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Planning for the New Year

HI y'all,
I'm really trying to get back into my planning kick. You see, I was always super organized when it came to school (during Undergrad and before). With real life, I find that I rarely open my planner and then miss things or have to re-organize my day based on that. I don't like using a digital planner/calendar. I often just use them to find out when I have something (like my observations or other school important things) and then transfer it to my Day Designer by Blue Sky. Then, I make the ultimate mistake: I don't open my planner again.



I think this is happening for a few reasons:
I printed out calendars for a few months to lay out my planning/pacing for school. I never wrote these dates down anywhere else, and reference the papers whenever I need to look at the calendar for where I need to be.

I don't have a spot where I leave my planner. I typically just leave it in my school bag all day, which eliminates the purpose!  I'm trying to make a point to use my teacher table (I don't have a desk, just a kidney table where I sit along with a few students). If it's not even out where I can see it, when am I going to use it?

I'm not dedicating time to it like I used to. I used to write things down at the beginning of every semester or whenever the teacher/professor gave the information. I definitely need to get this habit back!

So, to change my planning to make it better than 2018, these are the things I'm doing:

-Color coding. Please excuse my major type A personality here, but color coding is my jam! In my education classes, the professors always made comments about my pens but let me tell you, they are life savers! I know just by looking at the color what the activity/assignment is for.

-Taking time each week to look at my planner on Sundays. This way, I know what is coming up for the week. I have both a weekly and daily view, so I will have to look at both; but at least I know what's coming.

-Not over scheduling myself. I was trying to get a lot done this fall. I was taking a trial class (a trial for myself!) at the local university to see if I liked their program/how the classes were taught before I put myself through the admission process (two classes and a paper). I'm also in the local Junior League and I'm now an adviser for UVA's ADPi chapter! While, I love all of these things, I often over schedule myself for certain weeks. Luckily, I planned strategically, because I knocked out most of my junior league stuff this past fall.

-Schedule every day. I bought a daily-monthly planner on purpose; yet, I am not utilizing the daily function like I should be.


How are y'all planning for this year?
xx,
Lindsey

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