How to Make Revision Timetables Using Google Calendar

Making a revision timetable can be time consuming, and blocking out the time by hand can be a nightmare. That’s why I decided to try using Google Calendar to make them, as you don’t need to draw anything out yourself, you can have it with you at all times (either on your laptop, computer or phone) and it’s a paperless system, which is amazing. It’s so easy to set up and maintain, so I’m going to show you how, using a new account I set up for the purpose of this post.

Obviously, the first thing you’re going to want to do is go onto your device (I recommend a laptop or computer for this, as it’ll be easier) and open Google Calendar. Once you’ve signed in, this is what you should see:

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Before this screenshot was taken, I did change the day that the week starts on in settings, as it starts on Sunday by default.

Once it’s open, you’ll want to click on the three buttons next to “Add Calender” and click “Create New Calendar”. Here you want to add all of the catergories of activities, for example: school, any extra-curriculars like football, personal, revision, etc. Here is mine:

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The Birthdays, Reminders and Tasks calendars are there by default. If you don’t want them in your calendar, just untick the box. You can also change the colours of the calendars into the colours you prefer.

Now it’s time to schedule in your events. I’m going to start with when I’m at school. Click on “Create” in the top corner and add the title of “School”. Now change the time to whenever you are at school, for me it’s 8:30am to 3pm. Then, click on the drop down menu next to the calendar icon and click “School” so it colour codes accordingly. Finally, click “More Options” and change “Does Not Repeat” to “Every Weekday”, and press save.

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Next I’m going to schedule in my after school intervention sessions I go to, using the same method, just selecting “Weekly on ___” instead of “Every Weekday”.

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Now, schedule any extra-curricular activities you do.

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Next, schedule any personal events in the week. For example, if you’re going to the cinema or a friend’s house.

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Finally, add anything else you need to schedule, for example doctor’s appointments.

And you’re done. Now you can clearly see how much free time you have, so you can revise effectively and efficiently.

I really hope this post has been beneficial, or even just given you the motivation to make a revision timetable. At the end of the day, everyone plans differently. Some people will prefer to have their plan on a piece of paper on line, and some will prefer just winging it and revisingn when they feel like it, rather than at a set time. And that’s completely fine.

March Bullet Journal Set Up

I feel like February has gone so quick, and not just because it’s the shortest month of the year. I have definitely not done as much revision as I would’ve liked to, but right now my priority is finishing my coursework as soon as possible, and I think I’m nearly there. I went to two concerts last month, and I enjoyed both so so much, the best ways to start and end the month.

If you’ve read my 2019 Bullet Journal Set Up post, if you haven’t, I recommend you do, then you’ll know that I set up a new bullet journal for 2019, but the first couple of months were going to be in my current Leuchtturm 1917, so I wasn’t wasting the space in it. Now originially I was going to use my old journal for March, but I hated how it turned out and the look of it. So I decided I would start my new Dingbats notebook, because not only did I not like the set up, I was tired of having my collections and weekly spreads in different journals, so I moved into the new one. So here is the first monthly set up in my new bullet journal.

This month, I’ve further simplified my spreads. Starting with the cover page, I’ve done this cute hanging plant theme, which was inspired by a post on Pinterest. I’m not super happy with the lettering, but I won’t be referring to this spread much throughout the month so it doesn’t really bother me that month. For the drawings, I used 3 different coloured Crayola Supertips, all shades of green, and then the grey and green Zebra Mildliners.

Next is my monthly spread. It’s almost identical to my February spread, but there’s no dutch door and each box is 7×7, rather than 6×6. I used the light green Muji gel pen in 0.38 to draw the gird, and the same grey Mildliner for the background of the date in the corner. I’ve really been loving this grid layout, it’s the right size for me, as my handwriting is quite big, and it’s so clear and easy to understand.

Now, I don’t usually include my weekly spread in my monthly set up, but I feel it’s necessary this month. Instead of having a dedicated spread for my habits, which I always forget to track and lose interest in after the first couple weeks of the month, I’ve decided to create this “Week Summary” page to compensate. Each week, one page will be used as the summary for the week, where I will write events for the week and draw the weekly habit tracker. I think this will benefit me more as I can add and remove habits if I feel like they need to or don’t need to be included. Also, I think it will make me refer to the habits and fill them in everyday as I plan for the next day, as I will be referring to the weekly event anyway.

