Making The Most of Your Planner

Saturday, September 5, 2015

For the second instalment of my #TooCouture4School series, we're talking planners. Overall, students tend to take their planners for granted. When I was in high school, using your planner was seen as 'uncool'. Most people tended to either write their homework down on their hand.. by which it probably smudged off by the end of the day, or they didn't bother to write it down at all. Now, I'm not sure if this is because being organised is seen as a 'nerdy' thing to do or because kids just don't like the look of their school's free planner but when you actually get to grips with using a planner and stick to it, it will probably be the best thing you can do to stay organised. And without further adieu, here are a few of my top tips to use your planner more efficiently.

1. Sticky Notes
I highly would advise everyone to keep a pack of these in your school bag at all times. Teachers are mean and they love to give us a lot of homework - particularly in your older years of school/college and for those of us who have big handwriting, those five lines aren't enough to write down every piece of homework we've received that day. You can use sticky notes to write on anything extra you didn't have room for, then for even more important assignments you can attach a couple to the front of your planner to make sure you see it.

2. Colour Coding
The visual learner in me, needs a bit of colour in order to keep my life in check. Using a different coloured pen for each subject will help me to see much faster how much homework I have for each subject. Similarly using different coloured sticky notes can further help certain subject assignments to stand out more, therefore you'll remember to get it done much quicker! This helped me a tonne during revision season as I'd write each day what subject I wanted to work on, for instance if I've written in pink on Tuesday then I knew straight away today was going to be a sociology day. In addition, I like to use coloured pen page markers to write my blog posts on, as these are really small I still have enough room to write my homework down, as well as being able to distinguish quicker between my university work and my blog work. 

3. The Important Pages
Most planners come with so many additional pages that students actually tend to not even look at. For example, my planner this year contains important dates, note pages, phone numbers for all of the varying examination boards and even some timetables to fill out at the back for each term. I was always that kid that would lose their timetable sheet if I didn't glue it into my planner so having an actual space in my planner to fill my timetable out is super handy! Those pages are there for a very good reason, so make sure you make the most of them. 

4. Motivate Yourself
Most planners usually have an additional note section at the end of each week. A great way to keep that motivation with you throughout the year is to either write what you've achieved by the end of that week or set yourself some goals for the following week, or even a mixture of both! This is a really useful way to keep a track of your progress and goals are always so much more easier to attain when you work towards them in small chunks each week. Writing down whatever you have accomplished that week could literally be anything from being on time to all of your classes, completing all of your assignments early or hitting 25,000 page views on your blog. I think most students dislike planners as they are filled with all of the chores we have to complete each week but if you add in some successes at the end of each week it will (hopefully) make you gain more of a positive attitude towards your studies. 

5. Get Creative!
Now for the fun part, you can design the inside of your planner whichever way you like. If you love the way your planner looks, you're more likely going to want to use it and you might even become excited to get designing it each week! You can add anything from washi tape, inspirational quotes or cute stickers. Planning and organisation really doesn't have to be as boring as it might seem after all, creativity never goes out of style. 

So that was my top five tips for using your planner more efficiently. I really hope that this helped some of you out and you're now hopefully feeling a little bit more positive towards planners; trust me they will become your best friend at school! If you're enjoying my #TooCouture4School series so far then please let me know in the comments down below, I'd love to hear your suggestions for any other back to school posts you may wish to see. You can check out all of the posts from this series by clicking the #TooCouture4School button underneath the read more section on the right hand side of the page. Until next time lovelies,

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today" 
                                - Malcom Xpost signature

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