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 :)

Lightspeed Planner Greatness Edition // First Impression

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

A few months back, I did a couple of posts featuring my Lightspeed Planner to show you guys how to stay organized for school and ace your exams!

Today, I wanted to reveal to you the new Lightspeed Planner- The Greatness Edition! The team was kind enough to send me a planner, so I wanted to do a review for you guys.

Physical Features

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First off- I am obsessed with the color. Rose gold? Beautiful.

I also really like the size of it- it’s pretty standard size; not too small, not too big. It has enough room for me to write down everything I need without being too clunky.

It also comes with three bookmarks to keep track of your monthly spreads, goals, or weekly layouts! That feature is definitely one that I take advantage of a lot!

Inside- Pages

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The planner starts with a few pages goal-setting layouts. These are things I refer back to throughout the year to keep track of all of my plans. You want to make sure you are staying on top of your goals and working towards achieving them! The planner makes it super simple with an easy to follow layout.

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The rest of the pages are monthly spreads and weekly spreads- my personal favorite! The monthly spread is a new feature that is not in the first edition of the lightspeed planner, and I think the update was a good one! You can keep track of all of your events for the month, as well as any specific assignments/exams/meetings (for school or work).

They are blank so you can fill them in yourself each month, which I love. If you use the planner for school, you don’t have to fill out a spread for the summer months, and then pick right back up for the next year without losing/wasting pages!

The weekly spreads are also blank, but these are more to track your priorities for each day. At the top of the page, you can list out your top 3 priorities for the day, as well as a time you want to get them all done by. This is similar to the last edition of the planner, but now there is room for more tasks. On one side you get a spot for each task that can also be used as a schedule. Then, there is a blank spot for notes. This can be used as a shopping list, reminders, or just notes about the tasks themselves!

This is super convenient for me. I plan on using this planner for school, so on the left side I will be writing out my classes each day, meetings, work schedule, etc. On the right side is where my homework will go for each class, and the top bar will be for my to-do list each day.

I am so excited to finally start using this planner! I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

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Overall, I am very pleased with the changes to this new planner. It feels as though it was made for me. I will be using this very, very frequently, and will probably buy more for future use! If you want to check out the planner and get one for yourself, be sure to check out the Lightspeed website.

See you soon!

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Clever Fox Planner- Unboxing and Review

Hello loves! Today I have an exciting post- I collabed with Clever Fox to unbox one of their planners for you guys! I got the Pro planner in the color blue, and I am LOVING it.

I have been looking for a bigger sized planner to use for my creative projects for a while, so I was really excited to get my hands on this one. I love that it has three bookmarks so that you can easily find different pages that you are looking for, and I love the stickers it came with. I will definitely be using those a lot.

I also love the front pages where you can create a vision board and outline your goals. It is definitely something that I really like because, again, I am using this mainly for my creative projects. Those pages will be great to track progress and stay on top of my goals.

There is so much room to write everything down, and overall I really love it.

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The one thing that I wish was different is that I don’t like how the monthly spreads are all together at the front, and the weekly spreads are in the back. I wish that those alternated so that you can see the monthly spread right before the weekly ones. However, because it does come with the bookmarks, this is something I could get used to easily.

I would definitely recommend giving this one a try if you are looking for a new planner this year. They have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from, so I’m sure there will be one for you!

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If you want to purchase one yourself, I have 3 10% discount codes, so just leave a comment with your Instagram username and I will message it to you :)

For 2019, I made a schedule for my posts, so they will be up once a week on Tuesdays, so be sure to stop by next week!

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