If there’s one thing teachers understand, it’s that creativity and organization go hand in hand. No doubt, that’s why so many educators have discovered bullet journaling to be the perfect solution for keeping track of their schedules and to-do lists. If you’re already familiar with bullet journals, then skip down to discover some great layout ideas for teachers. But first, for anyone who is brand new to bullet journaling, here’s a brief introduction!
At its heart, bullet journaling is a flexible system that lets you customize your planner to meet your personal and specific needs. Instead of pre-printed pages, which usually have not enough space where you need it and too much where you don’t, you can use any blank notebook as a bullet journal. It’s organized with the help of a few core components:
- Key – a list of the symbols you use to help you track tasks
- Index – a list of where to find important pages in your bullet journal
- Future Log – an annual calendar of events
- Monthly Log – a monthly calendar of events
- Daily Log – your daily list of to-dos, notes, etc.
- Collections and Lists – anything else you want to keep in your planner
If any of these components don’t meet your personal needs, you can leave them out!
The key element of bullet journaling (as the name implies) is rapid logging, a system of tracking your to-dos with a short, bulleted list. A set of defined symbols helps you keep track of the status of each task or event, and anything that doesn’t get done gets migrated to the next day’s list. Collections and lists are interspersed with the daily log—whenever you have new information to record, you just use the next blank page and record it in your index.
If you want to learn more about the basics of bullet journaling, don’t miss the introductory video from bulletjournal.com.
Personalizing a Bullet Journal
At its heart, bullet journaling is a minimalist system. All you really need to get started is a notebook and a pen. However, as many people have discovered in the past few years, there’s infinite room for creativity and self-expression in a bullet journal. In fact, if you’ve ever looked up bullet journals on Instagram or Pinterest, you might feel a little intimidated by some of the layouts created by artists and letterers.
But don’t worry! A bullet journal doesn’t have to be a work of art in order to be a fun and functional tool for keeping your life organized. It can, however, be a great excuse to indulge in some fresh office supplies. Colorful pens, highlighters stickers, labels, washi tape—whatever strikes your fancy and helps make your planner feel more like you.
Bullet Journal Spreads for Teachers
Because you can start a bullet journal at any time (not just at the start of the calendar year), why not customize your future log for the semester or academic year? Make a layout that keeps track of your schedule of classes, or record important school dates.
Keep track of how much time you spend on different teaching tasks, use collection pages for lesson planning, record important reference information, keep yourself inspired and track your professional growth.
Or, even countdown to summer!