That is it for my monthly set up. I know it’s nothing special, but whenever I add things I don’t need, I lose interest in the bullet journal system as a whole and my life temporarily spiral out of control. To be honest, this month seems like quite a boring month for me. I have more exams and no parties or events to attend at the minute. I’m excited to see Captain Marvel on the 8th or 9th, I think it should be really good. I hope you all have a wonderful month.

2019 Bullet Journal Set Up

I’m not starting a new notebook for the year, but I have set up all my beginning of the year spreads in a new notebook, so I’ll be using two notebooks for the first few months of the year while I finish my Leuchtturm 1917 journal.

My new notebook is a grey Dingbats A5 dotted notebook with an elephant pressed onto the front cover. I used the dear notebook from Dingbats in my first bullet journal and I loved the look of it. After watching hundreds and hundreds of bullet journal videos on YouTube, I decided that my second notebook was going to be a Leuchtturm because I’m a sucker for following trends. And honestly, I was a little underwhelmed by it. By the way everyone talked about it I thought it would’ve been the greatest notebook ever, but I thought it was overpriced for what it was. It is very pretty to look at, but other than that, it was just an ordinary notebook. I must say that I like the two bookmarks that come in the Leuchtturm, and I will miss that when I finally move into my Dingbats because it only has one. I decided to go back to Dingbats because the covers are so beautiful, and there are no pesky pre-printed pages which would just waste paper. I never referred to my index, so the numbered pages and 3 page index was just a waste.

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On the first page of dotted paper, I made a key and a “priorities” section. The key is pretty self-explanatory, it has the different icons I use throughout my journal and the page length and width so I don’t have to count along every time I’m making a spread. I kind of wish I’d made a “grid spacing cheat sheet” as AmandaRachLee called it, where you make a page spread of all of the measurements you may need in your bullet journal so you don’t have to do the maths every time, but I enjoy maths so I don’t mind. The “Priorities” section is where I’m basically putting things I want to do through the year, or things I just need to remember. I wouldn’t call it a goals page, because there’s not really any steps to take to achieve them, they’re just reminders, or things I want to do, but they’re not tasks either. I’m making it sound really complicated, aren’t I?

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Next I have my future log, which is where you write any events that aren’t happening in the current month that you need to remember. The width of this notebook is 28 spaces, so four columns fit perfectly on one page. Not going to lie, when I worked it out, I almost cried, because my Leuchtturm is 26 spaces, which only divides into 1, 2, 13 and 26, so nothing ever fits perfectly onto one page. I’ve just got the abbreviation of the month on the top and then the calendar month from Monday to Sunday, then empty space, then a little sections for birthdays. My future log takes up 3 pages, with 4 columns on each page, as I’ve already said.

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On the fifth page I didn’t know what else to add, so wrote “you’re strong enough” in the centre of the page. This is to remind myself that I can get through my GCSEs in June and I don’t need to stress too much about them, because I’m strong enough to power through and achieve the academic goals I’ve set myself.

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Next is a travel dedicated spread, as I’m hoping to do some travelling in the 10 weeks I have off when I finish my exams. They’ll probably just be day trips, but they’ll be loads of fun. It’s currently empty because I don’t have any plans, but I’m hoping it’ll fill up throughout the year. On the left of the page I’ll write any places that I have visited, for example if I go to Whitby, I’ll write it on the left. And on the right I’ll write anywhere I’ve planned to go, for example, if me and my dad go to Birmingham to watch the football, I’ll write it on the right before we go, and move it to the left when we go.

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After that, I have a page for any blog post ideas I have. Before, I had the spread in my monthly set ups, there was a lot of repetition, because I only make like five posts a month. I split the page in half, so there’s hopefully a lot more room and I won’t have to make a second spread, but I won’t be upset if I have to. I haven’t filled it in yet, I definitely need to have a brainstorming session soon.

