How to Use a Planner

Back to School Szn... This blog is all about how to effectively use planners and calendars, specifically for busy college students.

I personally find it very helpful to get a monthly and weekly planner. I put all of my important school things on the monthly one such as exams, presentations, or essays due. On the weekly pages, at the beginning of the semester, I write out the entire syllabus week-by-week. I also develop a color coding system. Since I took 6 classes the obvious was rainbow, but you should use whatever colors make you the most inspired. I also dedicate a color for appointments and work.

It can be really helpful to keep up on a calendar to never miss events or overbook yourself. Something that can even be helpful is to schedule homework time, or exercising time. Developing a way to bring balance and organization to your life can make a huge difference.

Getting a planner that works for you and is more personalized to the colors and designs you like, is going to make you excited for your planner! I also suggest getting fun pens to use specifically for your planner. It is all about preference!

I created a checklist in case that is how your brain works (that is kind of how a planner works) ;)

One thing I find essential in a planner is month tabs. If a planner you really like doesn’t have month tabs you could add your own, but tabs are a MUST!

Links to Planners I like:

Erin Condren Planners:

($37 before shipping and tax) Con: On the slightly pricey side

Pro: These are very popular and are specific to academics, which can be very helpful.

Blue Sky Planners:

(About $13-20 depending, can get on Amazon Prime)

I have used Blue Sky Planners because they are affordable and cute. They come in a million different colors and work for me. These are available online, at Staples, or Target as well.

(This one is very simple, clean and organized)

$10 Blue Sky Planner:

Katie Daisy Planners:

($10 on Amazon)

These are very decorative and it is also smaller and more compact! It also includes little quotes throughout!

Google Calendar:

If you want to learn how to use your online or Google calendar better use these videos for reference. It is the same idea, just for those who prefer to keep everything on their phones or computers. A cool trick that I recently learned about for Google Calendar is that you can create different calendars to separate events! Check it out:

My Favorite Pens (Because this does matter):

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Retractable Pen


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