Confession: I’m obsessed with planners. Ever since late elementary school when my teachers handed out planners that we were required to use, I’ve been hooked. Throughout middle school and high school I used my planner to juggle various homework assignments, quizzes and tests, dance class, dance competitions, work, and hanging out with friends. Now that I’m college, the way that I use my planner looks a bit different. I’m balancing a full course load, tutoring, a job, three organizations, my blog, and still attempting to have somewhat of a social life. My planner acts as a crutch for me to be able to get done everything that needs to be done in a day.
This summer I decided to invest in an Erin Condren planner and I haven’t looked back. I love being able to divide my day into three categories and from there list everything that needs to get done. I also enjoy having a planner that is colorful and more personalized, so I’m willing to spend a little extra money. For the 2015-2016 planner Erin Condren made changes to their design that allow you a lot more freedom in how you utilize there planner, so I thought it would be fun to share with you how I organize my planner.
I have use my planner to organize these general things:
- Homework assignments
- Tests and quizzes
- General reminders (such as scheduling an appointment with my advisor, when I sign up for classes, etc.)
I like to use the notes pages at the beginning of each month to make overall goals for the month such as getting an A on my math test that month or how many blog posts I want to get up. I use the notes pages at the end of my planner to write out ideas for blog posts, what I want to include in blog posts, overall goals for my blog, and really, anything that has to do with my site.
Weekly ViewHow I label the three boxes each week varies depending on the week. It definitely surprises people who know that I am typically very particular and precise, but I’ve learned in college that sometimes I have to let that go a little bit. The picture of my weekly view below was actually from my craziest week of the semester when I had three midterms on one day (hence why ‘breathe’ was on my to-do list), so this week looked a lot different than my typical weeks because I was focusing only on studying and getting my school work complete for the week.
Typically I have the boxes labeled: School To-do, Blog To-do, and To-do. Under school to-do I write down any assignments I want to complete that day, what I need to study, and if I need to work on a paper for my English class. Under blog to-do I write down social media that I want to post for the day, if I need to edit photos for blog posts, if I need to write or edit a blog post, and if I need to send out e-mails to follow up on sponsored posts. In the to-do section I will write out classes, organization meetings, work, and whatever other appointments I might have that day so that I can check them off as I go and ultimately feel more productive.
If you look at the bottom of the pages there is a small lined section. For this I write down assignment and reading due dates and when I have quizzes or tests. I use a different color for each task and it definitely helps me to stay on top of my work.
Monthly ViewIn the monthly view section I mostly outline my work availability and my assignments and tests. While yes, I do have my assignments and tests written in two places, it’s what works best for me. Personally, I go to the monthly view first when planning any events ahead of time so that I can determine if it’s something I can do based off of that day’s work load. For instance, if a friend wanted to go out to dinner and I checked my monthly view and see that I have three tests and a paper due that day, I would obviously say no and ask if there was another date she had in mind.
I will also outline the blog posts that I want to publish for the month. I hadn’t written them in before taking these pictures because I was still in the process of finalizing my editorial calendar, but I write all things blog related in hot pink along the bottom of each day.
I like to use the lined list on the side of the page for monthly to-dos. This month for instance it’s to look into when I sign up for classes, schedule an appointment with my advisor, ask my econ professor about study methods for the final, and to look into two organizations I’m hoping to join next semester.
Why You Should Use a PlannerIf you’ve been around my blog for a while, then you are well aware that I always say that I don’t know what I would do without my planner. I honestly don’t understand how people get through any part of life, especially college, without one. I have never had a late assignment ever in my school career and I firmly believe it is because I use a planner to stay on top of things. With the demanding work load of college courses along with a demanding life outside of the class room, it’s crucial to have something to go to so that you can plan your days, know what’s due, and figure out what you need to get done.
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Do you use a planner? If so, what kind do you use and how do you organize it? If you don’t use a planner, how are you able to stay on top of and remember everything you need to do? I’d love if you left it in a comment below.
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