Today we will discuss how using a planner can improve your time management. From experience I can tell you that my time management has been poor and it was usually because I was not organized. I am going to share with you several tips that I have used to become better organized and take control of my time.
1. Find the right planner. I have bought and not used many planners. It is important to find a planner that you like and will want to use.
2. Plan to use your planner daily. It takes about 4 weeks to develop a habit so plan on using your planner and carrying it with you daily.
3. Get in the habit of writing due dates in your planner while in class.
4. Use the backward planning method. If you have a paper due on November 2, go back one week and write yourself a reminder that a due date is coming up.
5. Find a system that works for you. Maybe putting a bright neon yellow post-it in your planner 2 days before a test will remind you to study or maybe writing several reminders to write that paper will help you…but find a system that works for you.
6. Put it all in writing. The next UNT football game, an open mic night at a local cafe?? Whatever you plan to do outside of class should be in your planner. This will help you see how your time is being spent and to see how much time you have available.
7. Schedule a reward. Midterms are fast approaching, while you are scheduling time to write that paper or study for an exam, schedule some time after you complete your school tasks to go see a movie with friends or relax with a pedicure.
These tips should help you better manage your time through using a planner. If you are more tech savvy than I am and prefer to use your IPhone or blackberry, these tips can still help you.
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Tell us in the comment section if you use a planner and if you prefer a paper or tech version of a planner.