The life of a college student can be difficult to manage, and although many students have a planner, they don’t really understand what or how to use it properly and effectively.
Many things need to be considered when setting up your planner, and we are here to help give you some pointers on how you should set up your planner so that it is more efficient to help you get through your years of college.
After all, just buying a planner is not enough. You must be able to use it effectively to get the most out of it. Many students have issues with procrastination and time management, and knowing how to set up your planner as a college student will help you to avoid some of these. Let’s get started!
Create a Map Out Of Your Schedule
Whenever you get a new planner, before you start writing away, you must map out a few different things to ensure that you will get the most out of your planner.
The first and most important thing that you need to map out is your schedule. You cannot effectively do anything or plan for anything if you are not sure what your schedule will be. Some people might tell you to fill out the dates and your schedule for the whole year in a planner, but if you are a student, then this is not practical.
Throughout your college career, your class schedule will constantly change depending on the different classes that you choose to take, and therefore, when you are creating and mapping out your schedule in your planner you should leave a few areas open for different things that might arise, which will help to make your schedule flexible if you have a sudden project or special study session that might arise for a class.
This will help to make sure that your entire schedule will not be disheveled if something spontaneous comes up.
Finally, when you map out your schedule, you should not just include your class schedule, but you should make sure that you leave some areas open in your schedule to allow you to plan for various types of personal time.
After all, a college student needs some time to unwind to help and ensure that they are fresh and ready for tests and classes. This is why mapping out your schedule is the first and most important part of dealing with a planner when being an active college student.
Write Your Goals
Everyone should have goals for where they are going and what they want to accomplish. Sometimes these goals are short-term, and sometimes they are long-term goals. However, you need to write down any goals that you have to ensure that you have a reference for goals that you want to accomplish for whatever reason.
It is an excellent idea to look for a planner that has its own goal section. Some planners have a simple area for you just to write down your goals, while other planners have an entire section that is catered towards goals.
Therefore when it comes to writing down your goals, this will allow you to look back on what you wanted to accomplish and you can easily keep track of your progress on each goal, regardless of what type of goal it might be.
You can focus on different types of goals in your life, from academic goals to personal life goals. Regardless of what type, it is important to write the goals down in your planner so that you do not forget them.
Following your goals will help to ensure you get to where you want to be, but this is not an easy thing to do if you do not write them down. Therefore, this is why writing down your goals is an important step as a college student to keep you on track and have something to work towards. Your goals do not have to be economic-based, but they can be.
They can also be things that you want to accomplish, and some planners will have a place for you to track these goals at different time intervals, which is important to help promote a sense of getting things done and closer to your end goals.
Once you write down your goals in your planner, you should check on your map for your schedule to see if you are effectively managing your time so that your goals will be realized and come to pass easier.
Create Map Out of Your Semester
Mapping out your semester is an important thing for you to ensure that you will remain organized throughout the entire semester, and it will help with your time management.
Procrastination is one of the biggest issues that college students face, but if you create a map for your semester, you will be better equipped to manage your time efficiently, which is extremely important for college students to keep them from falling behind in different aspects of their life.
Keeping track of where you need to be throughout the semester will be easier when you have a map already laid out. It will allow you to keep on top of your academics, but it will also free up time for you to do other things like social activities or work if needed.
When mapping out your semester, you should add in different aspects of your life not just your academic classes and setups.
This will help to ensure that you are capable of not only making your classes and keeping up with your assignments on time, but it will help you to make sure that you have enough time for having a personal life, which is important to help keep you concentrated and focused.
Create a Plan for Your Week
Most planners will come with a weekly and a monthly section, but a lot of people have issues when it comes to filling out their weekly schedules.
It feels like it would be an easy task, but college students are constantly on the go, and they have a million things that they need to get done every week to ensure that they are kept up to where they need to be. We recommend that when planning for your week, you sit down and do this on a Sunday, which is usually one of the busiest days that a college student has.
The best way to do this is by having your class syllabus handy. You will want to manually transfer all of the assignments that will be due for the week into your planner.
After you have done this, you will want to add in any other important appointments that you might have that are not academic-related. A few examples of these entries might be doctor appointments, mixers, or other social activities.
When filling out the weekly section, this will also allow you to see where you will have time open to add in new things that might come up, and you will easily be able to make a decisive decision when someone asks you what your plans are or if you and your study group need to schedule an extra session to ensure you are all caught up to speed.
This is important because unlike with a regular syllabus, you will be able to see your own personal schedule on paper so that nothing is left out and forgotten.
Insights and Takeaways
All in all, a planner is essential to help a college student to remain organized and keep their academic, work, and personal life on the right track.
You should make sure that the planner you choose is capable of keeping track of everything that you want to keep track of in your life so that you do not have to worry about going back and purchasing different planners for different aspects of your life.
You should ensure that you are capable of mapping out your schedule, keeping track of your personal, academic, and professional goals, mapping out each semester, and finally, different sections that allow you to view weekly and monthly sections.
Knowing how to properly set up your planner is just the first step to helping you get off on the right foot for your semester and academic school year.