Highlighters, post-its, organizing, oh my! Right around the beginning of Junior year, my schedule turned hectic. AP classes, club meetings, and social events clouded up my schedule, and I did not know the best way to deal with the stress.
In comes my planner, the single thing that saved my grades from plummeting. It kept my life organized. And me?Well... it kept me motivated.
Below are some secrets of mine to staying organized, and using a planner to keep your hectic life in line!
Use the notes section to your advantage.
Most planners have a section of the notebook dedicated to notes, and to-do lists. Use it for things like shopping lists, homework, or things to remember.
Post-Its are your best friend.
Putting sticky notes on individual days can maximize the space in your planner. Last minute plans, errands, and chores are great things to write down.
3. Keep it with you.
The only way to be able to keep it up to date is to keep it with you. Get a smaller one and throw it in your bag, or put it in your backpack during school!
Use things like stickers, washi tape, and cute decorations to make your planner more you. Some planners even come with items specifically to make it all yours.
Stay on track.
If you do not actually do the things you put in your planner during the time you put it for, you will get out of the habit of using it and end up back where you started. I personally struggle with this, but the best way to avoid it is forcing yourself to follow your schedule, until it is a habit.
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Overall, a planner will become your second savior in high school. Don't let it go to waste. Make it useful and make it pretty!