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This is definitely my favourite spread in my set up. I realised that I’m rubbish at keeping track of what I’m posting, how much I’ve done for a post. Sometimes I haven’t done any work for my Sunday post when it gets to Friday, and I get stressed and rush the post, and I’m never happy with the result, because I just haven’t had the time to make it high quality. I didn’t do any pencil plans for this spread, I just knew what I wanted and just went with it, and I’m really happy with the result. It’s quite a simple spread, to be honest. I have the abbreviation of the month in cursive and the date of the first and every Sunday in that month. In the middle of each row there’s space for the title of the blog post, and on the right there’s a tracker so I can see how far away I am to completing my blog post. W = Write, C = Check, I = featured image and S = Schedule. this spread takes up three pages as there’s four months on each page.

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Finally, I have a stats page for the blog. I try to not become too obsessed with the traffic my blog is getting, but I think it’ll be nice to see any growth or decline in my blog throughout the year. Along the bottom of the graph I have every month in the year and up the side I have the numbers 0 to 100. I’ll use two different coloured pens to track the views of my blog and the individual visitors. The views will most likely be higher than the visitor numbers, because some people will view more than one page, and every different page that is viewed is one view. I’ll use the extra space at the bottom to make another graph if my views pass 100 in two consecutive months.

I’m really looking forward to the next year in my bullet journal and I hope you’re here to go on this planning journey together.

Why I Chose To Use A Bullet Journal for 2019

So, I was contemplating whether or not to buy a planner on carrying on with my bullet journal for 2019.With my GCSEs in May/June, the first half of the year is so busy, I didn’t know whether I would have the time to make all of the spreads. But I did some looking on YouTube and Instagram and got loads of inspiration for spreads that are easy to make and won’t take up a lot of time. If you think about it, I’m finally using the bullet journal in its intended way, just with more colours, because who doesn’t love colours.I’ve loved the bullet journal system since I first discovered it over three years ago. It’s definitely been a love-hate relationship with the system, but when I commit myself to it, it works wonders for my productivity.Another favourite feature of mine is the flexibility of it all. If a spread doesn’t work you can just change it, whereas with a planner, if the spread didn’t work, I’d be stuck with it for the rest of the year, which would lead to me being less productive, or just abandoning the planner all together, so it’d be a waste of money either way.I’ll be making a post on my set up for 2019, which will be posted on the 30th of December, and I’ll be posting my monthly set ups on the 1st of every month, as well as posts every Sunday.

December Bullet Journal Set Up

For December, I wanted more of a visual monthly layout so made a box calendar, every square being 3×7. I used the Tombow Fudenosuke pen to do the title, the black Muji gel pen in the size 0.38 and the thin end of the grey Zebra Mildliner to add the dates in each box. Doing the numbers 4-8 wrong upset me, but I just decided to leave it, everyone makes mistakes, and it doesn’t take anything away from the spread.

After the monthly log, I added a task list, split down the middle for more space. I used the same Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen to make the title. I’m not sure how much I’ll use this page, as I use the MiminaList app for all of my to-do lists, but we’ll see how it goes. I think I wasn’t using the app too much when I set up the spread, but started again this week, so it was a good idea when I made it. At least I’ll know that I don’t need to include it in other months’ set up if it doesn’t work out.

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Finally I have a blog post ideas page,  which I once again made with the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen and a line down the middle. This will be the last time I’ll be including this page in my monthly set up because it has a dedicated page in the beginning of my new bullet journal, which I won’t be starting in January, but already have set up, and I’ll make a post about it near the end of the year.

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November Set-Up 2018

In October, I didn’t use my bullet journal much. It happens constantly. I add too many trackers and things to update regularly that as soon as I forget to fill them in a couple days in a row, I lose all interest in using the system, inevitably making me less productive.

With that in mind, I decided to completely strip back my set up. I got rid of all trackers, and anything I didn’t feel was effective, which was literally everything. I decided I was going to focus on the content of my pages, rather than how they looked. I opted for a three-colour theme of autumnal colours, so I didn’t get overwhelmed by making it look good and artistic, etc…

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These are the only spreads I have this month. It’s very simplistic, which I’m hoping will help increase my productivity and how often I use my bullet journal. For 2019, I’m debating whether or not to get just a regular planner, so I don’t have to make all of the spreads myself, which does take a lot of time I don’t really have right now, and definitely won’t next year, as we get to exam season.

Materials used:

  • Grey A5 dotted Leuchtturm 1917
  • 3 Crayola Supertips
  • Black Muji gel pen 0.38
  • Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen