A Student’s Guide to Bullet Journaling

Do you have a busy student’s life? All the assignments, deadlines and tasks you have to do. And if you are not busy enough, you also have a side-job to pay for living. How do you plan the busiest moment of your study? The Bullet Journal can help! In this student’s guide to Bullet Journaling I’m going to show you I’ve planned my study during the busiest period, the 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.

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 Planning by Planning Routine

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 by Planning Routine

Productivity Mandala

Productivity Mandala by Planning RoutineThe 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!

It’s very simple: you make a circle for every day of the month. You fill in a circle at the of the day with a color that represents the amount of hours you’ve worked. 1 hour is purple, 4 hours is green and 6 hours is red for example. After a while you will know how much hours you’ve worked on your assignments! It’s fun and relaxing to do and gives you a clear mind.

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.

PS: Don’t be distracted by the daily that is below this 😉

Question Tracker By Planning Routine

What are your tips and spreads?

I hope I’ve inspired you with these tips and spread and that you can work better now. Do you have good ideas? Share them in the comment section below!

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2 thoughts on “A Student’s Guide to Bullet Journaling”

  • It takes time to do all this, reporting on the index, on the monthly and weekly log. I tried to start a bullet journal, but found myself dedicating all my time trying to make it organized. That was terrible. Definitely not for me, because I never reread myself (hate writing, hate read what I have written, tricky, I know). I have to learn to organize myself first (in my head), and then learn to make things automatic. I have never succeeded to make myself organized. I always hated the organized world, I like things to be natural (not a mess, I don’t like chaos). I would have liked to develop a system that is flexible and at the same time that is tidy, easy to organize. I have not yet found (developed or discovered) such a system.

    • Thank you for your comment. I understand it; a lot of people have had the same thing. I always give the advise to adjust the system to your needs; don’t use the index? Just don’t make one! In the end you’ll find a system that is suited for you.

      In my daily routine, I’ll mostly use the daily tracker to just sum up the tasks I need to do that day; when I can’t finish them, I’ll write them down on the next day as a reminder. Don’t try to make it too organized if that doesn’t fit you. It’s your Bullet Journal, so make it for you alone 🙂 I’ll hope I gave you some inspiration.

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