Build Your Own Planner (with free printables)

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You need a planner! No, seriously, hear us out. You probably think that planners are just for busy professionals or middle schoolers required to write down their homework. But we’ve got news for you: planners are for everyone! Weekly planners can help you organize your life while giving you a way to focus on what matters. They are one of the top items we suggest all college students have around. Not convinced? Here’s why you need a weekly planner and planner printables in your life.

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Internships, meetings with TAs, class schedule changes, recital practice, social events…college life can get hectic!. And often times, we just don’t get the chance to put it in our phone.

Why leave all that important stuff to chance? Plan it all out in the most effective way possible with a weekly planner! By using a planner that is colorful, stylish, and full of great features (such as monthly calendars, notes, and/or pockets), you can take control of your life. And even better, you can actually become more productive.

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Here’s a sneak peek of our free planner printables – Click the link at the end of the post to grab a free week’s worth!

 

Ready to start? The first step is to find a planner that you are comfortable carrying around. If you use a purse or a backpack, be sure to pick one that can be easily transported. Too large and you’ll probably want to leave it at home. Too small and you’ll be squinting to see your handwriting.

Then, start jotting. You can use your planner like you would a homework tracker or a scheduler. But you can also use a planner to write out a weekend to-do list or a goal sheet that lists what you want/need to accomplish throughout the week.

Your planner should be personalized to fit your needs, and that’s why we love planner printables. Bold and vibrant is our style – as it helps us highlight the important things (without having to carry around a highlighter or colored pens). We also love awesome shapes — such as hearts for date nights, flags for the important stuff, stars for evening meetings, and speech bubbles for notes to ourselves.

Using a planner can change your life for good! The more you use it, the more you’ll see just how essential having one is for your busy life. Check out our free planner printables and get on your way to organizing your days!

 

 

 

10 Tech Tools Every College Kid Needs

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Slow-running computers with bulky headphones and outdated programs are not going to help you succeed. Having the right kind of technology on your side can make or break you – especially during your first year of college. Whether it’s from making life in the dorms a little bit more bearable, or ramping up your productivity in major ways, these are the tech tools every college kid needs!

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  1. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Picture this: it’s your first night in the dorm rooms. You’re crazy excited, your roommate seems pretty awesome, and your bed is surprisingly comfortable. But as soon as the lights go out, you hear it — the loud, piercing snore of your roommate. What are you going to do? That’s where noise-canceling headphones come in. Whether you’re trying to get some sleep or need a bit of extra concentration while at the library, having the ability to drown out sounds is a blessing in itself.

  1. Productivity Software

We’re all guilty of putting something off to the last minute or falling trap to a Facebook distraction. If you find yourself way behind, check out apps like StayFocused, you can download on your computer that block out social media for certain periods of time or until you complete a task.

 

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  1. Digital Scheduler

Those ugly, plain day planners are out and your phone is in! By switching to a digital scheduler or planner, you can have all the information you need at the touch of your fingers. With so many to choose from, you can find one that matches your style and busy schedule needs. Or you can opt for a basic, no non-sense program like Tomorrow.Do, which gives you a short-term to-do list synced to your devices.

  1. Group Project Organizer

What if it’s not just your day that needs organizing? If you’re working with a group on a project, managing everything and keeping track of who does what or certain milestones can be an even bigger challenge. Set up your group using sharable tech such as Google Drive’s Docs, Sheets, and Presentations. Or, go even higher tech with more options like chatting abilities and project management with free-to-use Evernote or pay-to-use Basecamp.

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Digital Planners have come a long way!

 

  1. Laptop Theft Protection

Laptop thefts are a reality even on the safest of campuses. If you plan to use your expensive computer outside your locked dorm room, arm yourself with a laptop lock. These locks hook into your computer’s USB or charger ports and then has a cable that wraps around a leg of a desk or stationed table. For the lower price, it certainly will give you peace of mind.

  1. Notetaker

Maybe you’re a traditionalist who just loves to get their hands in everything, or maybe you’re a tactile learner who remembers information best when you are scribbling notes down. Either way, using a laptop to take notes is probably not helping you remember that biology lecture any better. That’s where a notetaking pen comes in! These digital pens work with apps on your touchscreen laptop or tablet to give you the real experience of notetaking — just like you did in grade and high school. You’ve got to love apps that make something you love that much better and easier!

 

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Planners to Keep Your School Year Organized

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I am that person who is obsessed with planners. I swear I don’t know how I would live my everyday life without mine, especially when it comes to organizing homework assignments and test dates. My professor hands me the syllabus, it goes immediately into my planner, and I instantly feel prepared for the upcoming semester. If you are looking for a great way to organize your schedule, check out my favorite planner picks!

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1) Ban.do adjendas– If you are looking for a spacious planner with fun weekend activity suggestions, cute compliments, lists of national holidays (the important ones, like national donut day), and even stickers, then this is the planner for you. I personally have not one (pictured above stating ‘I am very busy’), but two Ban.do agendas and absolutely love them! I found the “I am very busy” agenda to be a bit small, because a) I am incapable of writing at a normal size and b) I write my entire life into my planner and that requires a lot of room, so I purchased their large floral agenda as well. 

2) Kate Spade Agendas– Also pictured above is my Kate Spade large gold dot agenda! I used this all last year and found it perfect for organizing my classes. Each week had more than enough room to write in assignments, and each month provides you with a Kate Spade approved saying. Although it lacks stickers and written in compliments, it is exceptionally chic and easily organizable.

3) The Happiness Planner– College can be overwhelming, and The Happiness Planner is here to help. It provides room for to do lists and test dates, as well as acting as your own personal life coach. Unlike most planners, it has everything from spaces to write in positive aspects of your day, what goals you would like to achieve, even what you ate, and what you bought in order for you to reflect on what makes you the happiest. This is a great planner to keep your school year organized because it lets you keep track of everything, and has you feeling great all at the same time!

5) May Designs– This is a great planner because not only is it cost effective, but it is also totally customizable! May Designs provides  you with a crazy amount of prints for the cover of your planner, and even lets you add a monogram which you can also completely customize. And don’t worry, the inside is just as great as the outside! They are also the perfect size to fit into your backpack (only 5×8!) so you don’t feel like it’s just one extra thing to lug around with your books. Believe me, my aching back knows the struggle.

I hope this post has been helpful if you are looking to keep your school year organized! I know for a fact that I would have failed out of school without mine. Another great tip is to make sure you’re not just writing in your assignments and then never checking back to see what you wrote for that day! I also make sure that my planner is something I enjoy writing in by doing plenty of decorating! Definitely find a way to make your planner your own and have fun coming up with your own personal ways to organize and decorate.

Have any great tips on some of your favorite planners, or ways that you organize or decorate yours? Feel free to comment and let us know!