As the new semester is getting into full swing, the pressure of up-coming deadlines and exams may already be lurking in the back of your mind. Juggling lectures and workloads with social life, exercise, self-care, hobbies, and anything else you might have going on can be overwhelming. Well, the bullet journal could very well be your answer!

There is so much information on bullet journals out there in the world wide web, but it can be a bit confusing. Consider this your dummy’s guide to the bullet journal!

1. The Key

Once you’ve chosen your book – the moleskine dotted notebook is highly recommended for this, but anything will work! – the first thing you’ll want to do is write out your key.

These symbols are fairly self-explanatory and will help you organise your to-do list, whether this is assignments, chores, or anything else you need to remind yourself about!  It’s also a good idea to have an Index or Contents page next, which you can add to as you put more sections into your bullet journal. This is best followed by an annual overview:

Don’t worry if you’re not the most creative person in the world – your bullet journal is whatever you want it to be. More importantly, it should be fun! If you like being arty, make it as elaborate as you like. If you need something quick and easy to organise your life, you can keep it plain and simple!

2. Habit Tracker

Having a monthly habit tracker can help with so many things. Whether you want to monitor your spending, your alcohol consumption, encourage yourself to exercise more or wake-up early, it’s entirely personal!

3. Planning

Now for the important bit! Whatever you have going on, break it down into manageable goals. Maybe that will include assignments, attending lectures and/or seminars, reading, revising. Having it all written down in one place makes it all feel so much more manageable!

4. To-Do

And finally, if you’re the sort of person who loves ticking off their daily to-dos, consider adding a weekly planner:

But remember: have fun with it! And good luck with your studies!!


Written by MSV Resident, Georgia Tutt.