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. Monthly checklist. Since I’m starting grad school at a whole new… View Post

Syllabus week might be my favorite week out of the year. Honestly, it’s not even because classes are easy and there are a ton of parties, it’s because I FINALLY get to use my new planner. If you’re a freshman or an upperclassmen who is just trying to get their life together (it’s okay, I won’t judge), here’s my take on what to do with your syllabus. Print them out. Here’s the first step. I know that they’re made available online so you can access them whenever your little heart desires, but just trust me on this one. Print them out. You don’t have to print them in color, just print them. Staple each one and then take a sec and admire your pile. Take it one at a time. Don’t try to focus on every single syllabus at once. I will just grab one and flip to the course schedule and go to town. Trying to tackle more than one syllabus at once can get confusing and you’ll end up messing something up, trust me. Big picture and small picture go hand in hand. I will start out by writing all “big” things like exams, quizzes, and projects in… View Post

If you didn’t know by now, I love planners. I just recently published my second annual planner roundup, but this year I knew I wanted to do some things differently. In addition to my usual planner round up, I wanted to write a separate post showcasing all of the completely AWESOME printable planners the internet has to offer.  Some of them are even made by fellow college bloggers! Printable planners are a great alternative to the expensive planners you can buy from retailers. You can bind them how you like and pick and choose how many pages and what types of pages you’ll need! In addition, they are typically MUCH cheaper. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Honeybee Joyous’ Plan Better Live Better Planner Why it Rocks: Well, first of all, I’m a bit biased about this one because Emily is a college blogger just like me! She created this planner because she couldn’t find a planner that worked for her. I give her so much credit for designing an entire planner! Price: $25.00, buy it here. Printable Pineapple’s Student Planner 10-in-1 Bundle Why it Rocks: With this purchase, you will receive an assignment planner, project planner,… View Post

  Blogging can be time consuming and things can get totally crazy if you don’t keep your ideas, content, and social media channels in check. Bloggers have different ways of scheduling their content. Some use online resources (such as Google calendar), some bloggers use notebooks, some bloggers do their blog planning right in the same agenda they use for school work, clubs, and other personal stuff! It doesn’t matter how you do it, I just know that in order to stay sane, you have to put your ideas somewhere. The planner. Personally, I use a May Designs agenda. I bought one two years ago to use for school and have since realized that they’re a little too tiny for my every day academic needs. However, it’s the PERFECT blog planner. I’ve been using mine for a year and am thrilled to have a brand-new one to use for 2016-2017. Since this planner doesn’t begin until August, it’s pretty blank right now so some pictures will be of my old planner so you can get the gist of how it actually looks when there’s a ton of stuff scrawled all over the page! In the photo, my old one is in the… View Post

This post contains some affiliate links. Last year, I wrote a post about some really fun planner options for college students. It went pretty viral on Pinterest and has been viewed almost 100,000 times. That post was one of my favorite ones to write last year so I figured, why not make this a yearly thing? I knew I wanted to make this year’s planner post bigger and better than before. So I reached out to a ton of companies and asked if they’d like to contribute a planner to my post. Nearly all of them said yes, which was something I really wasn’t expecting but I couldn’t be happier! I’m so excited to present to you the second annual Kayla Blogs planner post featuring FIFTEEN different planners! 1. Time & To Do Planner Size + Specs: The Time & To Do planner is 11.25 x 9.25″, while the pages are standard letter size (8.5 x 11″). The cover is 80-point chipboard and is wrapped. It is navy blue and white striped with the Time & To Do logo on the front and back covers. It runs from August 2016 to July 2017. It includes yearly overview pages, a monthly view at… View Post