Everyone dreams of always being organized and put together. Yet, for teens, it seems to be really difficult. With school, after-school programs, jobs, internships, hanging out with friends, community service work, there is just so much to do. There’s also planning for the future with college or other post-high school plans. Yet, many teens aren’t motivated to do things like the ones listed above because there isn’t enough time in a day, or a week, and probably not even a year. As time goes on, Generation Z is slowly starting to flow into the working, adult world and the world is wondering — are we ready for the working world? Can we handle being a part of a world of 9-to-5’s?
There are many questions like this swarming the minds of generations such as Gen Z as we are growing up. Yet, without a plan, none of this could get done and that’s just common sense. Who could possibly do all of these things and not have a mental breakdown?
But there are teens out there who have unlocked the key to success in and outside of academics. The keyword to their success is productivity.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of productivity is “the rate at which goods are produced or work is completed.”
So, productivity is all about being able to make things happen. This could mean anything to anyone, it depends on who the person is and what stage of life they’re in. Productivity to an adult is most certainly different from a teen’s perspective.
For teens, being productive means not lying down in bed all day, scrolling through mindless videos on YouTube or repetitive posts on Instagram. Being productive means being able to do many things in a certain amount of time that lead to fulfillment later.
Teens are becoming more productive in more ways than one, such as productive notes-taking and studying, but especially with the concept of bullet journaling.
Teens have taken advantage on the trend of bullet journaling and organizational tactics and it’s helping teens become more efficient, which helps prepare teens for college, the work force and even beyond.
Yet, even though bullet journaling has become a trend in the past few years, it’s still very new and some people don’t know about
what it is.
“When I didn’t have a bullet journal, I remember how unorganized I was with my stuff. Everything was a mess. When I was using a bullet journal in school, my grades definitely improved because without a bullet journal, my homework assignments weren’t written down and I’d try to remember it all in my head. I’d come to school and realize I’d missed something and it would lower my grade. After I started using a bullet journal, I would write my homework assignments there and I was more motivated.”
“If you want to start bullet journaling, just look at inspiration because a part of bullet journaling is making things look neat and nice to motivate yourself. Just look through other accounts. That was what definitely got me going. Just go for it. Also, invest in good supplies. There’s no such thing as bad stationary, honestly, and just purchase the necessities, a pen and a notebook. Do something that’s best fit for you and just have fun.”
Jessica Song, 15, Quebec, Canada
Instagram handle: @studygramjess
“I was recommended a video on YouTube one day and I decided to check it out. I watched it and I just got sucked into that community.”
“I follow a lot of Instagram accounts that are dedicated to studying or bullet journaling, so that’s a big part of inspiration as well as being subscribed to a bunch of people on YouTube who also do the same thing.”
“I’m more productive and I’m more on top of things now, because before I didn’t have a bullet journal, I used to just try to remember it in my head or writing things on my phone but I realized that it wasn’t as effective. When I write things down, it’s easier for me to remember because I had to physically do something to remember it.”
Although these teens don’t necessarily represent the majority of teens out there, they do represent the future of what younger generations could possibly be able to look up to.
It also inspires more teens to take part in the productivity culture that teens have started to create for themselves to share and inspire each other. It also provides more ways that social media can be used for good instead of bad.
Twenty-four percent of teens believe that social media is negative for their peers because of a multitude of reasons such as bullying and it being a distraction, according the “Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018″ study by Pew Research Group.
Older generations look on the younger generations and criticize the fact that we are people who have grown up in a world where the internet and technology was a growing and thriving industry. So to see teens using social media to market their own ways of organizing and being productive is a great thing that should be acknowledged more. Teens can be more than just selfies and smartphones. Social media can be used by teens to share ways to be productive and creative at the same time. This proves Generation Z is definitely a force to be reckoned with.