Using Your College Planner
College offers a brand new adventure. Along the way, though, there is much to keep up with: classes, homework, extracurricular activities, a work schedule, finances, and more.
The College Planner is a resource small enough to slide into your bag or keep beside you on your desk, yet large enough to help you balance all of the various aspects of college life.
A Walk Through Your College Planner
Whether you are holding your brand new College Planner and trying to decide how to implement it into your routine or you are still trying to decide if it’s right for you, join me on a walk through the planner to see just how much is packed into this life management resource. And best of all, this year there are two designs: Blossom and Linear!
College & Adult Life
These first pages are filled with tips and suggestions for transitioning into more independent adult life. First you will find a “How to Use Your Planner” article, complete with a sample weekly spread. Next, you’ll find specific articles and forms to help you organize each new year.
Walk through practical steps to evaluate your time and learn to manage it well.
Learn how to create and maintain a yearly, semester-based, or monthly budget.
Discover the importance of setting goals and find charts to help you accomplish this task.
Find a sample checklist of items you might need for college life.
At the beginning of each semester, you will find pages designated for recording information about each of your courses, recording a booklist for each course, and laying out a semester schedule and routines. At the end of each semester, there is a spread devoted to reviewing the investment you’ve made over the past few months, including making note of course and extracurricular accomplishments and recording highlights from the semester.
Each monthly section includes a variety of resources to help you stay organized and encouraged. The monthly spread allows a view of the whole month at a glance. Next, you’ll find a practical two-page spread with a life tip, a spot for planning projects, a space set aside for keeping track of your goals, and a budget page that helps you break down your semester plan into monthly blocks.
These are the pages you will use most often. In contrast to much of the rest of the planner that encourages you to forecast and plan, these pages are more for day-to-day usage. This approach keeps you from feeling the overwhelming pressure of trying to plan out a whole week but also allows you to stay on top of your schedule, routine, and assignments.
Beside each date, you will find five little checkboxes. Use these to mark off your routine progress each day, referring back to the routine you laid out on the semester schedule page.
Keep up with your work schedule, irregular activities, or other general to-dos in this section.
In class each day, fill out any new assignments received in the “Assigned Today” spot. Next make a note on the right date in the “Assignments Due Today” spot as a reminder of when the assignment is due. Each day, find a time to update the “Today’s Work” section to divide assignments up into manageable sections to help you keep up with progress on your assignments.
Finally, each week, you will find general life skill information useful for tackling adult life, as well as quotes and Scripture verses to strengthen your heart and mind.