I’ve used planners to keep my schedule organized ever since middle school, and I don’t plan on switching up my method any time soon.
I did, however, buy a new planner a few weeks ago that is not connected in any way to school, which is where I have bought all my previous planners.
In college, I would go to the school bookstore at the start of every year and buy the $6 Simpson College-branded planner the store always sold. I recorded everything on those four little booklets: assignment and project deadlines, test dates, my work-study schedule and any other activities I had going on.
Those planners kept me organized and let me know exactly what I needed to be doing each day. All I needed to do was make sure my less-than-neat handwriting made sense to me days or weeks after I jotted something down.
The planner I bought from the Simpson bookstore my senior year had entries through the end of August, which meant I kept using it after I began working at Iowa Information Publishers and Printers in Sheldon.
When I noticed the last week of entries was approaching, I did a quick search online for a fresh planner and had it delivered before the end of August arrived.
I’ve quickly become used to my new planner two weeks into September. I especially appreciate how it has a built-in pen holder and thumb tabs to quickly locate each month.
I'm sure the planner will serve me well until its entries eventually run out next summer.