One thing that tons of college students struggle with is managing their time in college. If this sounds like you, then you’ve probably heard someone say “get a planner!” Like me, you may have started out using that cute little planner for the first few weeks then slowly stopped. In this post, I am going to help you avoid neglecting your planner ever again! Want to know how? By helping you find your perfect planner! Here are a few things that you need to know before you go on the planner hunt!
1. Figure out how busy you will be
One of the big things that you need to look at in order to find your perfect planner is how busy your schedule will be. By doing this, you will be able to determine how much space you will need in your planner. If you have to juggle multiple things like school, work, a blog, and your personal life like I do, then it may be a good idea to grab a larger planner that will have plenty of room for you to add in all of your activities. If you are extremely busy with lots of deadlines and time-based events, you may need to look at a planner that is separated by hours like mine below.
2. Decide which planner format you prefer
Next, you are going to need to decide which planner format works best for you. Do you like having a to-do list built into your planner or do you feel like that is too hardcore for you? Do you prefer having the hourly increments like I mentioned above or not? One thing that I was looking for in my planner this year was it included a full month view as well as a separate page for each day. Since college, blogging, having a life, and applying to graduate school keep me pretty busy, I knew that I would need to have a lot of space for each day. This way, I could avoid cramming everything together in tiny slots.
3. Find out what extras you would like to have
Do you enjoy writing a daily gratitude? Would you like to have an inspirational quote on each page? Would you enjoy a planner that is filled with bright, exciting colors? Want space to add in planner stickers? Keep these things in mind when you are searching for your new planner! I’ve also created a bonus worksheet to help you get a better idea of what kind of planner will work for you. You can grab this by signing up below!
4. Look at your options
Last but not least, you are going to have to look at quite a few planner options! Since there are so many great companies that make planners, it’s important to keep your eyes open in order to find the right one for you. One of the easiest ways to do this is by looking online! A blogging friend of mine actually has an amazing post where she was able to review a ton of planners to help you guys out!
5. The planner that worked for me
Since we are talking about planners, I figured that I should also share with you the planner that I chose to use this year. I recently found the Day Designer planner line but decided that $50 was just too much to pay for a planner (even though they are beautiful!). Luckily, I found out that the creator of the Day Designer planners decided to work with another planner brand called Blue Sky whose products can be found at Target. This teamwork led to a planner line called Day Designer for Blue Sky that can be found at Target! They have various planner shapes and sizes including a small version, medium version, large version, and even a huge desk planner! Since I knew that my senior year of college is going to be quite busy, I decided to invest in one of the larger planners that they have to offer. I purchased this one for $20 at Target and could not have been happier!
To give you extra help finding your perfect planner, I have created a bonus planner finding worksheet which you can download by signing up below! I hope that these tips help you find your perfect planner! Because we all know that having one place to organize our entire lives makes things go much more smoothly! I would love to hear if you have any more planner finding tips in the comments below!
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