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It seems a natural progression that when you start Bullet Journaling, you eventually want to move on to more quality notebooks, especially the ones that have the dot grid format. The two most popular notebooks currently on the market are the Leuchtturm 1917 and the Rhodia Webnotebook. Both are priced between $15-20 on most online stores.
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Two big questions asked during my recent presentation to the freshmen were 1) How do I make this work with the composite notebooks I am required to use in math/science classes and 2) How do I deal with out of order notes? This video from Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the Bullet Journal, addresses both of these.
FUTURE LOG – BASIC
This is an example of a basic Future Log. Notice there are no extra “bells and whistles.” This student chose to not even use lines. One suggestion I would make to improve this FL would be a clearer use of dates and times. A second suggestion would be to use pen because the pencil writing is not showing up well.
Student created her own modified Key system. Note that she also added a little extra by drawing keys.
MONTHLY LAYOUT – TRADITIONAL CALENDAR
This is the same student who created the Key. She is using a “Dot Grid” notebook. This is her Monthly Spread. She has opted for a more traditional looking calendar style layout. Additionally, she has included a list of Important Tasks and Important Dates in the margin.
MONTHLY LAYOUT – MINIMALIST
This student has opted for a minimalist approach to his Bullet Journal. He is using the standard Monthly Spread associated with the BuJo system. He has also included a page for notes. One suggestion I would make to improve this is to add times to the events listed on the “calendar” portion of the layout.
MONTHLY LAYOUT – TRADITIONAL CALENDAR w/Color
This is another example of student opting to create a more traditional monthly calendar lay out. She has also incorporated a bit of color to highlight certain dates. She does not have times listed but uses her smart phone to supplement the Bullet Journal system. She also has left room in the margin in case she wants to add notes.
This is an example of how to incorporate daily class notes into your Bullet Journal system. This student incorporates the use of highlighters to add color and emphasis to the notes. Additionally, note that she uses a bit of sketchnoting in the development of her notes. This is good example of a student who combines notes, activities and migration all on the same page. Note also, that she makes full use of each of the pages.
This student has included a monthly Habit Tracker in her system. Note also in the left hand corner that she has written in the page number so she can properly index the entry.
MONTHLY LAYOUT – 2 COLUMNS
This student (same as above) has opted to modify the standard Monthly Layout by organizing it into two columns. This gives her the option and flexibility to write notes about the calendar entries.
WEEKLY LAY OUT – EVENTS, NOTES & TASKS
The same student uses a multi-tiered system for her Weekly Layout. She gives herself room at the top of the columns for events and the majority of the room for tasks. She saves room in the bottom margin for notes and a reading tracker.