As you probably know, I am 100% obsessed with my Day Designer (affiliate link). It took me years to find a planner that could handle my copious amounts of writing and list making and although the Day Designer is a little bit bulkier than most planners, it works wonders for me.
I spent a bit of my afternoon getting things set up and writing some dates in it. I haven’t received my grad school schedule yet but I did get my dates for orientation! My first day of orientation is August 22nd and it goes until August 28th. My first day of classes is August 29th! I’m really excited for what grad school has in store for me but I’m also super nervous about what it’ll be like. Here’s what I typically do when I’m setting up my planner:
Add important dates.
First thing’s first, I added my orientation dates and the move-in date for our new apartment. Since orientation is a scheduled event I put washi on each day and wrote the times and location down. I also put some washi in to signify the first day of classes.
Since I’m starting grad school at a whole new university, I have a few major things on my checklist for this summer. I recently got a packet in the mail outlining everything I need to do before orientation begins. I put those things in my planner’s monthly view in the month that they are due so I remember to make sure they get completed in time!
Word of the year.
Something new with the Day Designers this year is that there’s space on the title page for a “Word of the Year”. I’ve never done this before so I thought maybe this year would be a good time to start. I thought long and hard about what my word would be. I ended up settling on BELIEVE. This year, so many changes are happening. I’ll be starting grad school, moving in with Ryan to a new apartment in a new town, and sort of finding myself in the “real world”. I need to BELIEVE that I am right where I am supposed to be and trust that everything will work itself out.
Once I get my schedule and start really using my Day Designer for grad school I will for sure give you all an update. In the meantime, you can check out last week’s video which is a walkthrough of my old planner from start to finish! You can see how my setup changed from the beginning of the year to the end when I really found my groove. If you like seeing videos like this be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel and give this vid a thumbs up, you know the drill!