Why You Need A Planner In College

In college, there’s too much at stake to try to keep track of everything in your head. From course assignments to project deadlines, work schedules to lab hours, you can’t rely on mere memory alone — or you’ll end up missing something. That’s exactly why you need a planner.

Using a planner to organize your life offers many benefits. Here are a few:

  1. Better time management. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, but the reason some people can accomplish much more in those hours is because of thorough planning. A planner helps you to manage your time better. When mapping out your hours and days, you can schedule all the tasks you need to accomplish and then follow your schedule to make sure everything gets done.
  2. Clearer focus. It’s hard to give your full attention to anything when a big chunk of your mind is dedicated to keeping track of day-to-day tasks. A planner frees you to focus. Pencil in classes, assignment deadlines, meetings, etc., and then reference your planner to know where you’re supposed to be, and when.
  3. A sense of accomplishment. Ask anyone who loves a good to-do list — it’s satisfying to get tasks done. By recording everything you need to do in your planner, you enjoy the pleasure of marking off items and feeling a sense of accomplishment.
  4. Improved organization. The whole point of a planner is to organize your life. Instead of juggling information in multiple places, from notes on your phone to requests in your inbox, you have a one-stop resource. This streamlines your task lists and adds efficiency to your daily work.
  5. Reduced stress. Last but not least, a planner relieves the stress of trying to remember everything yourself. The more organized you become, the less stressed you are, because you know what’s due and where you need to be each day. No need to worry that something’s falling through the cracks because you’ve planned and written it down.

The fact is, whether you’re a freshman or soon-to-be graduate, you can always benefit from getting organized in college. Incorporate a planner into your routine to stay on track and get tasks done — and reap the benefits!