This semester I have really spread myself thin. I am taking 17 credits of classes, I have a full time job, and I’m a Production Assistant/Deck Chief on one of my school theatre’s fall shows. That is a lot to take on. Luckily, I’m pretty organized.
I started this system the first day of classes this year, and so far I am loving it! While I keep track of everything in my planner and on my assignment schedule, it is really helpful to make my own post-it note calendar to keep on my desk. It makes mapping out my week really easy, and it gives me the chance to satisfyingly throw away a post-it note once a task is complete. (Or even rip it into shreds once it’s done if I really feel like it!)
To me, looking at this form of calendar really helps me to get a grasp on what I need to do by when. It makes me feel like my life isn’t as crazy as it is, which helps a lot.
My desk has a rather big space right below the shelf, that is perfect for this calendar. However, it can go anywhere.
I have a collection of post-it notes in all different shapes and colors. For my calendar I used 5 of the 1/2 inch x 2 inch post-it notes (commonly used to flag and bookmark pages) for each day of the week. I put these 5 post-it notes at the top, separated evenly, with each day of the week labeled on it.
I then took the same color coded method that I use for my planner to color code my normal sized post-it notes. For example, my Acting 1 class is highlighted in orange in my planner and I also use an orange post-it note for this calendar. Yellow corresponds with my Introduction to Christianity class in my planner as well as a yellow post-it note for my calendar. This makes it quick, easy, and consistent.
When I am assigned something to do, or I have something that I need to remember, I write it on a post-it note and stick it next to the date that it is due.
Once an assignment is complete, I take the post-it note off. That way I can easily check the day and see if I have anything left to do that’s due then.
I have some classes that have recurring due dates. For example, for my Intro to Christianity class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I have reading and a response due.
To limit wasting post-it notes for the same assignment over and over again, once I’m done with the assignment I just move the post-it note to the side of my desk. That way it is out of sight, which tells me it is complete, and then once the week is over I can move it back under the due date.
I also do this with rehearsal schedules that repeat by week and weekly club meetings.
After I created my calendar, my roommate saw how much it put me at ease with my crazy schedule and she decided to implement it as well, just slightly differently.
First, she cut out thin strips of paper and puts the vertically (versus my horizontal post-it notes) with the days of the week on them. She prefers to see her days split up, while I like to see mine flow together.
She doesn’t color code her assignment by class like I do, she simply uses one pad of yellow post-it notes to mark her assignments. Her method works very well for her, and mine works for me!
Would you consider using this?
What do you do to organize your week? Let me know in the comments below!