How I Stay Organize & Plan For School!

New school year = new organization post!

You guys know me and how much I love my organization. Every year, I tweak my system just a bit, but this year, I think I’ve really nailed it.

Last week, I shared my note-taking system for school, and now I’m here to tell you how I stay organized!

Since January, I have been using a bullet journal to keep track of my work life (meaning blog posts, Instagram content, reading, etc.). However, I decided that at the end of this month, I will stop using it. It is just becoming too much work for me, and I actually much prefer having a layout already made for me.

That being said, I’m super picky about what types of planners I use. I look for very specific layouts in the planners I buy.

So, today I’m going to share with you what planners and other accessories I will be using to stay organized this year!

For School/Professional Life:

Day Designer Planner in collaboration with Target: I have been using this planner since my freshman year of college (so this is now my third year using it), and I will never ever go back to anything else.

Unfortunately, the exact planner that I use can only be found at Target because it’s a special edition that they make for the store each year.

What I love about it so much is that it it gives you an entire page for each day, and you get a to-do list PLUS a schedule, too! I like writing out what classes I have at what time, otherwise I’m afraid I might forget about one. This also allows me to put in my work schedule, club meetings, professor’s office hours that I want to attend, study sessions, anything!

But on the to-do list side, I can write down what assignments I have due for each class. It has truly been life-changing to have a planner like this for school.

File Folder/Organizer: This is essential to me for staying organized at school. I typically carry one folder with me to my classes to hold any papers I get that day, as well as any assignments I need to hand in. Then, I separate those papers into my file folder when I get home! This way, each class is separated and I can easily find what I’m looking for when it comes to studying for midterms or finals. I highly recommend getting one!

For Personal/Blogging Life:

Lightspeed Planner Greatness Edition: This planner was sent to me last year (and you can check out my in-depth review here), and I planned on using it right when I got it. However, I was using a few too many other planners at the time already, so I just left this one untouched. Then, when I was cleaning out my drawers a few weeks ago, I found it again and knew I wanted to start using it.

It’s pretty similar in terms of features to my school planner, but what’s nice about it is it’s undated! That means if one month I decide I don’t want to use it, I can pick it back up the next month with no wasted pages!

In this one, you get a page for each day, too. At the top, you can list out your top 3 priorities, as well as the time you want to do them (or get them done by). Then, you get a to do list, and if you want, you can order this by time. There’s also a section for notes, which I love (because I use it to write shopping lists, meal plans, and other things). At the bottom, you can even rate your day from a scale of 1-10!

The reason I realized I wanted to switch over to this from my bullet journal is because it’s basically the same layout I was using in my bullet journal, only now I don’t have to do any extra work!

This planner is no longer being sold, at least from what I’ve found. I guess the company is no longer in business. However, one planner that I think is very similar to this one (and that I plan on buying for 2021), is the passion planner! So if you are looking for something similar to what I’m using, I recommend checking out their daily undated planner! Or, if you want a weekly layout version, they have options for that as well!

Notion: Finally, the last “item” I use to stay organized is the app Notion! You can get this for your laptop or as an app on your phone (or both, like I use). It’s basically an all-in-one planning, note-taking, to-do list making program, and it is PHENOMENAL.

There are tons of YouTube videos out there that go in-depth on all of the features of this program, so I definitely recommend checking those out. They will do a much better job of explaining it than I will. I really like the template that Thomas Frank created, so I recommend checking it out and possibly adapting it to fit your needs, like I did!

In short, I have one workspace on there that I separated into a few separate folders- life, school, blog, and internship. From there, I have created separate pages for each of these—and you can basically do whatever you want in here!

For my ‘blog’ category, I created a page where I have a calendar with all of my posts. I also have a page that’s just for post ideas. In my ‘life’ section, I have grocery lists, my 5 year plan, and my workout routine!

Basically, Notion is my go-to place to store all of my thoughts in an organized way. I really, really love it!

That is it for how I stay organized during the school year! I will admit, I used to be someone who had, like, seven planners at once. Now, I think simple is better. This is what works for me, at least!

I would love to know any ways that you like to stay organized, whether it’s for school, blogging, your career, or just daily life! Tell me about your systems in the comments :)

14 thoughts on “How I Stay Organize & Plan For School!

  1. Aw I love reading these types of posts, they make me want to drop everything and go organize my entire life!! I LOVE the Target planners, I used to think I needed an Erin Condren or Day Designer one because ~everyone~ had one, but I’ve settled for just buying whatever I like best! They just did a partnership with Libby Vander Ploeg and oh my gosh, I’m so in love. Definitely gonna check out Passion Planners though, I love the hard cover look!! Loved this post ♥

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    1. Yess I love posts like this, too! I definitely used to fall under the hype of Erin Condren & other planners, too, but now I stick to what works best for me :) Ooo I definitely have to check out that collab! Thanks so much 🥰

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  2. Okay so I’m a sucker for organization. It’s basically the only thing that kept me alive during quarantine and the one of yhe only things I’m actually excited about for the beginning of the school year. So this post was heaven.

    I’m surely going to check out Notion. It seems so cool. For staying organized overall I use my bullet journal but I agree with you that is a lot of work. I have barely used it in the last two months but once school starts I think I’m going to need it.
    Amyways, amazing post!🧡

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  3. Ooh I love reading these types of posts! So interesting to see how others plan. I currently use a planner (the one by Amanda Rach Lee so it’s perfect for me as it’s laid out exactly like I used to lay out my bujo) but I think next year I might actually go back to a bujo. I’m not sure because even though it is a lot of work I do miss setting up my spreads?!

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    1. Ah I’m so glad you enjoyed :) I love seeing how others plan, too! I’ve definitely looked into her planner but it’s not really in my budget right now 😭 It’s gorgeous, though! I definitely go back & forth between using a bujo and a premade planner, so I understand that !!

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  4. Thank you so so much for sharing this! Your planners are certainly very helpful! I’m personally trying to start a bullet journal but I am not sure I’ll stick to it so we’ll see about it. Notion is sooo good! I’ve been using it since Thomas Frank and Ali Abdaal made videos about it and it is fantastic. I just need to organize it a bit before school starts. Anyway, great post!

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