Over the last two years that I’ve been using Erin Condren Planners I’ve used three different methods of checking my school work, and today I really wanted to share them with you. With anything there are infinite different ways to do this, but these are the three that have worked for me and that I’ve found have helped me a lot.
The first way I noted my school word was that every class got a half box on the day that I had that class. This was really helpful and worked when I was only writing down what was due that day, but I found that if I was writing down the readings, quizzes, or anything in detail it wasn’t as useful and it actually became really crowded. What I did really like, though, was that this method had me constantly going to the syllabus and I was more attentive to making sure that the right thing was read for that class. It also looked really nice in my planner and helped me get the overview of everything really easily.
For me I found that this was the most effective way to get a lot of information down, but it didn’t look very good. Every day, at the top of my planner, I had a checklist for my school work. I would have a three heart checklist if I only had one class in a day or a five heart checklist if I had two or more classes in a day. I really liked how much detail I was able to go into, and it was a great system, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I felt like it made my planner look messy and overwhelmed me at the very beginning of each day, even if everything was checked off and I didn’t need to do anything before class that day. I also didn’t like that I was often missing things because I wouldn’t look at the syllabus as often anymore, and that bothered me as well. I think that this only lasted a month or two, and although it was efficient I just didn’t really like it.
Using the Sidebar
I don’t know why the everyday checklists overwhelmed me, but this doesn’t. Every week lately I’ve been putting down as many check lists as I can in my sidebar, and at the top I write all of the assignments that are do and under those all of the readings that I have to do. I actually really like this system and I don’t really know why, but it seems easier than the checklists every day and really does work for me.
If you’re a student how to do you mark your homework and due dates in your planner? Let me know down in the comments!
See you soon,