“Creatively Productive”: People to Follow
So many of these people are mentioned in my second book “Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School and Life”. Rather than just listing them in the book, I chose to make this list evergreen and digital for two reasons: 1) now anyone can connect with these awesome people… not just those that have purchased the book (though I very much appreciate my #creativelyproductive PLN) AND 2) the list will be constantly updated and have direct links rather than be a one and done resource.
Throughout the book, I have shared interesting and intriguing people to follow on Instagram. Below is a collection of the ones that I mentioned throughout the book and several more for good measure. As many of these skills and products shared throughout the book are highly visual, it only makes sense that these individuals would choose the most visual social media platform to share their ideas and insights. While the list encompasses Instagrammers, check out their bios. Many of them have YouTube channels, Etsy stores where they offer analog and digital downloads and templates, and websites with blogs where they dig deeper into the ideas and topics from their feed.
I tried to separate these into categories of interest. I will say there is a lot of crossover in this field (e.g., many that use bullet journals also share illustrated notes, and those who share planners also share bullet journals). I tried to add people under the title that best described what they do, but know that many wear multiple hats. If these topics are of interest to you and/or your students, I highly encourage you to follow these people and connect with them. It should also be noted that I curated a longer list of bullet journalists than any other category. The reason being is that I wanted to showcase bullet journalists from a variety of walks of life and careers as well as geographic locations to highlight the massive reach and appeal that bullet journaling has as well as share how each one of these people makes the phenomenon their own.
- @NoteChef4u: This is my Instagram. I share my bullet journal, my reader/writer’s notebook, what I’m reading, and journals and analog goodies that tickle my fancy.
- @bulletjournal: This is the Instagram for Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal method – obviously a great place to start. He also recently released a book The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future.
- @tinyrayofsunshine: She has an awesome bullet journal account. I love that she shares weekly challenges too… like self care, professional care, environmental care, personal care, etc.
- @boho.berry: one of the top bullet journalists on Instagram – also shares her digital planner templates for GoodNotes app
- @plansthatblossom: amazingly talented bullet journalist and lover of lists – amazing with weekly spreads and themes
- @lalalauren.creates: awesome British bullet journalist – I love her Productivity Bingo!
- @decadethirty: awesome Australian bullet journalist who dabbles in hand lettering
- @nohnoh.studies: bullet journalist with lots of ideas – also has an interest in data analysis and biostatistics
- @productivestyle: PhD journaler and co-host of @PlanWithMeChallenge
- @bujo.crafts: awesome Italian bullet journalist
- @showmeyourplanner: a great curated place of amazing bullet journalists from all over the world
- @rachelmaybujo: amazingly artistic bullet journalist
- @bam_journal: talented artistic bullet journalist
- @rhiobujo: another amazingly artistic bullet journalist – fantastic account if you want students to see how to blend art and bullet journaling for weekly spreads
- @kyrielle.of.dreams: French teacher who shares her bullet journal, lettering, and art
- @happilyeveafter_: bullet journalist, music teacher, and creator of the Productivity Plant
- @bluenittany: biomedical engineer and bullet journalist
- @passioncarnets: French blogger and creator of Year in Pixels tracker
- @fischrjournals: award winning director and bullet journalist
Student Bullet Journalists
- @focusign: science student and bullet journalist.
- @tbhstudying: high school student with amazing bullet journal and illustrated notes
- @emtudier: teenager who shares her bullet journal and illustrated notes
- @study.meds: medical school student who shares her bullet journal and illustrated notes.
Digital Bullet Journalists and/or Note-takers (Many Are Students)
- @journalingwithji: therapist who bullet journals using the GoodNotes app.
- @plan.paperless: digital bullet journalist using the GoodNotes app.
- @jennstudies: college student who shares her illustrated and mind-mapped notes using the GoodNotes app
- @pinkpaperclipsco: pharmacy student who shares her illustrated notes and bullet journal using the GoodNotes app and headers on Procreate app.
- @madicalstudent: medical student who shares her planner and visual notes using the GoodNotes app
- @pridebulletjournal: biology major who uses GoodNotes for her bullet journal and notes she takes for classes
Illustrated Notes and Sketch-noters
- @lindsaybraman: awesome graphic recorder and grad student who shares her amazing notes
- @megan.jeffery: amazing illustrated notes and a teaching artist
- @emily_studies: biology, chemistry, and psychology student who shares her notes from her classes in both analog and digital format
- @franziskawschwarz: incredibly impressive sketch notes and illustrated notes
- @medicaleitora: amazing illustrated medical notes
- @iamneestudy: nursing student who shares her notes
- @jumpnotes: a site that pays students for their visual notes – a great place to see a variety visual notes that span multiple content areas
- @sylviaduckworth: sketchnoter and author – has two books on her sketch noting available Sketchnote for Educators and How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students
- @heck_awesome: sketchnoter and special ed teacher – don’t miss her YouTube channel!
- @manuelherrera33: certified sketching educator that loves tacos 😉
- @karlyb: pre-k-8 tech teacher and sketchnoter AND she has tons of resources on sketchnoting including student examples
- @nichole444: innovation strategist, bullet journalist, and sketchnoter AND she has an awesome sketchnoting resource site here
- @mistyhluesner: shares her own sketchnotes as well as those of her students
- @writingbravely: high school teacher who shares her planner
- @studyrella: engineering student with a penchant for planners
- @guidedjournaler: designs and shares guided journals and printables
- @michellerohr: shares her digital journals using the Noteshelf app
Okay, perhaps this is not a “complete” list in the sense of “comprehensive” BUT what I can tell you is that if you follow these people, you will surely discover others. And pay attention to the #’s they use. Following those will definitely allow you to really target the specific rabbit hole you want to topple down.
If you want to visit or revisit all things #ScrapNotes or get a feel for some of the ideas and practices that inspired the book, check out these 5 posts and stay tuned for more:
- #ScrapNotes 1: How to Begin Your Journey Down the Rabbit Hole (101)
- #ScrapNotes 2: The Complete Guide to Book Summaries (102)
- #ScrapNotes 3: The Complete Guide to PD Note-Taking (103)
- #ScrapNotes 4: The Savvy Supply List (104)
- #ScrapNotes 5: The Complete Guide to Analog Inspirations (105)
- #ScrapNotes 6: The Complete Guide to Visual Note-Takers, Bullet Journalists, and Inspiring Peeps (106)
- #ScrapNotes 7: The Complete Guide to Habit and Planning Trackers (107)
- #ScrapNotes 8: The Complete Guide to Planners (108)
- #ScrapNotes 9: The Complete Guide to Micro and Macro Lists (109)
WHERE WILL TECHCHEF BE NEXT?
If you are interested in booking Lisa Johnson and/or would like to know more about her speaking history or professional development portfolio… visit the TechChef4u speaking page for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And… Check out her latest creation… the book “Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students.”