Welcome back, friends! I’m so excited for today’s post, as “plan with me’s” are some of my favorites to read! I ordered my first Erin Condren Planner last August (2018), and absolutely love it! I opted for the horizontal lines instead of the popular vertical boxes. So, if you’re interested in seeing how I’m planning for the new semester, just keep reading!
Step 1: Choose colors for color coding.
I color code each class, my to do list, and my blog. I use the same colors I’ve chosen for my agenda on my dry erase board as well. Next, I write each class into my agenda, generally leaving an empty space between each class to ensure enough room to write assignments. Once I know what classes I’m keeping & which ones I’m dropping, I will fill in the next few weeks of my agenda.
Step 2: Create Folders
It’s time to print out the course syllabi and schedules. I try to be as organized as possible, as it tends to ease my anxiety. I create a folder for each class I’m taking (or for the ones that need a folder) to ensure I can find the syllabi and schedules easily. In this age of electronics, I like to have a hard copy of my schedule so I can hold my to do lists in my hand. There’s something very calming being able to hold a schedule in front of you and see when each assignment is due. The syllabi and schedules tend to get lost when I only rely on them electronically, and I end up re-downloading the same file multiple times. By printing them out, I know exactly where they are when I need them.
Step 3: Make Important Notes
As a student, it’s hard to keep track of what each class expects. After I’ve printed out the course schedule, I re-read the syllabi and make notes about due dates, word length requirements for discussion posts, and any other important notes I think are necessary. Again, this is a huge anxiety reliever for the first week of classes!
Step 4: Assignments & To Do Lists
It’s finally time to write down assignments, due dates, & to do lists for the week. I’ve been trying to incorporate more stickers into my agenda; I think they add a fun touch!
Step 5: Transfer to Dry Erase Board
As I said previously, I try to use the same colors for each class on the dry erase board that I’ve used in my agenda. I love the ability to see my month at a glance. And, since I’m still creating and adjusting to my new routine, it’s extremely beneficial to be able to easily erase and replace assignments & blog posts.
That’s it for my first Plan With Me post! I hope you found this helpful and inspiration to get organized for the semester/year/week! How do you like to get organized?