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Bullet journal queen Amanda Rach Lee shows you how to organize your life and level up your studies.

Amanda Rach Lee bullet journaling on her Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with a dark grey S Pen as she sits at a wooden desk. She's wearing a navy blue sweater with red and pink stripes.

Bullet journaling has taken the internet by storm over the past few years and is still riding the wave of feed envy. But it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. #TeamGalaxy member and BuJo guru Amanda Rach Lee shows you how to streamline a bullet journal by taking it digital—so you can finally make room in your schedule to learn something new.

An overhead shot of a black Galaxy Tab S6 Lite that shows a weekly spread of plans, habit trackers, a motivational quote that says "Believe in Yourself" and a list of readings for the week on the Samsung Notes app. There is a range of pen/pencil options at the top left corner with a range of colour options on the top right corner, which Amanda is navigating with her finger as she holds an S Pen.
A horizontal view of a black Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. In-display is a multi-window view of notes written on the left pane in the Samsung Notes app, a view of Photo Gallery on the right pane featuring images of home décor and furniture, and a view of the Messages app on top of it.
Multitasking Mode
Use split screen view to take notes while watching a video lecture or listening to a podcast on Spotify.*
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Create a spread that reflects your priorities

But first, what is a bullet journal? Think of it as a planner-meets-journal designed to help you create more productive habits. Make a list of your upcoming plans for the week or month and figure out a layout that will set them in motion. Amanda suggests asking yourself, “What do I need to do this week, and how can this spread help?” and then designing accordingly on a tablet like the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. “A monthly spread is a great way to see an overview of your month, with any events, tests or special dates marked off,” Amanda says, whereas, “the weekly spread is perfect for your daily to-do list.” Better yet, use them together to boost your efficiency.

An overhead shot of a black Galaxy Tab S6 Lite angled slightly toward the left. Amanda's right hand is mid-design with a black S Pen. On-screen is a weekly spread for September 2020, created in Samsung Notes app.
A black Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with an image of "The Thinker" statue and a chess set next to it on-screen, being drawn with a pink S Pen. There is text underneath the image with a sentence highlighted in blue and other terms annotated in red.
Look and Learn
Highlight text with your S Pen to look up new words in your built-in dictionary.
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Cut design time in half with tech features

Found a spread that works? Save it as your own template and duplicate it from week to week with Amanda’s favourite app, Samsung Notes. Plus, the app offers a range of brushes to choose from to instantly customize your bullet journal spreads with the S Pen, even while on the move. Amanda’s go-to S Pen settings? “Definitely the watercolour brush for adding cute decorations,” she says. “I like to set it to a pastel colour and make it relatively large. For regular writing or note taking, I like using the thin fountain pen in black.”

Stay on top of your study goals with customized trackers

How often do you aim to read one more book or take an online course only to let your schedule get in the way? We can relate. Add habit trackers in your bullet journal to monitor the personal development activities you want to stick to in between work and play. Bonus points if you use your trackers in tandem with pop-up alerts on Samsung Calendar to remind yourself to follow through.

More time for "me time"

Upgrade your bullet journal with time-saving tools like the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

A studio headshot of Amanda Rach Lee wearing a denim jacket over a grey turtleneck sweater. She is holding a pink marker to her right cheek and looking off to the right, smiling.

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Amanda Rach Lee

Artist and digital content creator based in Toronto.

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