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