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Searching for Planner Peace

October 14, 2015

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If you’ve followed my Instagram–or even my goals and organization posts–you’ll know how long I’ve been searching for my unicorn planner. From binders and printables to real pleather organizers and even planner apps, I’ve tried a lot of different things in my quest for planner peace.

There’s no point in hoarding all these old printables for myself, but maybe other people can get some use out of them! Keep reading to take a look at my process for finding planner peace, grab some FREE planner printables I have to share with you, and check out my new Etsy store, Little Orphan Plannie!

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25 Organization and Productivity Apps for Students

September 17, 2015

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A new semester brings a new schedule to get used to, which means shuffling things around to fit in blogging and writing time. I was trying to stick to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday (or some combination of those days) posting schedule for OSG, but based on my courseload this semester, that doesn’t seem realistic. I’m tenatively committing to Monday-Thursday, hence the post today!

Four weeks in (!) and I’m still getting my footing on this semester. When do I have time to work? To write? To blog?

That’s where my planner comes in! I’d made a planner last semester that I thought covered everything I needed. Then I joined some planner communities and started eyeing the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Now I don’t know what I need! Finding Planner Peace is one of many steps I’m taking to be more focused and organized this semester, which is something that’s repeatedly on my semester resolutions lists.

Since I always have my phone or iPad on me, I use a lot of apps. So here are 25 organization and productivity apps that I think are super helpful for students.

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Meal Planning for Commuter Students

March 24, 2015

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So I mentioned before that the semester is keeping me pretty busy. I pull 14-hour days during the week, and I usually work through the weekend too. Keeping my schedule straight is a struggle, but I’m managing thanks to my planner. I included a meal section in it because I wanted to use it to get me in the habit of meal-planning.

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Free! College Assignment Sheet Template

February 12, 2015

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Last month I shared my new planner, which is part of a larger accountability binder system that I use to keep track of things I need to work on and places I need to be.

One of the pages was my assignment and project sheet where I wanted to keep all of due dates. I have pretty small handwriting so I crammed in two 40-line tables on the page: one for classwork and one for writing projects.

I greatly underestimated how many things I would have due this semester. Not counting the surprise projects that have sprung up since the semester started (thanks a lot, j-school), I have over 150 items in my class assignment list.

By comparison, I have about 10 anthology deadlines listed in my project sheet for the entire year.

I obviously need something a little more heavy duty for tracking classwork.

Inspired by this post on Organized Charm, I made a Google Sheet specifically for class assignments.

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Free! Student Planner Printable

January 13, 2015

I am a hoarder. This is not really a secret. I do a pretty good job managing it these days, but I am constantly plagued by the thought of but what if I need this? whenever I’m shopping, walking out the door with a small purse, or throwing things away.

Naturally, I carry everything I could possibly need in my backpack. Notebooks, textbooks, headphones, my iPad and keyboard, pencil cases, snacks, knitting projects. I’m prepared for every activity I would want to partake in while on campus.

Being hoarder-prepared, however, means carrying too much stuff.

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