notebook planner.

DSC_00301I knew that freshman year in high school required actual organization skills. And that means *planner!* I had fun looking around, looking at other people’s planner styles and varieties, and I found one that fits me.

I used a Moleskine lined notebook that I got in a two-pack at Barnes and Noble. LOVE these. They have enough pages that I can fit the whole school year in if I use half a page for every school day. These notebooks are also nice in quality. There are some pens that write like a dream on these pages, let me know if you’d like to see a post on that. 🙂

There are a bunch of planner “techniques” out there. From the chronodex to bullet journaling to project breakdowns like this one. However,  I didn’t need an hour-by-hour breakdown of my day. I just needed a place for deadlines and assignments. That’s why this technique (kind of like the bullet journaling) is the answer.

DSC_00421At the top, I have the date, and the events/deadlines for the day. A few lines down is the start of my task list. Some days it almost filled the column, and others requires some embellishment to fill that empty space. The last two or three lines are where I record my outfits. I started recording them because I wanted to make the most of all the clothes I have. I have a good amount of clothes that I wear all the time and I wanted to remind myself to “not wear that gray tee five times a week.” And, I get to look through and see all the outfits I’ve ever worn and how my style has changed.

This system has worked out for me great this year. It’s not any hassle to write down my tasks, which means I’m more likely to actually write them down!

Tell me in the comments what type of planner and any tips you have as well. 

ways to use your planner: chronodex

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It’s February which means we’ve passed over the first month of the year. You know what this also means? That planner you got at the beginning of this año has been used for a whole month! Now, if you haven’t yet found the perfect way of using your planner, this series is for you! Let’s start off this week with the Chronodex or hyperdex.

On the left side is the classic to-do list format I typically use. On the right is the chronodex. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a clock. Every section can be colored to represent what you plan on doing. the sections start on the inside and spiral out. For me, I did 6 am to  12 pm. Green is school; blue is homework; pink is family time; and orange is computer time. On the day it’s actually for, Monday January 6th, I didn’t follow the schedule at all! haha oh well. But for the rest of the week, I tried to stick the schedule, and by the end of the week, I was on time!

Overall. I think it’s great if you have different places to go but for me, my routine stays the same all week so it would be kinda redundant to draw the same thing everyday. 🙂 Check back here tomorrow for another planning…technique? I don’t know what to call it.