Tips for Staying Organized in College + My Favorite Planner

Hi friends! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been super sick this week, and I’m also taking the GRE on Thursday, so….I’ve been pretty distracted. Haha. FORGIVE ME PLEASE!!!

Anyway. It’s still back to school month, so I wanted to write about something that could help you peeps who are heading back to your college towns (or high schools!) soon, and there’s nothing I love more than organization (I am the list queen). So, today I thought I would share with you some tips I use to stay organized and on track during the school year, and I also wanted to talk about my favorite planner that I have been using recently. Yay!

Tips for staying organized in college

Tips for staying organized in college

I always make sure to sit down and plan out my week each Sunday evening. This seems super simple, I know. But I feel so organized going into the week when I’ve taken the time to plan out what I need to do, and I know what my tasks are for each day. This really helps if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your workload, because if you space it all out day by day it doesn’t look as scary. Plus, this will help if you need to make plans throughout the week, because you can just look at your planner and know when you are free and when you will be too busy to accept an invitation to something (although you can always switch things around. Don’t feel anchored to the schedule you’ve written out).

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In addition to planning out my week on Sunday, I also take 5 minutes every evening before bed to go over my tasks for the next day and change/add things if necessary. This is great because throughout the week, things change. You might have gotten busy one day and you couldn’t finish everything on your list. Don’t stress – just add that task to another day of the week that isn’t as busy. I’m super guilt of this, I always try to put too many chores on one day and then I get upset when I can’t finish them all. It’s important to be aware of what you are capable of achieving in one day, and it’s OK if every once in a while you don’t get everything done.

Keep your agenda with you throughout the day and add in tasks as they are assigned to you. It’s great to plan out the next day, but things always change. You need to keep your planner with you so that when you think of something you need to do or someone asks you to do something, you can quickly add it to your list and stay organized. If you wait a few hours to write it down, you could forget it, or you could think of too many tasks. Trying to keep it all in your head will overwhelm you. I need to have my agenda near me at all times in case something comes up!

Keep necessary lists in the notes app on your phone. I always write down general tasks, but if I want to be more specific I always start a list on my phone. For example, I might write “go grocery shopping” on my agenda. But then in my phone I’ll write out a list of the individual items I need to buy at the store that day. This just helps to keep everything super specific and organized, that way I have no reason to feel frazzled (which happens easily, lol).

Tips for staying organized in college

I always make sure to include an easy task or two in my agenda each day. This really helps to get the ball rolling every morning. If I get up and can easily scratch the first thing off of my to do list, it really motivates me to keep going and finish everything else. These tasks can be anything, but some that I use are make the bed, put away the dishes or do the laundry.

TREAT YO SELF! Lol. What I mean is that you should reward yourself when you accomplish tasks. If you have a big project you really want to finish, tell yourself that you’ll go get ice cream when you’re done, or plan a fun night out with friends to celebrate. This helps you to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so you don’t stare at the daunting task ahead of you, get defeated and give up before you’ve even started (if you can’t tell, this has happened to me on multiple occasions, lol.)

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Don’t make your planner all about work. I used to only put my boring, work and school related tasks in my planner, and then I would never want to look at it because there wasn’t anything in there I wanted to see. But then I started adding dates with friends and fun activities I was going to do into the planner, and I found myself checking it way more frequently. This also helped to ensure I never forgot about any plans I made!

Most planner should have a calendar at then beginning of each month that shows every day in that month (or else it should. If yours doesn’t, I would recommend getting one that does!) Plan out your long-term events, projects and activities in this calendar. Then, at the beginning of every week, go back and look at that calendar and add in anything that needs to be added. I feel this is more organized than adding an event that is happening a month from now onto the actual date in the agenda, because it will get lost and you won’t see it until the week of. If it’s in your calendar, you’ll see it every time you look at that calendar. Plus, it’s nice to have a calendar layout that helps to tell how far away things are. The weekly layout can make things look farther away than they actually are.

My favorite Planner for staying Organized

Recently i have been using the Erin Condren Life Planner. This thing is seriously amazing! I love so aspects of it, including:

  • You can customize the color scheme and design
  • It’s big and gives you ample room for writing and planning
  • You can choose which weekly planner style works for you
  • It’s sturdy and won’t break/come off the spiral
  • Has a calendar section at the beginning of each month
  • Has extra pages and side sections for lists and notes

Did this article help you out? Let me know! I love hearing from you. Once again, thanks so much for reading!