Are you one of those people who keeps telling themselves that they'll start a planner and never do? I used to be like that until I started my A-levels. A-levels can be stressful. I choose to do three coursework based subjects which required a lot of work outside High School and as well as that, I had a part time job that ranged from 18 - 30 hours a week so I had to find a way to stay organised and on track of my tasks. I started using a planner and after a while it became a habit. I know that sticking to a planner and trying to be organised can actually be difficult therefore, I decided to share some of my tricks as to how I learnt to love a planner.
Write out your timetable
I know that this might sound silly to some of you because lets face it, everything is digital now and we can find our timetables online yet this step will benefit you in so many ways. You will be able to check your timetable without any distractions. No notifications popping up, no messages coming through. It is also good as since you are writing the whole timetable out, it will be easier for you to memorise what you have.
Use a single planner for everything
Do not try to go out and buy three different planners for separate things such; use one planner for all your notes and tasks. This will mean that everything will be in one place instead of all over sticky notes or phone reminders.
Keep your planner updated
This sounds so obvious but I know that a lot of people start a planner and give up halfway through. Make sure that you update it as much as you can. For instance, I take my planner to University everyday so that I can write down any assignments I have to do and then when I get back to my apartment, I take it out of my bag and set it at my table so that I can see what I have to do.
Get into routine and stick to it
I feel like this is one of the most important points. Get into a routine with your planner. I spend every Sunday evening planning the next week ahead which involves topics like; grocery list, University equipment needed, timetable, events, scheduled blog posts etc. Once you get into a routine, it will become so easy.
Use colour coding
Colour coding your tasks, dates or lessons can save your life and you can make it fun. You can use markers, fine liners, stickers or colouring pencils to code your importnat dates and events to make it visually appealing and easier to spot. You can use patterns or simple colours to make your planner unique.
Tick tasks off
Once you complete your task, make sure to check it off. You can use a number of ways to do that such as using a highlighter, creating a little checklist or putting a line through the task.
While I was writing about planning organisation, I also thought that I might as well write a little something on how I keep my lecture notes neat and tidy. I know that everyone has a different way to write notes and stay organised, but I decided to share mine.
I love colours and colour coding and that is what makes my notebooks organised. I use colours to spit up topics which in a result make it easier for me to learn and find them. I would use a fine liner to write the important things while the rest is written in black ink. Highlighters are also useful if you need to highlight something important in the notes. I try to keep my notebooks consistent and easy to navigate and I do that by separating every topic with the mini sticky notes that you can literally buy anywhere.
I hope you found this post useful. If you have any good planning or note taking tips, make sure to comment down below!!
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