I believe that there’s an art in preparing for a new semester.
Ok, maybe saying that it’s an art is a bit over dramatic… but there’s definitely something to be said about how the preparation in the first couple weeks of a semester can help make or break your organization. I have previously shared my tips for preparing for a new semester of classes, as well as the different ways that I organize my assignments using an assignment schedule, day planners, post-it note calendar, and more.
However, this semester it was a little different. As I sat down with my syllabus’ (syllabi?) to create my assignment schedule, I found myself craving a new form of organization. Through my day planners and Google Calendar, I have gotten so used to seeing things scheduled out in a calendar form, it felt strange laying out my assignment schedule in a list form instead.
So, I created the assignment calendar. This is kind of like the assignment schedule version 2.0, new and improved. It works like a charm.
Of course, I use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet for this. What a surprise, right? I love spreadsheets.
I made this spreadsheet look like a calendar, so that I could organize my assignments into specific days. Days in which I don’t have school are greyed out, my spring break is highlighted in blue, and I deleted the weekend days because this semester I don’t have any classes with any assignments due on the weekends.
Don’t want to go through the process of making your own? I have a template you can download below!
After creating this spreadsheet, with a box for each day of the semester, I sat down with my class syllabus’ and started to input my assignments. I have synesthesia so color coding is my best friend. I use the same color code for my classes throughout my Google Calendars and my planners, so it only makes sense for me to extend this to my assignment schedule.
I inputted the assignments on the days which they are due. This was so that if I wake up on Tuesday morning panicking that I didn’t do any homework last night, I can take a look at the day on my assignment calendar to see what is due that day.
After the spreadsheet was completed, I printed it out and hung it right next to my desk. I also keep a copy saved on the desktop of my computer so that I can access it when I’m not at my desk as well.
As each day passes by, I cross off the day so that I can still see it if need be but I know that it has passed.
This calendar has been so helpful in helping me keep track of all school assignments without having to reference every single syllabus each day.
Want to try the assignment calendar for yourself, without the hassle of making a spreadsheet?
This template has months February 2016 – May 2016 on it, and is super easy to copy/paste if you need to add more months or days for your specific semester.
If you like it, let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll continue to offer these for future semesters!
What’s your #1 trick to stay on top of school assignments?