Greetings, Earthlings! Now that the sheer terror of getting settled into graduate school has passed, I can finally say that I’m so freaking excited for the semester to start! It’s been so long since I’ve been in school, and I love academia. I love learning new things. And I love the planner and office supplies that come out for the start of school!
Give Me ALL of The Planner Supplies!
So naturally, being a planner and bullet journal junkie, I plan on heading to the store to stock up on some supplies. Folders, pens, notebooks. It fills me with so much geeky glee to organize things in folders, like it’s the only semblance of order in my otherwise chaotic life.
But I happen to know that there are far too many similar people out there who also collect journals. Don’t lie. We all know you do. Your bookshelves are lined with unused notebooks and planners because the potential of what they could be used for far outweighs the thought of ruining them by putting the wrong thing inside.
My mom actually purchased me a calendar from Walmart a few months ago because I was in dire need, and you know what? I don’t hate it. It has lovely flowers all over the cover and the layout inside is nice and generic. There is a monthly overview and an area to create any sort of list you want on the side. There is also room to expand the month by day, followed by a notes section at the back. It came with an accompanying calendar that has room to store passwords, contacts, financial information, and so on. Which means if it fell into the wrong hands, welp, your whole life would be out there for anyone to take. But if you are like me, you will guard that notebook with your life.
And the best part is that those Walmart calendar books have holes in the sides so you can put them into a binder. Fuck me up. My body is ready.
New Bullet Journal Spread
Ok, so that’s all well and good, but I still also use my bullet journal. Its small size and customization options still make it one of my favorite planner tools. I find that when I stick to just the basic spreads, I lose passion for it. What really makes bullet journaling fun is switching it up month to month.
This month, I’ve made a “firework” style flow chart that lists all of my accomplishments since I graduated college in 2012. I think as adults, life can become overwhelming. It’s easy to forget all the things that we’ve accomplished through the years. If you are feeling like you haven’t accomplished much, I suggest you try this spread out. Every time I open to that page, I am reminded that I haven’t been doing nothing. I’ve been working through some of the hardest years of life the best I can.
And the cool thing about this spread is that you can do it monthly, yearly, daily, and you can add to it as you accomplish more things.
What would be on your accomplishment tree?
When classes start, I will be adding in some study spreads, so stay tuned if that’s something you’d be interested in seeing!