How to Organize Your Planner

how to organize your planner

With the new spring semester coming around the corner, being able to organize your life is a must. Being busy when I’m not in school means that I’m that much more so once my classes begin again. I’m going to show you some good tricks to help keep your planner in order so your life will be, too!

#1 Color code by types of entries.

This may be a color for each class, a color for appointments/meetings, a color for each organization you’re in… the list can truly go on! You can color code your planner any way that fits your own personal needs, as long as it does not make it harder for you to organize your life, then it can work!

#2 Use to-do lists!

You can write them on the pages of your planner, use the notes section in the back, or even add in some sticky notes to jot your lists on. To-do lists always keep me organized because it narrows down what I need to do in a certain time period without overwhelming me, like looking at your monthly/weekly view in your planner can do sometimes.

#3 Plan at least one week in advance.

A planner does no good unless you use it to plan. That’s why I like to lay out everything I can as soon as possible. However, sometimes that just isn’t plausible. So, my rule of thumb is just to plan everything at least one week in advance. If I know about events, assignments, etc. more in advance, I’ll write them down but if not, I stick to the rule!

#4 Make your planner appealing to the eye!

When your planner is nice to look at it, you’ll want to use it more and look at it more! That’s why I try to pick out a “pretty” planner that makes me want to use it then use various colored pens (because my planner is color coded!) to keep it looking sharp. Whether it’s a $10 planner or a $50 Erin Condren, you can make it your own!

How do you organize your planner?
What’s your favorite planner?

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Things to Include in Your Planner/Bullet Journal

Things to Include in Your Planner/Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling has been all the rage here lately. You see tons of blog posts, videos, and more about it but you still see the classic “Plan With Me” posts/videos as well. I personally still use a planner and plan to upgrade next August when I need a new one–duh, you know I’m getting an Erin Condren… as a celebration of my student teaching! Anyway, there are tons of things that you could include in your planner or bullet journal that many people do not think of. I love to plan my entire life so there are plenty of things in here that I want to incorporate into my own planner in time (got to get the perfect system down). Most of these ideas have been gathered over time from other blogs, Pinterest pins, etc. Let’s get started!

Personal

  • Monthly/Yearly Goals
  • Daily/Monthly Habit Tracker
  • Wish List
  • Daily Gratitude
  • Positive/Inspirational Quotes
  • Daily Reflections/Journal Entries
  • Relaxation Guide
  • Life Challenges
  • Mood Tracker
  • Monthly/Yearly Achievements

School

  • Assignment Planner
  • Class Schedule
  • Grade Tracker
  • Professor Contact Information

Business

  • Blog Stats Tracker
  • Social Media Following
  • Income Tracker
  • Side-Job Information
  • Expenses Tracker

Technology

  • Username/Password Record
  • Shopping Websites by Category

House/Finances

  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Spending Tracker
  • Gas Log
  • Credit Card Log
  • Add to Savings Tracker
  • $5 a Day Savings Plan
  • House Repair/Maintenance Log
  • Bill Tracking
  • Debt/Loan Tracker
  • Vehicle Information
  • Important Contacts
  • Go-To Recipes

Family

  • List of Birthdays/Anniversaries
  • Meal Planning
  • Pregnancy Planner/Tracker
  • Trip Packing List
  • Gift Ideas
  • Master Grocery List

Health/Wellness

  • Appointment Logs
  • Medicine/Refill Tracker
  • Step Tracker
  • Daily Water Intake Tracker
  • Illness Tracker
  • Essential Oil Blends
  • Women Tracker
  • Weight Loss Tracker
  • Exercise List/Tracker
  • Food Log
  • Body/Size Measurements

Miscellaneous

  • Daily/Monthly To-Do Lists
  • Books to Read
  • TV Show Tracker
  • Places to Travel/Places Been
  • Movies to Watch
  • Project Planner Pages
  • Daily Weather
  • Music Playlists
  • Sale Tracker

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