Staying Organized

Some Basic Tips on Using a Planner

Staying organized in College is one of the most important skills for success, and one way I’ve learned to stay organized is by using a day planner. Some of you may remember using them in high school, or you might have used one for work in the past. If so, you may have already found the great deal of utility they offer. If not, this is a great chance to go over some basic how to’s and useful tips.

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USE ALL THE SPACE AVAILABLE

Planners generally offer a generous amount of space for you to write in. Use this space to its fullest by cramming in as much possible information. Don’t just restrict yourself to assignments, use it for homework, birthdates, important life events, etc. The more you are able to write down, the less chance you have of forgetting something no matter how small it is. Another benefit of using your planner in this manner is that it will become a more essential part of your life.

USE DIFFERENT COLOURS OR SYMBOLS TO SIGNIFY DIFFERENT EVENTS OR THINGS

Another helpful tip is to attempt to differentiate between school assignments, homework, life events, etc. using different colours or symbols. This can be an involved as using different coloured pens/pencils for each class, having different symbols to signify importance or just switching between pencil and pen for various types of homework.

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MARK OFF COMPLETED TASKS

One other way to keep track of what you have completed is to highlight or cross out work or events that have been completed. That way you can keep track of what you have done and what still needs doing.

I hope you have found these couple of tips useful, as they have helped me greatly increase my organizational skills!