15 Ways That Bullet Journals Can Help You Get Your Sh*t Together

15 Ways That Bullet Journals Can Help You Get Your Sh*t Together

2018 has got nothing on you.

As we begin a new year, it's time to restart and reorganize. It's time to write down your goals and stick to them. As someone who's a big fan of organization (catch me with a color-coded g-cal, an abundance of post-its, and my homework schedule planned out for the entire semester), I have recently become quite intrigued with bullet journals. I know, I'm a little late to the trend. I switched so much of my organization over to a digital format, but I have to admit, there's something nice about physically writing down your calendar and to-do list. Bullet journals seem to be the perfect way to stay organized, be creative, and perhaps most importantly, just look like you have your sh*t together.

So, as you prepare for a fresh start in the new year, here is some bullet journal inspiration that you can use to show 2018 what you've got.

1. To plan out your morning routine...

Good days start with good mornings. Start your day off strong by following a calming routine to get yourself in the right headspace for the day. And remember your routine by putting it in your bullet journal!

2. When it comes to your to-do list, organize it by category...

3. Or organize it by day.

Choose your style based on how your mind works!

4. You might even want to do a separate to-do list for your homework.

Work on a little each day so that you're not stressing Sunday night!

5. Making a key for your to-do list can only make your more organized!

6. New Year's resolutions are great, but monthly goals may be more realistic!

7. What better way to track those goals than with a habit tracker?

So you can really see your progress.

8. For those of your trying to budget, an expense tracker can be super helpful.

9. If you're saving up for something big, keep track of that too!

Watch your savings grow!

10. Stay organized and save time by planning out your meal prep!

11. Keep clean with an annual cleaning schedule.

How else are you going to remember to rotate your mattress?

12. Never forget birthdays with this super cute design.

Because if Aunt Betty doesn't have a Facebook, how are you going to remember her birthday?

13. Keep track of your travel as well!

14. If you set reading goals, write them to down to hold yourself to them!

Plus, I love the goal of reading for fun and reading for growth.

15. Or maybe your Netflix goals?

16. And at the end of each month, take some time to reflect!

Learn what to improve, what to continue, and watch your life get so much more enjoyable!

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Being A Leader Can Be A Double-Edged Sword

Leadership experience is key, however, with it, you have to be able to roll with the punches.

“What kind of leadership experience do you have? Do you plan on taking on leadership roles in the future?” I feel like leadership is a word you cannot avoid anymore and these are just some of the questions that students face on a regular basis.

In this day and age, college students have faced an extreme pressure to get involved on campus, gain leadership experience and then translate those things onto a resume. In the last year, I have held different leadership roles within a couple different organizations and it has really opened my eyes to the positive and negative sides to them.

Gaining leadership skills is imperative in order to be successful in the workforce, hopefully, in writing this I will be able to shed light on the positive aspects while preparing readers for the possible hardships that can come.

Being a leader can be so fun! Within any organization, there are so many different leadership roles you can take on, and I highly suggest you do. Take on whichever role really speaks to you and your character. The more you feel you relate to the requirements of the position the better you will understand and value it. That’s the exciting part! You learn so much, get to grow as a person, doing something you’re passionate about, while also leading others and giving yourself to something bigger.

Some other really great aspects are the tools that the role can offer you. You all of a sudden gain access to people, technology, and opportunities you would not otherwise have had. You learn how to communicate with people that you may not have otherwise crossed paths with, you learn how to feel compassion for those same people, these things learned on top of basic organizational skills and public speaking skills. When given the title you automatically become the go-to person for that thing and over time, given the effort you put in, master it, which is truly an accomplishment.

Leadership, in general, can and will test most if not every aspect of you as a person.

The knowledge you have of your position will be tested, but even further it will test the strength you have as a human. Being the leader means owning up to your mistakes. Every. Single. Time. It means that you get to fulfill all of the fun parts of the job, but also the not-so-fun parts. Your leadership position can and will make you question yourself as a person and what you stand for. This is something I had no idea would happen, and frankly, I was not ready to have to do that.

However, just like with most things, I did it and learned more about who I am.

Something else that is important to remember about these roles, is that when things go wrong, you and the other leaders, will be the fall guy. When something happens that those in your organization do not agree with, whether it be organizationally sanctioned or not, those members will look for someone to blame. That in and of itself is something we as people will always do, and it may not always be the right way to approach the situation, however, it does happen.

Just like any good leader, when things don’t happen the way they were supposed to, that person not only takes the emotional hit that comes with it, but they also have to take the heat from those in the group that do not agree with what happened.

Experiences such as those are the ones that will make any leader question if they are truly fit for doing so. In the end, that leader will learn, grow, and hopefully change, in order to keep the best interests of the whole group in mind.

Taking on leadership roles, will for most people be inevitable.

There is so much a person can learn about themselves and others when doing so. In the last year, I have held several different leadership roles within different organizations and it has really opened my eyes to what leaders face every day whether it be on a small or large scale. Gaining leadership skills is key to being successful in the workforce, and hopefully, in putting my experiences into writing I have taught readers that you should pursue every opportunity afforded you in the realm of leadership, but that it takes a strong person willing to adapt and grow.

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30 Thoughts You Probably Had During The First Day Of Classes

It's all fun and games until you have to go back to class

One of the greatest joys in life is finally heading back to college after break. While it is accompanied with some sadness of leaving your family, pets and bed, it is made up for with college friends, independence and just the general greatness of college life. However, actually going to classes is another story. Here are 30 thoughts you probably had while getting adjusted to the first day of class.

1. *Alarm goes off* Is it really time to get up?

2. I forgot how much it sucked to have community bathrooms

3. Should I dress nicely?

4. What is everyone else wearing?

5. I don't even know where my classes are

6. Am I in the right room?

7. I sorta know that person. Should I sit next to them or is that weird?

8. How are we already on lesson one?!!??!

9. What happened to syllabus week???

10. I already have homework??

11. This is not what I signed up for

12. Okay, it is but still! I wasn't ready for this

13. I wonder if anyone else has lunch right now

14. Why are all my friends in class

15. I guess I'll eat lunch alone

16. Oh good, people I know!!!

17. Why am I already sick of the food here it has only been one day

18. Time for my class! Yay!

19. *repeat thoughts six through 12*

20. Finally done for the day!!!

21. Should I go to the gym or nap?

22. Maybe I'll be productive

23. Or just hang out with friends and do nothing because I don't have that much work yet

24. It was only the first day and I'm exhausted

25. At least I get to pick what time to eat dinner!

26. Why are there so many club meetings

27. Back to the communal showers!

28. I miss my big bed

29. I wonder if my pet misses me yet

30. Can't wait to do this all again tomorrow!

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