I hope you are all having an amazing start to your week! Since school is starting up for most people, I figured I would give a little bit of advice on staying organized with planners!
I am NOT a very organized person, my room is a complete mess and I am terrible at making sure by bags are organized. Planners are the one thing that help me stay organized, I can track my schedule, all my homework, and just things I need to get done.
I am even trying to use it to remind me to write and schedule my blogs! It is kinda new so I am still not great at it but I am getting better!
onto the good stuff
When buying a planner, you have to get the planner that is right for you and what you need. Think about how much stuff you need to put in, when are you starting your planner, and if you need monthly, weekly, or daily spaces. Another major thing to think about is how much you are willing to spend on your planner.
I spent about 5 dollars on my planner, and it has monthly and daily spaces to write. I got my planner at Homegoods, you don´t need to spend a lot of money to get a good planner!
In my opinion, the key to keeping your planner organized is coloring coding everything. I know some people can just write everything in pencil and it works great for them, but I can never seem to easily check my planner if it is all in one color.
Most of my pens are either from Paper Mate or Pilot, and the highlighters I use are from Yoobi, any pens or pencils will work though, just make sure what you are doing makes sense to you, it doesn´t matter how cute or ¨artsy¨ something is if it does not help you stay organized!
Something else that really helps me keep up with my planner is just planning ahead! If its August and I know when my AP tests are in May I just put it in so I don´t have to think about it. (Well I am thinking about how stressful my AP tests are going to be) but you get what I mean. Don´t wait until the last minute or else your planner is not really helping you!
Another reason people dislike or never keep up with their planners is how boring it can be when you are writing down the monthly things you have to do, which is what in my opinion takes the longest. But I think if you make it fun, it can actually be really enjoyable! I like to go to Starbucks, get some coffee, turn on some music, and write out my plans for the week! It is honestly so relaxing to see what you have planned for the week on paper.
I hope these tips helped you start considering starting a planner! I know it can be extremely hard to keep up but I promise it is worth it!
Thanks for reading!