Tips and tricks

4 Quick Tips to Help You Effectively Use a Daily Planner


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Finding the right planner for you can take time. Picture this: After finding the perfect planner at your local stationary store, you stare at the blank pages, unsure of exactly where to start. Today I’ll share tips to help you use those pages!

1) Use a single planner, if possible 

It can be cumbersome to manage both a personal and work planner. Find a planner you can use to record business and personal tasks. This will streamline your tasks, due dates, and appointments. A bonus tip: It is a good idea to consistently check your planner to review the day ahead.

2) Create a list within your planner 

I make lists often. I list each task to be accomplished by the end of the day, and check them off as I complete them. I enjoy the motion of marking a check-mark next to my list during the day. It provides both a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

3) Slow down in order to speed up 

Set aside time each week to plan ahead. Inputing tasks and reminders for the week ahead offers you time to organize thoughts, de-stress, and provides a clear view of what you plan to accomplish. The act of physically writing out your to-dos is an effective tool for cognitive recognition.

4) Use a color-coding system 

My favourite method of colour-coding is using different pens or post-it notes. Use a different colour for each specific task you need to remember. For example, reserve a pink pen for exam dates, a blue pen for reminders, a red pen for appointments, etc.

Do you use a planner? If you do, is it an effective tool to keep you organized? 

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Erin Angela’s Daily Essentials: The Top 4 Items You’ll Find on My Desk Each Day

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My desktop is not always the most organized. During the semester it is piled with textbooks, notes, and reminder Post-Its. There are specific items I use throughout the year – my desk essentials.

LAPTOP

My laptop is a staple object on my desk. I use it throughout the day to edit posts, respond to e-mails and complete research for new posts. My laptop usage increases when a semester is in session. I bought my MacBook Air when I began university.

CALENDAR + PLANNER

I keep both a calendar pad and planner on my desktop. Both pieces of stationary track important dates, assignment deadlines and reminders. As my planner is portable, I take it with me when out of the house.

BLOGGING NOTEBOOK

A teal blue clasped notebook holds all my blog post ideas. I track each date and post topic. I found this notebook at my local Chapters-Indigo. While this notebook sits next to my laptop most of the time, it is small and portable for travelling.

SNACKS/WATER/COFFEE

I stay hydrated with a combination of coffee and water. Both a water bottle and coffee cup remain on my desk while I work. I drink Keurig pods for a quick caffeine boost.

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6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Cleaning Out Your Closet


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Cleaning out your closet can be difficult. I cleaned out mine last week, and I’ll admit, it’s difficult to let go of that sparkly seath dress you wore once but hang onto just in case. Every few months, it’s a good idea to assess the items in your closet. As you scrutinize each item, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Will I wear this again?
  2. Is it still in style?
  3. Does it fit?
  4. Have I worn it in the last 6-12 months?
  5. How do I feel when I wear this?
  6. Would I buy this is I were shopping right now?

If the anwser to any of these questions is no, then its time to say goodbye to those items. 

Are you unsure of how to let go of these items? You have a few options.

Option #1 – Donate 

Most cities have specific organizations that accept gently used clothes. Within Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association offers dropbox locations to leave clothing you wish to donate.

Option #2 – Sell

Apps and websites make it easier than ever to sell clothes you no longer wear. Websites such as Tradsey let you sell clothing by uploading a photo and information about the item. Tradsey then computes the price the item will sell for on the website. 

Option #3 – Swap 

Host a clothing swap with friends and family. This is a fun way of finding new items and saying goodbye to old ones. 

Tips and tricks

10 Tips for Staying Organized in University

10 TIPS FOR STAYING ORGANIZED IN UNIVERSITY

 

Use a single calendar. Colour-coding a single calendar with due dates, extra-cirricular activities and personal dates (i.e. birthdays, social events) ensures all important dates are visible. Writing all due dates for the semester on the first day of lectures is a trick I use to sketch out the semester for myself.

Separate and organize course materials. Whether you track your course work electronically or on paper, keeping related materials together keep them organized.

Get a planner. Planners offer monthly, weekly and/or daily views. Write out important due dates and reminders to keep yourself on-track with the semester.

Label all sets of notes. When the time comes to study for an exam, having notes labelled and dated allows you to locate specific topics.

Tidy up your study space. Place your calendar in clear view to reference due dates for the month. Dedicating specific areas of your desk for study materials allows for access when needed.

Time management is key. This is important whether you take courses online or on campus. Set aside a specific time of day to review daily lecture notes and to plan ahead for the upcoming week. Managing your time allows you to divide your tasks into sections.

Colour code your courses. Using a separate colour scheme for each course keeps material organized and visible.

Maintain self-care. Staying organized is not simple if you are mentally drained. Take time to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. Motivating yourself to stay organized is easier if you have high energy levels.

Start early. Many of us procrastinate. Better work quality results if you begin readings and assignments early. Separating work into manageable chunks may decrease stress levels, especially as due dates approach.

Create a filing system. If you are taking courses with many readings, having file folders for all relevant course readings is helpful when the time comes to study for an exam or write a paper.

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Blogging: Organizing tips 

 

Upon beginning this blog, I realized organization would be crucial. Today, I’m sharing tips I use to keep organized:

  • Use an editorial calendar. An effective way to stay on-track with a blog is to use an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar can help you plan out posts, and which days certain topics will be published. An editorial calendar can be a paper calendar, or even the one on your phone or laptop! I use a paper calendar, but a number of plugins are available for WordPress. (e.g. Google calendar)
  • Blog consistently. Publishing a post on certain days of the week can help you get used to the routine of writing and publishing. I publish posts each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I find it helpful to complete most of my prep work for the week on Sunday nights!
  • Use tags: Using tags in posts organizes relate topics, and can help readers find certain posts. For example I will tag all my Sephora-related posts with the ‘sephora’ tag to categorize them.
  • Keep a notebook nearby. Sometimes I carry a physical notebook with me. Other times I use the Notes app on my phone. But, I always have one. Inspiration for a post can come from anywhere. Having a notebook on hand allows you to jot down notes whenever an idea strikes.

Whether you’ve been maintaining a blog for a while, or are just beginning, I hope these tips help!

 

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