Bullet Journaling for students, Part 3: Student life
Welcome to the third and final part of the series “Bullet Journaling for students”!
In this third installment, I want to tackle the every-day student life organization. Though school, classes and exams are a big part of what occupies a student’s time, there are other elements to take into consideration.
Many students work part-time jobs during their studies. As such, they have to juggle their classes, studying, homework, a budget, etc. Through all of this, they also have to do their grocery shopping and cook, in order to eat.
Indeed, this post is the third and final part to a three-part series. To check out the other articles in the series:
3. Bullet Journaling for students, Part 3: Student life (You are here)
Now that you have your semester well planned out (Part 1) and that you have taken down the due dates of your projects and exams (Part 2), you are ready to plan the month ahead.
Of course, the planning you already did will not have been for nothing. It will be much faster and more efficient to plan out your month with this part of the work already done.
I created a Monthly log based on what I actually use in my Bullet Journal, but I adapted it for students. I opted for three columns instead of two: one column for personal events, another column for work shifts, and finally, a third new column for anything school-related.
I like to keep my monthly events separated into categories, I find this system is a lot more efficient.
Finally, on the right side of the page, I created a space to write down some tasks to accomplish during the month, as well as some notes to keep in mind for the next month.
For school, I decided that the Weekly log, where you see the whole week, was better than the Daily log, where it’s one day at a time. I thought it was better to have an overview of the week when we open our Bullet Journal.
The page I created for the Weekly log for students contains all seven days of the week spread out on two pages, as well as a space to write down tasks to do for the week.
As well as space for writing down planned events, school work to hand in and work shifts, I decided to include a study log, at the bottom of each day. Each rectangle represents one hour of study time, and they are colored in every day to keep track of the studying done that day.
Of course, I’m sure I don’t need to say it, it’s possible to adapt the page to YOUR needs. It’s also possible that for you, the Daily log works better at keeping you on track of things. And that’s the great thing about the Bullet Journal: it can be whatever you need it to be. Plus, if need be, each week’s page could be different, as sometimes needs vary from one week to the next.
One of the hardest things for me when I was trying to adapt to the university student life was trying to plan my meals for the week. I was not an experienced cook when I moved out on my own for school, but I quickly learned to plan my meals a few days in advance. This saved me a lot of time and avoided a lot of trips to the grocery store.
Here’s an idea for a spread for meal planning every week. The best thing to do is to plan your meals a few days ahead, and only go once to the grocery store to get everything you need.
When I was in school, I had to learn to manage my finances. Now that I think back on it, a spread to keep track of my budget would have been super useful, if I’d had a Bullet Journal at the time.
I created a simple but efficient spread to keep track of your budget on a monthly basis. On the one side, you write down the bills you have to pay this month, as well as what you allow yourself to spend every week or for the month. I also included my salary from my (fictive) part-time job, to really understand our whole budget for the month.
Then, on the right-side page, a simple table to write down the spending of the month. At the bottom of the table, a space is left to write down the total of what was spent, to verify if it matches the budget allowed.
And this concludes the third and final part of the “Bullet Journaling for students” series. I hope I helped some of you be more organized during your school semester.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or send me a message! My door (or inbox) is always open!
Until next time!
Did you like the spreads I made in my Bullet Journal? Here are the tools I used to make them:
- Notebook: Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid
- Sakura Pigma Micron pen, 02, 03, 05
- Tombow Mono drawing pen
- Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen
- Zebra Mildliners