Super stressed? Forgetting about assignments until the night before they are due? Texting friends in a panic to figure out if you have a test tomorrow? Girl, it sounds like you need a planner.
Now, I know what you are going to say-but Haley, I already have a planner! (psh) If you are still stressed then either:
- You aren’t using your planner efficiently.
- Your planner is in the bottom of your backpack and hasn’t been touched since the beginning of the semester.
How about we fix both of those problems, sound good? If you don’t have a planner, stop reading, go get one, and then come back to me. It’s okay. I’ll wait right here.
Ready? Okay. I can’t go anywhere without my planner. As a student, blogger, and person who works two jobs as well as have a social life, my planner keeps my s#%& together to put it lightly. It’s what single handedly keeps me organized in college. This is how I use my planner-and it’s a GODSEND.
This is what the dividers look like on my planner. My planner has a monthly layout-which I honestly don’t use that much, and then a weekly layout with the days separated by hours. I’ve found that while the planners that separate by days with just a few lines are typically easier to find, I don’t have enough room to write all of my stuff and end up not using it. That’s the kind of planner that was in my first post: The College Girl’s Guide to Staying Organized: Planner Edition
How I Use My Planner
Like I mentioned, I only use the weekly view to keep myself organized. I go through my syllabi at the beginning of the semester and write in all of my tests and quizzes as well as homework in a bright color: this time it was orange…but honestly that was the only bright colored pen I could find. My classes are marked out in blue for all of the weeks of the semester so I don’t have a brain fart and forget when my class is.
My mom sent me these Inside Out stickers…so I used them to illustrate how I feel about certain assignments because sometimes I think I’m funny.
Like I said, the monthly view is kind of foreign to me, but I use it to mark down important birthdays.
How I Organize my Planner
And here is what a normal week looks like for me, after I have lived it. Super important things get highlighted in pink, just like my last post. I mainly use black pen to write because I don’t want my planner to look like a unicorn threw up a rainbow on it, because then I can’t focus at all.
My favorite part about this planner is that I have the column on the far left where I write my to do list for the week-everything from Netflix binges to paying bills.
Oh! And I cross out stuff as I get it done, because nothing is more satisfying than crossing off a huge project in your planner when it is done.
And that’s it! I still never have enough hours in the day, but this keeps those hours flowing smoothly. Trust me guys, setting up your planner this way takes some time, but it’s SO worth it in the end.
And while this type of planner works best for me, everyone is different! Find the planner that works for you and implement this strategy to use it to be guaranteed success!
Send me pictures of your planner pages on Instagram by tagging @haleycatephoto!