How I Use My Planner in College

Happy Tuesday, folks! Today, I thought I would talk to you about using a planner in college. I know that there are probably a million and one posts already out there about planners, but I thought I’d share another one with you anyway. I’ve spent probably the first few months before school started up, trying to figure out how to best use a planner in college. I’ve always been terrible about it. But this year, I’ve found that keeping a planner handy is really, really important to keep yourself organized and on task.

Here is how I use my planner in college:

I Use My Planner in College

I Use:

– the 365 Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas
– stickers from Hobby Lobby + Michaels, MAMBI Planner Sticker Books
– washi tape from Target, Hobby Lobby, + Michaels
– thin point sharpie / black ink pen


The spreads start out looking like this:

I Use My Planner In College

I personally like to decorate my planners, mostly because it is therapeutic and makes me more excited to use it. The first go around in decorating (I decorate a weekly spread twice –– once a week beforehand, and a second time a few days before hand) usually ends up looking something like this:

I Use My Planner In College

I use the sticky notes to write down things for the week that come up. The sticky notes are pretty much just so I can put the events/assignments in after class a lot nicer than if I just jotted them down really quickly.

As the week goes on, I end up adding more and more until it starts to look pretty full. I even use my planner to journal, because it’s easier for me to keep track of doing both in one book rather than two. (I just don’t have the time for that right now.)

How I Organize:

The Happy Planner has a lot of different sections on a weekly spread. I don’t really use them how they’re meant to be used.

In the sidebar, I put my to-do list. This is just the random things I need/want to get done over the week (not school related). It usually looks something like: watch x-factor, do laundry, and clean room. I have the worst time ever checking any of these things off, if I’m honest, but it’s nice to have the reminder anyway.

Underneath that, still on the sidebar, I have another to-do list, but for blog related items. This changes every week, but it’s usually about brainstorming post ideas, posting, and spending time investing in other bloggers/my social media.

The individual days are broken up into three sections: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. I don’t use them like that, though.

In the Morning section, I put assignments that are due that day. This is usually just full on Tuesdays / Thursdays because my MWF classes are really laid back this semester.

In the Afternoon section, I put any reading/homework that I need to start working on. This helps me keep track of times I should be studying, and times I should be reading.

The Evening section is all for personal/blog related things. I use this to keep track of how much water I drink, any blog posts that need to be published, and any other miscellaneous things I need to get done throughout my day. This is probably the section that I use the least of.

I use the MAMBI Notepads as a bookmark and also to keep track of all the homework I need to get done overall that week. It helps me see exactly what I need to get done so that I can better plan out when would be the best time to do it.

By the end of the week, my planner would look something like this:

I Use My Planner in CollegeI Use My Planner In College

I find that this system really works for me, and it’s really fun to do. (And the looks my classmates give me when I pull it out are always hilarious.)

What planner do you use, if you use one? Do you decorate it? Do you have any tips on how I can better improve my system? Let me know in the comments.

All the love,
Shi xx

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  • I’m the type of human being who lives like if something isn’t written down it doesn’t exist. This post is GREAT. Found your blog via Bloggish. Glad I did! 🙂

    Chels //


      I’m so glad you liked it! I am the same way–it is so useful to write everything down!

      Shiloh 🙂