If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I talk about planners a lot. In fact, something is probably off within one of my posts if using a planner isn’t mentioned. My planner is what keeps me sane and on top of my crazy schedule. Between school, work, blogging, 3 organizations, and attempting to have somewhat of a social life, I definitely wouldn’t remember what I had to do without a planner to track it all. Today I’m sharing with you how I stay organized with my Erin Condren planner, although now my layout looks a bit different. A couple months ago I showed you how I use the vertical version of the planner, but I realized I wanted to try something a little different. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and purchased a horizontal version of the planner and I’m in love. I’ve found my “planner peace” as the organization gurus on YouTube say. With that, here’s how I use my planner.
First things first is my color coding system. While it does overwhelm some people, I personally like being able to open my planner and scan for particular colors. Here’s how it works: Red is for classes/tests/important things, yellow is for school events, light green is for work outs, dark green is for work, pink is for personal, purple is for blog, orange is for tutoring, and then light purple/light blue/light pink are used for my 3 organizations.
My monthly view is what I use to see big picture or more important events. In my monthly view I write down blog posts, my work schedule, test dates, when I have papers due, school events, doctor’s appointments, and anything deemed important by one of my organizations such as volunteering or Business Week. Basically, it’s my bird’s eye view of a month for planning things in advance. For example, when the ask off is posted at my work for the upcoming month, it’s my monthly view calendar that I have open so I know when I need off.
My weekly view is nothing short of crazy. On the lined section of the week, I write out my basic agenda for the day. Everything from classes, work, appointments, and meetings for my organizations go here. I like to put important things by the day of the week and then from there write my day in the order that it happens. For example, if I have a test on Monday I will write “Accounting Test” next to Monday and then from there write out my classes schedule, etc.
In this planner the right hand side is unlined. I use this section of the planner to write what assignments or papers I have due for school that day. This makes it super easy for me to plan homework and studying for upcoming weeks when all I have to do is flip forward a few weeks to see what’s happening.
Finally, I use the notes section to write down reminders or to-dos that I know I want to get accomplished, but don’t know what day I’ll get to it. For example, I’ve written down to schedule an appointment with my adviser, to stop by the study abroad office, and to add the new TAM syllabus to my planner.
It wouldn’t be an Erin Condren planner without utilizing a few of her amazing accessories. Some of my necessities are:
To-Do List Dashboard: I absolutely love this accessory for my planner. I use it to mark my weekly view and then use the bookmark that came with the planner to mark the current month. I use this book mark daily as my to-do list and couldn’t be more happy. At the end of the day, I simply wipe away that days to-dos and begin planning for the next day.
Designer Dots: I have a semi-demanding work schedule. I work at an apartment complex and sometimes working a shift means that I will be on-call that night in case any of the residents get locked out of their apartments. I like to use the daily dots to mark when I have an on-call shift just so that when I look at my weekly view I know that it’s coming. I also have color coded the daily dots sheets and use the others to mark days that I have a test/paper, important appointment, or am going home for a break.
What kind of planner do you use to stay organized? If you use an Erin Condren planner do you use the vertical, horizontal, or hourly version? If you were to win the giveaway, which treats will you be buying for yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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