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A Student's Bullet Journal: How I Plan My Thesis

To get straight to the point: the Bullet Journal is saving my life at the moment. What should I do if I hadn’t my precious notebook? It gives me less stress and more focus right now. For those who didn’t knew it yet: I’m working on my final thesis now, so it’s been a hectic period with lots of deadlines and appointments to handle. But how is the Bullet Journal helping me, you may ask. Well, you will get the answer in this post. I’m going to share my story of how the Bullet Journal is guiding me through the final bits of my Bachelor.

A Student's Bullet Journal: How I Plan My Thesis

Personal Goals

Before I start to reveal my ‘secrets’, I am first going to share my goals. I want to finish my study a little bit earlier then most of my co-students. My goal is to finish at the start of may. This gives me more time to spend on Planning Routine. I want to write more blogposts and make more stickers then I currently do.  Another reason is that I really want to prepare well for my master Education Science and Technology.

I actually have one more secret reason to finish early, but I can’t share that just yet. But I can guarantee you that it will be amazing! 🙂

Now that you know my goals, let’s continue to how the Bullet Journal is helping me through my thesis and is helping me to finish early.

A Student’s Bullet Journal Revealed

Let me give you a bit of an introduction in my appointments. I study for Primary School teacher. My thesis is focussing on developing computer skills and information retrieval in the primary school. One of my goals is to design a learning method (A.K.A. Product) to improve the computer skills of young kids. You may think that today’s kids know how to use a computer, but you may be surprised by how difficult it is to gather information from the internet for these kids!

While it may seem a little strange to a lot of people that I plan and design my thesis in a notebook, it is working really well. You may not be surprised that the reason is that you can write down anything you want, without being distracted or limited by software. Without further delay, let me share what I did in my Bullet Journal to keep me on track with my thesis.

Deadline Calendar

Everybody knows a calendar, right? Well I’ve customized mine a little so that it fits my purpose: finishing before the deadlines! I wrote down all the milestones of my thesis and determined the deadlines. On the left you see another row of dates, where I track the date when I finished that milestone. It gives a great overview of how far I am with my thesis. I cheered the spread a little bit up with some nice handlettering and bright colors in my calendar.

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Product Design

The Bullet Journal has helped me a lot with the design of the product. All the ideas are written down in a single spread that could be showed to my mentor. I also used this spread as an inspiration to make the final product and I can tell you, I never thought I would pull this off so fast! In just a few days I went from design to reality, which is really great! Check out the spread below; it is quite specific for my study, but I love to show this off to you!

Product Design for my Thesis

Productivity Mandala

The mandala apparently is not only beautiful and relaxing, but can also serve other goals. I made a mandala to track my productivity in a visual way. I love to make these mandala’s! It is a great way to relax and a clear mind is more productive! I made a post about the productivity mandala recently where I explained everything in more detail, so if you want to know more about this, check out this post.

Productivity Mandala tracking my thesis

Question Tracker

I’m actually surprised by the name I guess this very simple spread. It is actually just a list with questions I have for my mentor. I write down everything that pops up in my mind, so I won’t forget to ask it in the next meeting. Don’t be distracted by the daily that is below this 😉

Question Tracker in my Bullet Journal

Don’t forget! #StickersForMe

You can still compete in the #StickersForMe challenge on Instagram! Post your spread ideas or art on Instagram with #StickersForMe and @planningroutine and get your stickers made into a sticker! The maker get choose three stickers from my shop for free!

Finish that Thesis!

I hope you liked to read my ‘student’s secrets’ and I hope I inspired some student’s around the world in finishing their thesis as well. What are your secrets? Let me know in the comment section below!

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thesis A Student’s Bullet Journal: How I Plan My Thesis

A Student's Bullet Journal: How I Plan My Thesis

To get straight to the point: the Bullet Journal is saving my life at the moment. What should I do if I hadn’t my precious notebook? It gives me less stress and more focus right now. For those who didn’t knew it yet: I’m working on my final thesis now, so it’s been a hectic period with lots of deadlines and appointments to handle. But how is the Bullet Journal helping me, you may ask. Well, you will get the answer in this post. I’m going to share my story of how the Bullet Journal is guiding me through the final bits of my Bachelor.

A Student's Bullet Journal: How I Plan My Thesis

Personal Goals

Before I start to reveal my ‘secrets’, I am first going to share my goals. I want to finish my study a little bit earlier then most of my co-students. My goal is to finish at the start of may. This gives me more time to spend on Planning Routine. I want to write more blogposts and make more stickers then I currently do.  Another reason is that I really want to prepare well for my master Education Science and Technology.

I actually have one more secret reason to finish early, but I can’t share that just yet. But I can guarantee you that it will be amazing! 🙂

Now that you know my goals, let’s continue to how the Bullet Journal is helping me through my thesis and is helping me to finish early.

A Student’s Bullet Journal Revealed

Let me give you a bit of an introduction in my appointments. I study for Primary School teacher. My thesis is focussing on developing computer skills and information retrieval in the primary school. One of my goals is to design a learning method (A.K.A. Product) to improve the computer skills of young kids. You may think that today’s kids know how to use a computer, but you may be surprised by how difficult it is to gather information from the internet for these kids!

While it may seem a little strange to a lot of people that I plan and design my thesis in a notebook, it is working really well. You may not be surprised that the reason is that you can write down anything you want, without being distracted or limited by software. Without further delay, let me share what I did in my Bullet Journal to keep me on track with my thesis.

Deadline Calendar

Everybody knows a calendar, right? Well I’ve customized mine a little so that it fits my purpose: finishing before the deadlines! I wrote down all the milestones of my thesis and determined the deadlines. On the left you see another row of dates, where I track the date when I finished that milestone. It gives a great overview of how far I am with my thesis. I cheered the spread a little bit up with some nice handlettering and bright colors in my calendar.

thesis

thesis

Product Design

The Bullet Journal has helped me a lot with the design of the product. All the ideas are written down in a single spread that could be showed to my mentor. I also used this spread as an inspiration to make the final product and I can tell you, I never thought I would pull this off so fast! In just a few days I went from design to reality, which is really great! Check out the spread below; it is quite specific for my study, but I love to show this off to you!

Product Design for my Thesis

Productivity Mandala

The mandala apparently is not only beautiful and relaxing, but can also serve other goals. I made a mandala to track my productivity in a visual way. I love to make these mandala’s! It is a great way to relax and a clear mind is more productive! I made a post about the productivity mandala recently where I explained everything in more detail, so if you want to know more about this, check out this post.

Productivity Mandala tracking my thesis

Question Tracker

I’m actually surprised by the name I guess this very simple spread. It is actually just a list with questions I have for my mentor. I write down everything that pops up in my mind, so I won’t forget to ask it in the next meeting. Don’t be distracted by the daily that is below this 😉

Question Tracker in my Bullet Journal

Don’t forget! #StickersForMe

You can still compete in the #StickersForMe challenge on Instagram! Post your spread ideas or art on Instagram with #StickersForMe and @planningroutine and get your stickers made into a sticker! The maker get choose three stickers from my shop for free!

Finish that Thesis!

I hope you liked to read my ‘student’s secrets’ and I hope I inspired some student’s around the world in finishing their thesis as well. What are your secrets? Let me know in the comment section below!

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