how to organize your planner

Planner Organization

When my schedule isn’t full, I get anxious, and if I can’t fill time with something outside of the house, I find something to do with the time. I just can’t say no and have to use every single square inch of time in my day on something.

Planner Organization

Planners are like an art form to me. Without my planner, I declare a state of personal emergency. If I want something done, I have to write it down. What gets written down gets done. Plain and simple. Plus, life is a hectic mess as a college student, so I like to have everything compiled in one place so things don’t slip my mind!

~ Color Coding and Marking ~

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

Written on notecards and adhered to the inside flap of my planner using washi tape. 

Black —> Daily homework, study schedule
Pink —> Chapter tests, quizzes, projects, papers
Dark Blue —> Work schedule (at TGI Friday’s)
Orange —> Exercise schedule, club/organization meetings
Red —> Very important/urgent tasks, deadlines, midterms, final exams
Purple —> Birthdays, social, events, holidays
Green —> Bills/financial, chores, appointments
Light Blue —> Upcoming

When I see something written in light blue, it just reminds me that this task is in my queue, on deck, or upcoming. For example, if I have an exam in Arabic, one week before, as well as two days before, I write a reminder.

Planner Organization

Open box —> To-Do, haven’t started or completed
Slash —> Started/Began
Arrow —> Reschedule/Moved/Postponed
X —> Cancelled, didn’t attend/complete
Diagonal Lines —> In progress
Filled in box —> Done, fully completed

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

Planner Organization

The first thing I do at the start of a new semester is go through my class syllabi and write down my exam, test, quiz dates, and project and assignment due dates. I also figure a study plan by writing down the chapters we will be covering each week.

Planner Organization

My pages have perforated corners so I can easily flip to the current week, as well as a ribbon bookmark attachment.

Planner Organization

~ Writing Utensils & Planner~

I bought a large pack of InkJoy pens from PaperMate. They are smudge-proof, write effortlessly, and the colors are beautiful. I purchased my planner from Barnes and Noble for $5! It has a magnetic flap which I really like.

So, what about you? How do you organize your planner?

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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