How to plan your Bachelor Thesis in your bullet journal

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Header für die Bachelor Thesis Seiten im Bullet Journal

After seven semesters of studying its time for the delicate phase – HELP!
I procrastinated the registration of my bachelor thesis for weeks (or months) now. But in the meantime there is no time for procrastination anymore: I want to be at the same graduation party with my fellow students. Thats why I have to start hustling, eyes shut and go for it, or better: coffee coffee coffee!
To motivate and kind of guide me, I made some pages in my bullet journal about my bachelor thesis.

Bachelor Thesis Agenda

How to find an appropriate topic for your bachelor thesis

Well, how do you start with writing? Very good question! First of all you need a topic, and a good one. To find a fitting topic wasn’t kind of hard for me. Since beginning of the year I know what I want to write about, that I absolutely should be something thats fun and what I’m interested in. That’s why I choose the topic Marketing Event in the sports industry on the example of Workout Festival . For this event I help planning every detail since project start and I am involved in every planning and implementation aspect – but I haven’t written a sentence yet…  UPS

But well, at least I have a topic… To find one is everything but easy – you absolutely need to count in enough time! If you don’t get a topic from your company you’re writing with, the topic finding process can be a very long one. Because the topic has to be wide, so that you can easily fill 50-70 pages – but not too wide, you have to be sure that its limitable. You don’t want to have double the pages you ought to have, because shortening is hard.
In addition to that, targeting and wording is important. Why do you write this thesis? What do you want the reader to know after reading? What do you want to tell people and what do you promise yourself and the company with it?

To find the right and fitting topic I created a classical mind map and wrote down all my ideas. After that I chose the most fitting one with my professor.

mindmap für die Themenfindung der Bachelor Arbeit

The tracker

Of course I’ll plan and document everything about my writing process in my bullet journal. How else should you keep an overview?

I thought about the trackers and spreads I’d need a long time – and I think there will be added some more during my writing phase. The problem I started seeing was, that I know my agenda, but what if that agenda changes in a few weeks? If I have to add bullet points? You can easily change that in a word document on your computer, but not if its written down with pen in your bullet journal… Crossing out, glue something over it, tip ex? I don’t like that at all!!
And now there is this real and huge game changer! The PILOT FriXion pens! That are pens or markers, but they are erasable! How cool is that? That means I can just write down my agenda in my bujo, a schedule I plan to keep and if I have to make changes I can just erase it, enter the changes and thats it! And there are refills for every pen or marker, so you don’t have to buy a whole new pen when they are empty.

I am totally convinced!

But lets get to those trackers. At first I wrote down my agenda. Now I always have the perfect overview. After that there is a checklist: for which chapter have I already  done a research, have written it, revised it, read it?

ein Bachelor Thesis Tracker im Bullet Journal, bei dem abgehakt werden kann, ob ein Kapitel recherchiert, geschrieben und schon Korrektur gelesen wurde.

As important as that is the timeline: in which week do I want to get done the reading and writing, when do I want to registrate my bachelor thesis, when do I want to takes notes, write the text and when is the last possibility for handing in?
I used my FriXion Ball pens here aswell, so I can erase it easily, if there will be some changes in the future.

Timeline für die Bachelor Thesis im Bullet Journal Timeline für die Bachelor Thesis im Bullet Journal

 

The ideal day

Besides the writing of my thesis I have to work and don’t want to neglect my hobbies – even if the writing phase will be stressful enough. I wrote down my perfect day and hopefully it’ll motivate me on days I’d rather stay in bed or on the sofa….

mein idealer Tag beim Schreiben der Bachelor Thesis im Bullet Journal

 

Well, you see, I’m prepared and the writing can start!

It’s time to go back to school now, and PILOT has a great campaign:   #backtoschool.

You can find all useful information about the erasable pens, a school oracle which predicts how your school year or semester will be.

I wish you a great start back in school and uni or, if you’re at my stage of your studies: let’s rock that bachelor thesis! We can do it  💪🏼 #letsdoit 

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