When you have as much going on as I do, a large number of printables are required for staying organized. On any given day, I have at least ten must-accomplish items on my To-Do lists that are for at least 5 different projects, jobs, or assignments. That's why I LOVE printables. Every college student feels the pressure of staying organized. Managing 5 classes, an internship, and a job can be like trying to stay afloat in quicksand. My main problem is that I am never able to find one single planner that suits my needs. So, as part of my Spring Cleaning and organization, I decided to make one. To keep up with my 5 classes, 5 jobs, and new internship, I use a variety of calendars, week-view schedules, and to-do lists to stay organized. To me, nothing is better than a good to-do list. It helps you keep track of an prioritize your goals. In creating these free printables, I made them customizeable so that anyone can assemble their own planner to meet there needs. Here are my tips for staying organized and using the free printables you get when signing up for Beanies & Weenies newsletters below:
Get The Right Tools
Not only is a good planner, or the right printables, necessary for staying organized, but so is the right tools. I would start with thesecolored tabbed dividers/sticky notes can mark important your most important pages and allow you to write quick notes without marking on the actual page. And they're a great size to use with free printables. You also need highlights to attract your eyes to important events, deadlines, and notes. These clear-view highlighters let you see what your highlighting. Lastly, you need to get fine tip pens so you can write in the smallest of spaces. These fine tipped pens come in a large variety of colors- perfect for color coding!
Color coding can be a giant time saver when it comes to staying organized. With just one quick glance, you can use color coding to tell you what you have coming up. I use color to indicate differences between tests and quizzes, projects, homework, articles due for the newspaper, and any projects due for my freelance work. Needless to say, having a variety in colored pens and highlighters really comes in handy. Since most printables are black and white, bright colors stand out real well.
Keep it All Together
Office Depot offer great binding services. You can print out all your free printables, assemble them in the right order, and then take them to Office Depot for binding. You can choose from several binding options including different spines and cover materials. Or, for an alternate option, use a three-hole punch and a three-ring binder to keep all your free printable planner pages together instead. I keep one monthly calendar for every job I work plus school, so it is important for me to make sure all my printables stay together.
Update Your To-Do List Everyday
It is important to always make changes to your planner, your to-do list specifically, every time a change a occurs or else you're going to forget it. After all, that's what staying organized is all about. Cross off old tasks as you complete them, always write down important dates and times as soon as you learn about them, and reorganize the order of your to-do list to reflect what's most important. For me, rewriting my to-do list works best. It lets me add new things throughout the day and put the most important at the top the next day. I purposely created these free printables that had a master, daily to-do list because they keep me so organized and on track.
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