I have always been a good, straight A’s student, but around half-way through middle school I realized how important a planner was! I would tell myself I didn’t need to write an assignment down, just to have completely forgotten by the next day, and ended up having to rush last minute to complete a project! Whether you’re a student, have a job, or just have a lot going on, a planner is the way to go!
It took me a while to really figure out the best way for me to organize my planner but I finally figured it out! This post shows you how I organize my planner-this method works on any monthly planner!
When I decided to invest in a planner I did a lot of research on the best quality planner, that was also cute! While there are many options out there I kept hearing about the Erin Condren Life Planners! Their method is in a vertical layout and organized into three boxes (which are usually meant for morning, afternoon, night)! I liked the idea of a vertical daily planner because it was different than the planners at office stores, so I gave it a try! To be honest the planner was super cute and full of quotes and motivation but it just wasn’t the right planner for me! I needed to write down assignments and occasional events, but I found that layout didn’t work for that! Plus the planner cost me a good chunk of money so I decided try something new this year that didn’t cost that much!
I ended up sticking with Erin Condren because I loved the style and personalization factor of their planners but this time I decided to go with one of their other, newer planners- their Monthly Planner! I can not stress enough how much I have fallen in love with this planner! I finally figured out a method that is simple, and easy that I can keep up with it daily! The nice thing about my technique is it can work on any monthly planner, so if you are hesitant to order one just get a monthly planner for a lesser price and try it out to see if this method works for you!
There really isn’t certain order for how to organize your planner but here is the 5 tactics I use to create a color-coded page of organization.
1. Write Homework Right On The Planner In That Day’s Box
As I get an assignment through out my school day I write it in that day’s box. This part I usually do in pencil, that way I can erase it if I need to! During summer months instead of writing homework I will usually write what tasks I need to accomplish that day.
Highlighters are used for multiple purposes in my planner! Their main job is to plan out in what I order I will do my homework by highlighting each assignment a certain color! Usually I do this part at the end of the day once I know I have all of my homework that will be assigned for the day! I have a color coded system that goes yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, purple. Yellow means I will do that assignment first, orange means that assignment I will do second, and so forth with the colors! Another purpose for highlighters is in the side bar (where there is usually lines for notes) I will highlight important information, such as if I made an account and I wrote my password there-this is highlighted in yellow! The last purpose for highlighters is rare but if I miss school for an event or am sick I write ABSENT in the day’s box and highlight the entire box in pink.
3. Post-It Notes Tabs
So written in the box is homework, stuck on top of the box is Post-It tabs that say appointments, school events, sports/activities, social gathering, etc. (check out the picture below for a key for all of the color-coding)! I purposely use Post-Its because plans change often so I can either throw away the tab or move it to another date without using a drop of White-Out!
4. Using The Side Bar
I have covered where I write homework and events, so for my to-do list I write it on the side bar along with important information! In the Erin Condren Monthly Planner the side bar included small dots that form a checklist so you can check tasks off as you complete them, if yours doesn’t have that then you can just write them in!
5. Pocket in the back
On Erin Condren’s site they have a ‘pocket’ you can stick to the back inside cover of your planner! In this pocket I keep passes, notes, and ‘important’ papers that I have to turn in! This spot is easily accessible and I have never had a problem of the papers falling out!
So that’s all to it! 5 simple ways to organize your planner! I highly recommend Erin Condren because they really have a planner for everyone, plus lots of accessories! I hope this helped make your planner a little more tolerable! As always don’t forget to stay Chic Neat and Sweet!