School is back in session, and soon the homework, quizzes, and activities will be in full effect. Such a busy schedule can be hard to handle if you don’t stay organized. Enter: the planner.

Wait. Why do I need a planner when my smartphone has a calendar?

Glad you asked. Generally, writing down thoughts and ideas helps you retain them better. So, writing down  makes them more likely to be completed. You’re more likely to stick to your commitments and goals when you write them down.

Now, the planner is the gateway to success—if you use it to its potential. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Monthly Overview

The monthly page of your planner is great for checking your schedule at-a-glance. Put all the big stuff on this page—all your tests, project deadlines, and club meetings. You can also mark the days off as they pass, so you know what’s coming up.

Daily Section

The daily slots are ideal for to-do lists. The space under each day is big enough for you to write down tasks you have to complete for that day, like class readings or band practice.

Color Coordination

To keep all your activities and tasks organized, color coordinate your entries. Assign each subject, club, or activity a color and write each entry in that same color. If Algebra is green, only use green for Algebra homework and tests in your planner.

Your planner may take a little work to get organized at first, but once you get everything situated and assigned, you’ll be one step closer to staying organized. Happy planning!

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