An Organized Approach to Productivity

Hi, friends! Have you ever had 3 tests, 2 papers due, and a presentation to give all in the span of a few days? If you have, you’re not alone. College students often have to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. In other words, we have to be super productive. It’s possible to achieve a lot with little time, as long as you’re organized and manage your time wisely. In this post, I want to help you be very productive with little time.
An Organized Approach to Productivity| Want to complete a ton of work in a short time? This simple productivity method will help you achieve a lot in little time!
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Figure out what exactly you need to do.

Before you attack your assignments, you need to figure out what exactly you need to do. Go class by class, extracurricular activity by extracurricular activity, and create a list of all the tasks you need to complete. Once you finish this list, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by how long it is. But don’t stress! Now that you know what you need to do, you can create a plan of attack to get all those assignments/tasks done.

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Bullet Journals Vs. Planners: Which One Should You Use?

Hi, friends! It’s no secret that planning is an important part of being a college student. Planning helps us keep track of assignments/tests, appointments, and other commitments. Two of the most popular types of planners are bullet journals and traditional planners (such as Lilly Pulitzer or Vera Bradley). At some point in my life, I was torn between the two, so I did some research. I found that they both have their advantages, but depending on the person, one might be a better option than the other. In this post, I’ll help you decide which one works best for you: a bullet journal or a traditional planner.

Which planning system should you use: a bullet journal or a planner? If you're not sure, this post will help you decide!

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A bullet journal is for you if:

You’re artistic

Bullet journals are perfect for those who love to doodle in their notebooks. There’s plenty of space for you to add your own artistic touch…

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The Art of Prioritizing

Many intelligent students don’t do well in college, not because they’re not smart, but because they don’t know how to prioritize. In college, time management/prioritizing is half the battle. Most students who struggle with prioritizing fall under one of two extremes: they either over commit themselves because they think it will help them in the future, or they spend too much time doing things that won’t profit them in the future. Prioritizing is the art of finding balance between over-committing yourself and being lazy. Here are some ways to make sure you manage your time correctly.

The Art of Prioritizing | Prioritizing is half the battle in college. Here are some tips to help you prioritize your life!

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Know Your Limits

The problem many people have with prioritizing is that they spread themselves too thin. They commit themselves to too many things, and as a result, they can’t give their best to any of these commitments. The best way to avoid this is to know your limits and don’t cross them. If you feel like you’ve already crossed your limits, check out the next point…

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A Peek Inside My Planner

Hi, friends! Today, I’m going to let you peek into my planner! I currently use the Vera Bradley 2015-16 Student Agenda in the print “Pixie Blooms”. I bought it at my school’s bookstore. Here’s how I use my planner to stay organized and to keep track of due dates, appointments, and goals.

A Peek Inside My Planner | Here's how I organize my planner for maximum efficiency!

A Peek Inside My Planner

I write down my schedule on the “Schedule” page of my planner.

In the past, I’ve forgotten whether my class was at 12PM or at 12:30PM. During times like these, I’m glad I can just flip over my planner and make sure I’m at the right place at the right time.

A Peek Inside My Planner
I use the “notes” page at the beginning of each month to write down my goals for the month.

A Peek Inside My Planner

The Monthly View

  • I include appointments, student organization meetings, important semester dates (such as the add/drop date), class cancellations, blog posts, assignment due dates, and test dates. I use a different color for each class/activity.
  • I highlight really important assignments like tests and papers.
  • At the beginning of the month, I go through each of my syllabi individually and write in the important dates of the class for that month for each class. (I don’t write down ALL the dates at the beginning of the semester because due dates can change as the semester goes on.)

Weekly View

  • I use it as a daily “to do” list.
  • I highlight items that have to be carried over to the next day (that’s why nothing is written on Wednesday, because there were two items carried over from Tuesday).
  • At the end of the day, I start adding tasks to tomorrow’s to do list. That way, when I start studying tomorrow, I’ll already have a plan laid out.
  • I try to write things down in the order of priority.

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Color Coding System

    • I use a different color for each class, and a different color for each other activity/commitment (church, for example).
    • Green, red, purple, orange, and black are classes.
    • Blue is my blog.

I hope you all enjoyed peeking inside my planner! This organization system helps me keep track of what I have to do and when, and it ensures that I don’t miss any due dates.

How do you organize your planner?

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