Who’s ready for a little education on education today? I’m SO excited to be welcoming the oh-so-lovely Jessica Chung of Pretty Prints & Paper to the Boho Berry Guests series today!
One thing I love about this “little” community of ours is how diverse we all are. We comprise all ages, genders, and walks of life. While I love sharing my Bullet Journal system with the world, I’ve come to realize that I don’t always have all of the answers for all of you out there.
On that note, I’ve decided to start inviting guest bloggers to come on and share how they are adapting the Bullet Journal system to meet their needs.
Please join me in giving Jessica a super warm welcome today. Take it away, Jess!
Hello all! I am so honored to be featured on the Boho Berry Blog and hope to give you a peek into how I’m using the bullet journal system in my work. The bujo system in combination with our online tools really helps me stay on track and do my work more intentionally.
For context, I work in the higher education space as a curriculum & teaching specialist. I teach, I write lesson plans, and help run the program which means my days consist of a lot of meetings, strategy level planning and execution level tasks in collaboration with an awesome team. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see in my system.
These are my main squeezes when it comes to planning my work. You see my wide Foxy Notebook. The smaller book is a Motto notebook which is for my work spreads, notes, and project planning. I leave this notebook at work to reduce the bulk in my Foxy. Lastly, my disc-bound Levenger notebook is what I use for teaching classes.
This is the inside of my Foxy Notebook, which is one of 4 May Designs inserts I have in the leather cover. Originally inspired by Kim (Tiny Ray of Sunshine), the weekly is the core to my system and keeps my life together. Since, I’ve developed it into my own personal style to suit my needs. I go by the week so I can plan out important tasks across my work week of 5 days. which houses my bullet journal for ALL of my tasks both personal and work. Frankly I would lose it if I had to try to figure out where to put my tasks!
I have this out pretty much all day, and have it broken into whatever sections I need that week, track some key habits, and jot down my gratitude and expenses. You’ll notice I don’t have detailed meeting or appointment notes because I live via Google Calendar – all my co-workers and my husband is on it, so it makes finding time to meet and reminders so much easier.
Interested in combining bullet journal and traveler’s notebooks? Read more about it!
I do a lot of things. So I rely on this time chart to help me figure out what I’m doing and when. From the shading I can tell immediately what times are busiest in my cycle, and when I have a break for things like… oh, vacation, right. It’s not like I USE this page a lot – but the act of thinking through your entire year in this way is extremely helpful in taking ownership of your work and shaping your time. You can do this for specific projects as well!
I like taking physical notes – if I’m taking digital notes DURING the meeting I find myself typing verbatim and not actually processing what is important enough for me to write down. By having these notes I just reference when I needed.
When there are tasks involved, I draw a line down the page to keep notes on the left side and tasks on the right side to keep them separate. After the meeting, I’ll jot down the tasks in my bullet journal or create future reminders in my Google Calendar. If tasks are assigned to other people, our team uses Asana.
Something I need to do throughout the semester and year is track little changes and hiccups I notice along the way or feedback I hear about how classes are going. I keep this collection in my work notebook. It’s invaluable as I’m sitting down now to go over changes to make for the fall. This can of course be applied to many projects as you want to make incremental changes over time.
I do a lot of my work in teams, which means I don’t keep everything on paper – that would just be a collaboration nightmare! But what my bujo does is capture my thoughts and create a sense of order for me to identify the work I need to do. This process is an example of it – where I could organize the steps of the projects I’m completing this summer. From here we heavily rely on Google Drive to create shared documents to collaborate in real time.
This is my teaching binder. I use the Levenger disc system to house all things related to my class – the syllabus, course calendar, class list, readings, and daily agendas. The ease of pulling papers out and in make it perfect for each term. The things inside aren’t hand-drawn or even bullet journal style, but I wanted to show you how all these things work TOGETHER to create a system that saves my life.
Pro tip – I create one of these for all of my students each semester. The syllabus format is superlinear, and as we all know, that doesn’t work for everyone! It certainly doesn’t work for me. So I do this to help students visualize deadlines. This is on a Google Slide – because ain’t nobody got time to hand draw a calendar.
I never tell people to create detailed lesson plans in the bullet journal format – the pros are just so high for a digital format since you can easily share them, edit them, read them, and evolve them each semester. I created this structure to help me organize prep, lesson, and follow-up items. On the bottom you’ll see those sections, where I jot notes down after class and then write down the tasks in my bullet journal.
Interested in seeing more ideas for your education or coaching work? Read more here!
That was a HUGE breakdown! This system was a YEAR in the making, and together, the pieces create an amazing machine. All this to say –
- Don’t be afraid to break the rules – using the bullet journal doesn’t mean you have to give up the digital apps that make your life easier.
- Refine your system every week – if you try it and it doesn’t work, try something new.
- Have FUN doing it!
What do you think? What ideas would you borrow or add? Let me know down below!
Thanks to Kara for letting me be part of the show!
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Jessica Chung is a Minneapolis calligrapher/bullet journalist/blogger and face behind Pretty Prints & Paper. On her blog, she combines her passions for teaching and planning to inspire others to cultivate the life they have always imagined through tutorials, ideas, and lessons about lettering and bullet journaling. You might find her in different states and countries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, art classes of all kinds, a cappella concerts, or at the nearest Americano.