Bullet Journal Club: Teaching Students About Planning
By Joshua Savitzky
One of Northside’s newest clubs makes its mark by teaching students about how to effectively plan and manage time through a creative and engaging method: the bullet journal. A bullet journal is a booklet with blank, dotted pages where people can draw in organizers such as calendars, weekly planners, habit trackers, and other fun pages such as “Movies to Watch.” Bullet journal artists strive for aesthetically pleasing layouts, whether they be minimalistic, decorative, or a mixture of both. Led by Kimberly Grabiec, Adv. 902, and Ms. Jaclyn Woodruff, Math Department, students are using these journals to help them manage their time efficiently, something Northsiders tend to struggle with. “My mission,” said Grabiec, “is to empower people through time management and creativity.”
The club meets once or twice a month either at the beginning or the end of the month during Ms. Woodruff’s X-block for students to create their monthly calendar or weekly planner for the upcoming month. Meetings are not mandatory, and the club serves as help for those who need the assistance creating and following their planners. New members of all grades are welcome to join and start their own bullet journal. The community is very open, “I technically lead the club but it’s not like I stand in front and tell everyone what not to do,” said Grabiec, “It’s just a community where we can sit and doodle and stuff you really can’t do on your own time.”
The club is an open and fun community where all members can design, create, and manage their time to ease the stress that the Northsider schedule can sometimes make unbearable. A well-designed and properly followed bullet journal will create an effectively managed schedule that can fit whatever activities that a student can foreseeably expect. Time is a scarce and limited resource that is one of the greatest stressors in any student’s life, and should be managed at least somewhat in order to keep their life on track for success.
The club is planning fundraisers to purchase bullet journals for new members who cannot buy their own.
Bullet Journal Club’s next meeting is on Oct. 24, so make sure to sign up for Ms. Woodruff’s x-block if interested. Also, make sure to give the club a follow on Instagram @ncpbulletjournal.