My husband didn’t use any sort of calendar, planner, agenda, etc. at all during his time at university. How he managed that, search me…
All truth be told, I didn’t even have a planner until around my junior year of university. But as I got more involved on campus, my brain suddenly lost its capacity to keep track of events, homework, meetings, classes, and more, so I found myself in need of a planner.
And just to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping a planner, nor is it always necessary. It’s not a sign of weakness by any means, and, for me, it helps relieve a lot of nerves and keeps me from panicking in the middle of the night about an event I may have missed.
As I am always interested to see how other people keep their lives organized, I thought I would share how I make sure I don’t miss an event or overbook myself.
Here’s how I keep track of my events:
– Google Calendar
Though it took me a long time to adopt, I find that Google Calendar is really convenient, especially because it’s synced to my iPhone’s calendar application.
– Physical Planner / Weekly & Monthly Agenda
The best way for me to be sure I remember something is to write it down. Filling in my Google Calendar is a good way for me to know what’s happening if my planner isn’t handy, but I always find I remember my schedule a lot easier if I write it down.
I currently have a Sugar Paper brand of planner, purchased at Target. In the past, my favorite planners have been from Blue Sky, also purchased at Target. However, when I went planner shopping this year, no Blue Sky planners were available, but my current planner works just fine.
This planner was thicker than I usually like my planners because of the large “Notes” section in the back. However, I have made it work by removing months as time goes on.
For the monthly section of my planner, I will usually assign repeated events (jobs, square dance lessons, Delta Zeta events, etc.) a shorthand code–such as “UL” for my work at the University Library–so I don’t have to keep writing a long phrase over and over.
For the weekly part of my planner, I usually try to add any extra details, such as locations, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. Also, at the beginning of the school year, I will write down all test and homework due dates in the planner and update them as needed.
– Mounted Wall Calendar
The calendar on my wall is laid out the same as in the monthly planner, but I like to keep it whether or not I write in it because it’s always good for an at-a-glance check during a phone call or when drafting an email.
And that’s how I try and keep my events organized. At some point, I’ll write about how I keep track of my homework assignments.
Next week, I’ll chat about a bag I take with me nearly everywhere, but until then, let me know what you think of my event-organizing system and what you do to keep track of your events!