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Using a Planner

October 2nd, 2013 by ebeck722

By: Shannon '15

Without my planner, I would be completely and utterly lost, disorganized, terrified!  It is my wingman, my other half, my lifeline.  A planner comes in all different shapes and sizes.  It can be used for scheduling appointments; making to-do lists, keeping track of dates, and so much more. Some people might think that having a planner is a hassle and that it is extra work, but what they do not know is that it can keep your whole life on track!

I have had a planner for as long as I can remember. When I was in middle school, every year on the first day of school we were given a planner. It would be waiting on our desks for us when we walked into our classroom for the first time. It was mandatory that every student use one, and when we were really young, we had to have our parents sign it every day to show our teacher that we were writing down our assignments. Because of that, I have been trained to use a planner and I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have one. It would be total chaos!

A planner is more than a book with a few calendars in it. Most planners come with pages to write down important contact information in case you lose it, lists of special dates, different ways to write out your schedule, full blank pages for any notes that you might have, and even a few maps of the world and the United States. A planner can be seen as your life all in one book.  I use a planner that comes with all of those great extras and a full month calendar at the beginning of each month. There is also a page for each week in the month with the days of the week and multiple lines that can be used to write down information important for any given day.  Obligations or commitments that recur weekly can be written down for each month.  Additionally, any new appointments, tests, or events are recorded in my planner.  

Once I have completed a task or assignment, I draw a nice, straight line right through it to show that I have completed it.  It is a satisfying feeling when I get to see the lines, because I know that I got my work done and I did not forget anything. I also use the contact pages to write down contact information.  Using the calendar keeps me on top of when the next long weekend is coming up – VERY important information!  I have even used the maps a time or two to study for a test.

Planners can be used for everything, not just school assignments.  By using a planner for both school and out of school obligations, you can efficiently keep track of your day-to-day activities; avoid scheduling conflicts and confusion about your plan for the day. This way you always know you have time to do schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and even to relax.

A planner is an invaluable resource when planning ahead.  It is a resource for managing your life.  A planner tracks your current and future obligations and commitments (assignments, exams, co-curricular activities, important events, etc.)   When you complete a task and cross it off, you know you did it. By using a planner and writing everything down, it is almost guaranteed that you will never forget to do an assignment or miss any appointments or meetings. This will make you feel better about yourself and your schoolwork, which will help you earn good grades and have a really positive experience at Roger Williams.

Everyone should use a planner, especially freshmen. Entering college for the first time, you have many obligations and responsibilities being thrown at you.  You don’t have a consistent schedule like you did in high school.  Things are different every day.  A planner will help you stay on top of this new schedule.   Crossing off what has been completed can give you a sense of control and accomplishment. I think having a planner is essential for the success of every college student.  Take advantage of what a planner can do for you.  You can purchase a planner at the University Book Store.