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It’s my favorite time of year! Call me crazy, but I love getting my planner ready and organized for a brand new semester. I love printing out a ton of new syllabi and being able to write down all those important dates in my planner. Everyone has their own way of setting up their planner each semester and I’m not saying my way is the only way or the “right” way to organize yourself. This is the setup that works for me and I’m sharing it because maybe you’ll find that it works for you, too!
I use different colored pens or you can use a single colored pen and use some highlighters to differentiate your classes. Totally your choice. Just giving you some options here! I use Sharpie pens and Pilot G2‘s almost exclusively. I love the way they write!
Something else you might want to use to spice up your planner are stickers or washi tape. I have a ton of different stickers but I don’t really use them as much as I thought I would when I bought them… but that’s another story.
The last thing you’ll need is your syllabi for all your classes this semester and any other schedules you’d like to jot down in your planner!
Step 1: Label Your Classes
Since I have a Family Planner, all the sections on the side are blank. I recently bought a white gel pen that I’m obsessed with and have been using that to label my classes. The gel pen is a uni-ball signo and I honestly think it’s my best purchase of 2016 thus far. The pens came in a pack of 3 for around $5 which I think is totally worth it!
I decided since I was only taking 4 classes this semester to give each of them a section. Then I gave my frat a section to itself because we always have events going on. I also wrote down two of my other clubs I’m involved in and gave them a section to share and then left a spot for any “personal” events in the bottom section. I mostly use that to track how many times I’ve gone to the gym and what I worked on that day!
Step 2: Pick Your Colors
I like to set up a key for myself when I get started so I can get a feel for how the colors look together. The last thing I want is an ugly looking planner. I usually choose 1 color for each of the sections in my planner.
Step 3: Start Writing
I will then take a look at my syllabi and add important dates into my planner such as exams, papers, and presentations. After that, I will write in homework assignments if I feel like it or sometimes I will just end there. A lot of my classes won’t entirely stick to the schedule when it comes to homework and readings so I try not to add too much in pen.
As you can see, my planner looks a little ugly right now because I couldn’t decide on the colors I wanted to use for each class. I finally settled on the right combo so hopefully it’ll start looking prettier soon! Also, I’m obsessed with my Kate Spade bow paperclip. It always makes me smile whenever I open up my planner!
Do you use a paper planner? How do you like to organize it?