It’s no secret that I LOVE my planner. I use it to keep track of just about everything, from my classes, to my job, to extracurriculars, to this blog. I learned a long time ago that I tend to remember things best if I write them down and color code them, so I’ve been using a physical planner since about fifth grade. In this post, I’ll be giving you a peek into my planner. More specifically, how I use my planner to keep track of my assignments and how to make sure that you never forget a single assignment for your college classes.
Step 1: Choose a planner + supplies
Now, this step deserves an entire blog post of its own (and maybe I’ll write one in the future!) but I wanted to make a couple of recommendations to get you started if you’re new to planning.
I tend to try out new planners every year because I love to check out as many as I can. This school year, I’m using the full size Uncalendar Lifestyle planner and I love it. It’s big, versatile, and gives me lots of room to write down assignments, meetings, and to-do lists. My favorite pens to use with my planner are Bic Round Stic pens because they are easy to write with and don’t bleed through the page. I also use Bic Brite Liner highlighters and fine liner Crayola markers when I need to accent certain lines of text. Lastly, I use a variety of washi tapes, sticky notes, and stickers to add decoration and help various elements stand out.
Now, I totally understand if this all seems like a lot. I recommend that you start out with a simple planner and some pens/highlighters until you hit your stride and find the planning system that works best for you. You can find cheap planners everywhere, from Target to Walmart to the Dollar Tree.
Step 2: Create a color coding system
At the beginning of each semester, I assign a color to each of my classes. I choose a notebook and highlighter in the color of each class. Not only does this make it easier to grab the right notebook if I’m in a rush, but it also makes planning easier because I can quickly see how much work I have for each class.
Step 3: Write every assignment into your planner
I realize that this sounds incredibly obvious, but it is crucial that you write down each assignment in your planer. I go through each syllabus, one at a time, and record every assignment on the day it’s due, highlighting each assignment in its respective color based on the class it’s for.
I like to do this on the first week of classes so I don’t have to worry about losing any of my syllabi. However, I am aware that changes in classes’ schedules are inevitable. I don’t mind seeing whiteout in my planner, but if you don’t like that look, consider using erasable materials or only record your assignments a week or two in advance. However you choose to write down your assignments, make sure you write down every single one. Because, let’s be honest, when you say “Oh, I’ll remember that,” you most likely won’t. Having every assignment written in one place and color coded for easy interpretation means you don’t have to shuffle through syllabi, check online, or text classmates to figure out what’s due tomorrow. If you check your planner every day, you’ll never be scrambling to complete an assignment at the last minute because it’s all right there in front of you.
What kind of planning system do you use? How do you make sure none of your assignments fall through the cracks? Would you like to see more posts about how I use my planner in the future? Let me know on social media or in the comments.