I’ve had an agenda since my school gave every student one in the fourth grade, but I didn’t really start using one to help me stay organized until I reached junior high. I remember in sixth grade I would still be forgetting to bring my homework home even though my teacher made sure we wrote our homework in our agendas.
In junior high I got a little better, but all I really cared about was how cute my agenda was. The biggest improvement organization-wise was that I made a separate column of all of the books I needed to bring home each night. I never forgot my homework again!
Now, I plan my whole life in there! I use the calendar to map out dates that I have tests, club meetings, and other fun plans. Then I usually fill in homework assignments and block out study time in the weekly pages. Once I finish a task I go through and highlight it off my list, I love the sense of satisfaction after finishing something… and highlighter looks way nicer! I also try to block out my days in the Lilly pages below! Then I can plan my day by the hour (and cross it out once it’s done of course!). I found these pages a year ago at the Paperstore and I think they’re just as valuable as the agenda itself.
Another thing I love to help me stay on track is this DIY picture frame turned whiteboard. I put in two pictures of my friends and then I put in two pieces of scrapbook paper I found at Michaels. I call it my To Do/Tomorrow frame. I use a dry erase marker to write my To Do list on one frame and then I write out everything I need to get done the next day. This helps me when it’s 11pm and I need to see if I can push an assignment off until tomorrow or when it’s 7pm and I try to get a head start on tomorrow’s list.
My last way to stay organized is through sticky notes! They are my favorite, so much so that my friends and family usually get me some for my birthday. I mainly use them as a way to remind myself to pick something up or to stop and get something in between classes. Look at these cute ones my best friend got me this year! She knows me too well!