Happy first of November! What better way to start to month than by planning whatever it is that you need to get planned! Today, I’d like to share with you a free printable of a monthly planner, which I use to plan my schoolwork. To start with the most important thing, you’ll find the printable here (thanks Megan for the tip!). The good thing is that it doesn’t include dates, so you can use it in 2016 as well (and in 2017 and in ’18 and ’19 and…). Anyhow, what I usually do is the following (of course, this is different for everyone):
- Write down all fixed dates (classes, lectures, deadlines, etc.)
Since I don’t have that many classes anymore, this part consists mostly of writing down deadlines haha. I mark classes/lectures with a different color than deadlines, ‘cause deadlines are more important and need to be treated separately.
- Plan class/lecture preparations
For me, this is mostly about planning reading material, but you can also think of typing your notes after class or memorizing words/grammar (in case you’re learning a language). I mark all preparations for a single course in the same color, so I know in one glance when I’ll be working on what course.
- Plan working on deadlines
This is the most important thing for my studies, which evolves around doing research and writing papers (and starting IN TIME). When I plan far ahead, I just write down on particular days that I need to work on a particular paper. During the month, I specify what it is exactly that I need to do. Think of reading an article, writing 500 words, collect images, organise footnotes/bibliography, stuff like that. I usually don’t write down this specification on my planner, but I use an app for that (where I combine all tasks that need to be done on a weekly basis). I’ll write a post about that one in the near future.
Anyhow, I’ve used this planner in September and October and I just finished my November planning. Even though I’m not using it on a daily basis, it really helps me to get a grip on everything that needs to be done. Especially with regards to the tasks that span a long period of time (the start-in-time tasks). It has become a habit to look at this planner every Sunday and transfer the tasks of the week ahead in the app I just mentioned. This way, there’s no chance I’m starting too late with large projects. The only disadvantage I can think of is in the layout of the planner: It makes Sunday the “first day of the week” (being placed left on the planner). However for me, Monday is really the beginning of a new week, so that needs a little bit of getting-used-to.
That being said, I hope this post will boost your motivation and productivity and make you start with long-term-projects just NOW. Wouldn’t it be a nice thing to start planning blogposts with this planner? #justsaying
Nothing better than a crisp white and clean page to start a new month with! Happy November!