Are you a busy person? Are you feeling a little lost trying to keep track of all of your assignments? Would you rather plan things out week-by-week instead of day-by-day? Maybe you should try using a notebook!
Listen, life gets really busy sometimes. As a Music Education major, I completely understand - I’m in over two music RSOs, the Marching Illini, and I’ve had to overload on credit hours for 2 of the past 4 semesters! How have I kept track of everything? Well, my sophomore year I got a handy little notebook and I’ve been perfecting the art of planning out my week in it for a full year now. Here’s a step-by-step guide of how I plan out my week:
1. The Notebook
The most important part is finding a good notebook. I recommend one that has a little ribbon bookmark and a place to hold a pencil or a pen built-in; but really, as long as it’s got paper it’ll do you just fine. I got mine off of Amazon, and it’s wonderful for what I use it for.
2. Date and Weekly Class Schedule
I begin by writing the dates of the week at the top of the paper. Then, in the top left I write down each of my classes and the days of the week that they meet - typically any assignments going to be due on the day that the class meets, but for special circumstances, I write what day an assignment is due next to the class’s heading or in the weekly to-do list section.
3. To-Do for RSOs or any other notable extracurricular activities
As you can see, I also include a section in the top right for any important extracurricular activities that I find need my attention for the week. I’m the president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, so I always include a section for PMA to-dos.
4. Weekly To-Dos and any other miscellaneous notes
The best part of this list is how condensed the important information is. This leaves so much wide open space at the bottom for any miscellaneous notes you might have. Here you could put a to-do list, a grocery list, inspirational quotes or words of affirmation, or doodle during class… the possibilities are endless!
Do you find this method helpful? Would you do anything differently? Drop a comment and let us know what you think!