How To REALLY Use Your Planner

How To REALLY Use Your Planner- sincerelykenz

For all of my fellow college students out there, you are probably aware that next semester is almost here. If you weren’t so sure of this, I advise you to check out your college’s calendar ASAP… lol.


No but really, all jokes aside, another semester is almost here! One of the only ways I make it out of semesters alive is because of my planner.


I don’t know what I would do without it, I write down every aspect of  each assignment, exam, or project that my professors give in my planner. On top of all that, I also write down what I need to get done each day that doesn’t necessarily pertain to school work.


Here are my top tips and tricks on how to utilize your planner to the fullest:

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Use Your Syllabi!

Syllabus week isn’t only for partying and lounging around. Actually use the syllabi that you receive! The first thing I do after I get a syllabus for a class is write down every major assignment, due date, and exam date that will be taking place during the class in my planner. Remember to write this in pencil though, because things can always change!


Remember That Your Planner Isn’t Only For School

I use my planner for much more than just my school work. Make sure to leave a little bit of room in the given space for each day to write personal goals as well as non school related things that need to get done. I usually write down things that have to do with my blog, when to call home, etc.

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The Power Of The Post-It

I am an avid Post-It user. I love Post-Its because they allow you to write down things that aren’t set in stone. I usually jot down blog post ideas on Post-Its, this way I can move them around when ever I need to. I use the mini Post-Its, because the regular sized ones take up too much space.


Make A Habit Of Looking At Your Planner Daily

I bring my planner with me everywhere, because you never know when you’ll need to jot something down- am I right?! It’s important to at least look at your planner once a day, or there really wouldn’t be any point in keeping a planner in the first place.


The Planner Itself

I got a Kate Spade planner this year and I absolutely love it. I switched over to this from the Lilly Pulitzer one that I had last year because I felt that it had less going on and was much more classy. I think the style of your planner can do a lot for the amount of use that you’ll get out of it. After all, who wants to use an ugly planner?


Here are some of my favorite planners:


I hope you all have a successful next semester at college! Wishing you all of the best, happy planning 🙂

  • What great advice! I’ve been trying to find a better way to use my planner than just including school assignments and trying to make it a relevant daily tool!

    Gwynn | The Traveling Curl

  • Rob Dudley

    Great post my my queen love you xoxo 🙂 <3

  • Ashley Vickney

    I love this! I used my planner CONSTANTLY in college and still use it today! The syllabi tip is my #1 for new college students! Also, post it notes save my life I swear!

    Awesome post!

  • Love!
    My planner is a big part of my life and I think it always will be.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • I love Kate Spade planners. A cute planner definitely makes me more likely to actually use it! I just started using my planner to plan out my editorial content calendar for my blog for the month.

  • May

    My planner goes with me everywhere too! I use a huge Day Designer for Target and I swear it’s such a lifesaver.

  • Merisa Ferrell

    My planner was practically an extension of myself in college, I carried it everywhere! I definitely need to get back into using it frequently. It can only help. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • I’ve been a huge planner user since 6th grade. it’s just the perfect way to keep you organized. I think one tip I really need to remember is checking it daily. Sometimes I can write it down then completely forget to check.

    • yes it is such an easy way to keep yourself on track, I am constantly checking my planner to make sure that I don’t forget to do anything on my list haha

  • My post today is all about planners too!! I agree that planners aren’t just for school. I am 5 years into post-grad life and still use mine on a daily basis

    How 2 Wear It []

  • Sierra Bailey

    Such an awesome post, and I agree wholeheartedly. I couldn’t survive college without my little planner friend. Take today for example– it’s only the second day of the semester, but my “to do” list is a mile long already! There’s no way I would be able to keep track of it without a place to organize my schedule, and the post-it notes certainly make it easier.

    • omg, my “to do” lists are never ending at school! I would forget literally everything I needed to get done if it werent for my planner

  • Sydney S

    I LOVE post its too, they make me feel even more organized!
    xo, Syd

  • Molly O’Connor

    Amen! I love post-its! They make everything more colorful too 😉

  • This is such a helpful post! I like to use erasable pens in my planner. I get so stressed out about having to mark through things, and they keep it all nice and tidy. Have a wonderful semester 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Great tips! I love my planner. I prefer an old school planner to my phone or an app. I have to write everything down or I will forget.

  • Great tips! It’s definitely good to make a habit out of bringing your planner everywhere. Doing so causes me to use it indefinitely. And I have a Kate Spade one too!

    xo Alexis

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    I love the part about adding the syllabus. I did that when I was in college and it was such a great jumping off point!

    Sara Kate Styling

  • Rakel
  • I’m the worst about actually using a planner. I use it for a week or two and then forget I even bought it!


    Sugar & Something

  • I love the idea of a planner, but I suck at actually using it. I bought one for the year and I really think I mat stick to it! I really want to!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • I love this! I am a planner freak and love finding new ways to organize my planner

  • My planner is my life if I ever lost it I would be so done!! ahah I use mine so much!! great post!