Academic Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling has been a very useful tool for me in keeping my research and personal lives moving forward. I started off just writing a To Do list every week, and copying completed items onto a “To Done” list (or what others have more effectively called a “Ta Da” list). This worked really well for a while, but each sheet of paper could get lost and besides being organized in a weekly fashion, it had no useful structure.

I personally use the rapid logging method for most of my bullet journaling. It’s simple, elegant, doesn’t require much time or thought, and still looks really pleasing. You can learn more here:

I’ve also adapted a lot of Dr Ellie Mackin Roberts’ advice for academic bullet journaling. While some research pipeline ideas have not worked for me, I think I’ve found something that does work (at least for now). I think the best, most sustainable part of bullet journals is how flexible they are — if a format doesn’t work, stop using it and try something new! There are no mistakes.


My journals

I keep two journals at the moment: one for daily use (personal and professional) and one for research. They are both Leuchtturm1917 paperbacks (125mm×190mm), which I like because the pages are pre-numbered, they come with an index at the front, and there are two built-in bookmarks in each. The green one is my (BrEng) diary and the orange one is my research notebook. I keep tables of contents and future logs for both, but  only do monthly spreads in my Daily journal. I tried weekly spreads, but they didn’t work for me. I’m still tweaking my research pipeline and I’m not sure the current version is adequate, but I think I’ll need to make more progress on a few of the projects and reevaluate to be sure.

Each photo in the gallery has a description of the content and how I use it to facilitate my research and daily life. Click through and check it out!