to module, it makes life a whole lot simpler.
Now that I know roughly how much time I have on any given day, it’s time to fill out my ‘main to-do’s’ section. I only have a ‘main to-do’ for weekdays, and these are always things relating to university work. It could be to work on an assignment, to read a book or to make notes from a tutorial or lecture. Having one task a day is perfect because it isn’t too overwhelming, it spurs me to do more, and it makes me feel like I’ve been productive, even if I did just focus on one task all day.
As the week goes on, I use a pencil to schedule in a rough to-do list for each day, as I complete the activities I write them in pen and highlight them accordingly – that way, at the end of the week, I can see which modules I’ve been favouring a little too much, and can see what tasks were omitted and must be completed next week.
I hope you guys found this post useful, if you’ve got any planning tips let me know – I love switching things up and improving my system!