I am the type of person who easily gets stressed out. And when I say stressed out, I mean mental breakdowns, crying, and over reacting (unfortunately). So when I started college I realized I NEEDED to somehow be organized or else I wouldn’t make it. Sophomore year was the first year I REALLY started using a planner. I mean writing out every assignment, exam, all my readings, appointments, concert days, everything. So I was extremely excited to start fresh with a beautiful new planner for 2017. I got colorful pens, new stickers, the whole sha-bang. The planner I am using for 2017, was a gift from one of my friends, and she bought it at Michaels. And if you are in need of a planner, please go to Michaels because you will be amazed. I would choose a planner from Michaels over any super expensive planner.
So what do I write in my planner?
- My daily readings for all my classes
- My assignment due dates
- My exam dates
- All of my doctor, dentist, etc. appointments
- My family & best friends birthdays
- Weekly goals
- Random notes
- To Do Lists
- If you’re a student, look at your professor’s syllabus and write down all of your work before it comes up. It helps to be able to look at your planner whenever you need to know what you should be doing or preparing for.
- Again, if you’re a student, I find it helpful to finish my readings, assignments, before they’re due. So I’ll typically do my readings a few days before AND I take notes while reading. So by the time I get to the class, if we are having a discussion than I can look back at my notes and be reminded of what I found interesting. I also write down the page numbers next to my notes, so that if I need more detail/information I can easily find what I need.
- I write down my appointments as soon as I schedule them (if I don’t I’ll forget). I even write down the time & location.
- Creating weekly goals is helpful and fun. It gives me a challenge to try and accomplish them all on top of whatever else I have. This also motivates me to balance my time so I can make time for everything that needs to be done. When creating weekly goals, don’t over do it. And when I say that I mean don’t list multiple un-realistic goals. You want to set yourself up for success, but also in the most efficient way possible.
- Color code!!! I use different colored pens for different classes. This makes it so much easier for me to see what needs to be done for which class (and the colors make it pretty hehe).
- Sometimes when something is extremely important I’ll even highlight it.
- Have fun with it! Planners are meant to help you stay on track. Read your planner every morning & every night. Reward yourself for accomplishing things. Life is hard, but you can do it! 😉