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Grad School: Color-Coding

Grad SchoolIn the excitement leading up to starting graduate school, I’ll share a few posts about how I am currently organized / how I plan on being organized during grad school. Expect these posts each Tuesday for several weeks, and they will start off with “Grad School:” and will be categorized under “Grad School” and / or “Organization,” as well as “Everything,” as always.


I have never been one to color-code my notes, planner, study guides, etc. I can see how it works for other people, but it’s never been something I can stick to consistently. Color-coding just seems like a lot of work for something that doesn’t do much for me memory-wise.

The only thing that’s color-coded is my Google Calendar, and that’s mainly because it’s good for a quick overview (aka big blocks of color), and there’s usually no more than two or three types of events on there at a time (one for each job and one for extra activities, see below).

Google Calendar Example

Here’s how I color-code my Google Calendar:

– Job #1 = Dark Green / Default Color Option

– Job #2 = Light Grey

– Square Dance Lessons / Square Dances = Purple

– Big Brothers Big Sisters Meet-ups = Turquoise

– Delta Zeta Events = (what Google Calendar classifies as) Red

That’s about the extent of my color-coding. Everything on physical paper doesn’t get that sort of special treatment because it just doesn’t work for me.

However, what works for me might not work for you. You might LOVE and swear by color-coding everything. And that’s great! Do what works for you because that’s what matters in the end.


Next week, I’ll chat about how I keep my events organized beyond my Google Calendar. Until then, what works for you? Do you think color-coding is useful? If you do, how do you color-code your notes / events?

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