The majority of us have had a planner at some point, typically the ones we were forced to use in middle school. If you were like me, it seemed really exciting at first but after a few weeks it just hid in your backpack for when you needed the bathroom pass in the back. Before heading off to college, I did my fair share of investigating what I would need to go to college and a planner constantly came up. So, I bought one, packed it with my stuff, and moved to Chicago.
I had good intentions the first semester, I really did. I wanted to use it all the time to help me survive this ridiculous transition I was going through, but instead it ended up on my bookshelf collecting dust after the first few weeks of the semester. This caused a lot of chaos towards exam time. I not only couldn’t find some of the topics we covered, but as homework started to pile on, I began to forget assignments in the shuffle.
Life gets quite a bit harder when you no longer have your mom to organize your schedule, kids. It’s time for us to be grown ups and start organizing our own lives. From homework to jobs and even meetings, it is nice to have everything in the same place.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you, setting up a planner is time consuming but it is so worth it. Besides that con, the only other thing I can think of is that looking at everything for the rest of the year can be stressful, but at least you know you won’t forget anything. So this is what my planner looks like and how I set it up. It is the one thing I would not be able to navigate college without, so for all you incoming freshman, I recommend getting one even if you only write down homework.
Type of Planner
I like to look at the planners from Target and I got this one on sale for $12 over the summer. While you should pickup the type of planner that fits your personality and organization style, I like to get ones that have the month view and the week view because I’ve discovered just a month view doesn’t have enough space for me.
How I use my Planner
I use the weekly tabs way more than I use the monthly pages. I have a post it that I use to mark what week I’m on. As you can see, my pages look pretty full and I make sure I color code what is going on in my life.
How I Organize my Planner
For the monthly view, I just write in what classes I have each day and then if I have work. Otherwise it stays pretty empty because I just don’t have enough room to write everything in it.
Okay, now to the week pages.
I use a black pen for almost everything that I write in my planner because if I color code by pen and then lose it everything is a mess. I go through all of my syllabi and write down all of my assignments plus what we are supposed to do in class. After writing all of that in, I highlight.
Pink-Assignments that are due when I go to class.
Yellow-Homework that is assigned and is due next time we meet
I make sure to write both of these down so I see every assignment twice and have less of a chance of forgetting to do it.
As for the purple, I write down any personal commitments like work or appointments and meetings and highlight them in purple so they don’t blend in with everything else. At the bottom I have my workout schedule written down in green and black-but I regret doing the green. It bled through and it’s hard to read.
So there it is. That’s how I keep my life from falling apart because I forgot something. It takes a couple hours to make sure you have everything but it is so helpful when it comes to figuring out plans and conflicts. I promise it is worth it.
How do you keep you life organized? What planners do you like and from where?