January 18, 2017

How I Use My Agenda + Stay Organized in College

Hey y'all!

Since it's the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new semester, I decided to share how I organize my agenda (or planner..whatever you call it!) as well as how I like to stay organized. This is my sophomore year of college, and I'd like to say I have a pretty good system down.

I've been using this planner system since my freshman year of high school, and it really works for me. Everyone is different, but I think this is a super easy way to hold yourself accountable for homework, due dates and assignments. 

{ The Planner + Pencil Bag }
I usually use a Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda, but I'm waiting until the summer to purchase a new one! Since those planners are 17-months, they leave an awkward time gap. I found myself searching for something similar, but not wanting to shell out $45 for something sub-par. I checked out Amazon, Target, Walmart...

And then I found this simple Mead Weekly/Monthly Planner. It's the perfect size for me to just carry around in my backpack, plus it's super affordable, so there's no excuse to not have one! I just added my own "Life is Good" sticker that I purchased from Redbubble, and I was good to go! 

As for my pencil bag, I bought this longchamp dupe from Old Navy a few years ago. I personally prefer cosmetic style bags instead of regular pencil cases, because they fit more! 

Here are a few cute options: silver cosmetic bag ,  iridescent cosmetic bag , black cosmetic bag

What's in my Pencil Bag + How to Color Code }
My absolute favorite pens of all time are the Pentel Energel Deluxe in the color 'blue medium'. They write so smoothly and never bleed through paper. I refuse to use anything else! They have a few other colors in this pen as well. 

As for my highlighters, I use the Lilly Pulitzer pen with highlighter set. Honestly, they aren't anything special, so using the basic Sharpie highlighters is another great option, especially on a college girl budget.

I recommend also keeping sticky notes / lined note pads to write reminders and to-lists!

I personally use a color coding system for my planner. As you can see, each color means a different thing. I am a very visual person, so having events and deadlines highlighted in different colors, really helps me realize what's going on in my life.

{ A Typical Week }
Since it's currently the beginning of the semester, I don't have very many assignments. So I skipped a few weeks ahead to show an example of what a 'typical' week looks like for me. As you can tell, it's very easy to see that I have quite a few due dates!

 { But What About Breaks? }
Since it is spring semester, I'll have Spring Break off (woohoo!!!). For situations like that, I just like to use washi tape to make it obvious that the vacation lasts the full week. I like to leave room in case I need to write things like flight details, travel plans or anything else like that.

{ Organization Tips + Tricks }
The key to keeping up with a planner is staying organized. I recommend buying an accordion folder to help keep on top of all of your classes. I label a section for each one of my classes. Since I'm taking 15 hours this semester, I have 5 tabs. It also doesn't hurt to accessorize / personalize! My sister made me this super cute Lilly Pulitzer monogram. Check out her store here!

At the very beginning of the semester, print out each classes syllabus. Staple it together and go through it with a highlighter. I personally choose to highlight the required materials (books, access codes, etc), the due dates, and quizzes / tests. Then I transfer that over to my planner to make sure I know ahead of time when I have something important for that particular class.

Another helpful tip is to create your own pdf version of your schedule. I personally use picmonkey to create mine every semester. Then I print it out on a note card and use a paperclip to attach it onto my planner. That way I know when each class is without it being obvious that I'm checking the room number 100 times. You can see my example on the first picture! 

I really hoped this helped! Using a planner is such a simple way to make your life easier. Once you start, I promise you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. If you liked this post, let me know! I think next, I would really like to do a "what's in my backpack" style post to show some of my every day essentials for college life! 

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