Category Archives: Spring Semester ’16

Scheduling at a Glance

So, I am a person who uses an electronic calendar like Google Calendar as well as a paper one.  I have tried out several different planners—and none quite fit what I needed.  This is why I have managed to take the time to combine elements from many different planners and smash them into a single planner. Cat calendar preview

I created a horizontal planner all of last year as well as through the fall, only to find that it
didn’t quite give me the strict organization space that I was looking for.  I spent a semester without a Spiraldex/Chronodex/Doubledex in the horizontal form.  It was basically a block of lines with a date.  All well and good when you have no need for specific organization.  It basically turns into words on a page.  It bored me.  So, I added different time indexes to my planner, and found that it was a start.  Each has their strengths and weaknesses.

The Spiraldex was the first one I tried.  I like the spiral pattern (what can I say, I am a 1254bd6f6522e7fe938c7cba8c378f91sucker for Fibonacci Sequences).  It was very simplistic, and it allowed me to mark off times in colors to eyeball what my true schedule would be like with only a glance, rather than having to sift through what I had written down.  My classes are all given specific colors, every other thing is also giveunnamedn specific colors.  This is good if you have linear progressions during the day.

The Doubledex is good if you have multiple areas to look at during the day such as work and home—or if you have to keep track of a couple of people’s schedules.  It is good for the multitasker.  It basically is a two tiered wheel.  You can either use the twelve sections as a whole, or use them for A.M. and P.M. in each level.
The standard Chronodex tends to be used in a linear fashion.  It has 3d9a22fa02ad5411afa3493cc0e5b54bdifferent sections with different heights of varying importance.  Usually the inner circle takes the early morning sections.  Not many people are extremely active in the hours between five and eight in the morning.

Really, it all comes down to preference.  Some people like to have their days set out in an agenda layout.  I prefer to have my days in a more compact visualization of a time index.

If you like the look of my horizontal weekly planner, you can download it here.  Remember that this isn’t to be sold, or distributed without my permission.  If you wish to link your blog up to this particular piece of work, please link to this post.

Tour de Planner

So, today, I will be talking about my personal planner.  It is something that I cannot 20160507_102509live without.  It allows me to keep everything organized (due dates, exams, quizzes, lectures, cancelled classes, etc.).  I use this like another part of my body.  I am lost when I don’t have it.  It seems silly to say that, but my planner is everything.

I have tried so many different premade planners, and I have found that none fit me in every way.  The Arc Notebook System from Staples has become something of a blessing because I change my mind on planners so much.  I also use my Arc for my notes and school stuff, not just my planner.  I like to have all of my information at hand in one place.  It is great because I can pull things out of my planner and put other things in at a whim.  I create my own planner inserts, 20160507_102738 (2).jpgbecause I can hybrid what I like between several types of planners into one single planner.  Since my needs are constantly changing, my planner also constantly is changing.

At the moment, you can see that I have adopted the vertical planner method.  I love the look of it, and I feel that it works really well because I have the boxes divided up as morning, afternoon, and evening.  I decided to try this particular method because the horizontal planner wasn’t working for me.  This specific type that you see in my post still 20160507_102603(0)is only a working copy.  I plan on adding a chronodex at the bottom this summer to see how it works out.  I stumbled across this particular little gem while browsing bullet journals on Pinterest.  It is a good way to glimpse a day’s schedule without perusing the entire day’s entries.

I kept looking at the Erin Condren Life Planner, and they are awesome.  However, I can tell by looking at them, that they didn’t fit 100% of what I was looking for.  As 20160507_102610beautiful as they are, I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that isn’t going to work completely.  So, I created something similar (not exact, mind you, but something similar that kind of works for me).  I love the colors of the Erin Condren, but they weren’t going to work for me.  I have found that since I color code and decorate my planner with printables from websites, I feel that grey is the best option for me.  It is pretty boring without decorations, so I am compelled to decorate my planner.  In the future, I will post my go-to places for free printables, and there are a TON!  I think I have a list of 20-ish?  Also, there are really cute stickers at Etsy as well (being the poor college student I am, I rely on mostly freebies and ones I make myself).

So, these are just the past few weeks of my planner and how they look.  At the end of the semester, there are classes that get cancelled and stuff gets shifted around.  Sometimes I even get stuff done before hand, and I don’t post it in my weekly layout.

Download my 2016 planner here!  For personal use only!!  Do not alter this and call it your own please, this was work I did and thought I’d be nice and share with everyone since I get asked where I get my planners and note pages.  If you like it drop me a line/tweet (@CoffeeConfessor).  Let me know if you have any requests or ideas, I will put it in my queue to do!

Rainbows of Colors

With the spring semester over, I am now able to concentrate more on my blog.  Last Thursday, I got an e-mail saying that they cancelled my Intro to Computer Programming class, so I am going to take it in the fall, and this summer I am going to take Anthropology.  I figure since I am not looking forward to the class anyway, I might as well take it in a shortened version where it only lasts until the end of June.  I still have my two other online courses:  Visual Literacy and Digital Photography.

Being the type-A personality I am, I try to remain organized (sometimes it doesn’t remain so).  I color code my classes and use a planner.  I have noticed that the busier I am, the easier it is to stay organized.  Today’s post is just about the tools I use to ensure that I stay organized.  I use colored pens (my favorite are the Paper Mate InkJoy pens) and my Pilot Frixion erasable Penshighlighters.  They are imports from Japan, but totally worth th
e money on Amazon.  I got a really good deal at Staples on the InkJoy pens.  I signed up for them to send me coupons, and I got a pack of 14 colorful pens that usually run about $25.00 for half the price.  So, I jumped on that bandwagon.  I don’t get paid to endorse these companies, I just really love their products.  The Pilot Frixion pastel highlighters are awesome.  I got mine from Amazon.com.  They were about $7.00.  I used to use Pilot Frixion
Gel Pens from Japan, but they ran out of ink quickly.  As much as I loved them, I didn’t even finish a semester before the ink was out of them.

Staedtler Fineliners              After that happened, I switched back to my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens—I love them, but the tips definitely smash quickly if you are a person who is heavy-handed when you write.  Plus they are expensive– $12.00 for just 10 pens.  A different brand that isn’t so expensive would be Stabilo .88 Pens.  I used them for my Anatomy and Physiology 261
class.  I also used them to color my diagrams for the class.  I got a pack of 30 colors for about $16.00.  Experimenting is definitely the way to go when it comes to different pens and markers.  My sister doesn’t like Paper Mate InkJoy pens and prefers to use Pilot pens.  Everyone has a preference for certain things.  There is no one size fits all when it comes to organizing one’s time.

Finals Week

These past few months have been really chaotic.  It seems like the semester flew by.  I am now facing the dreaded Finals Week.  So far this week I have spent over twenty hours funny-now-kiss-memestudying Trigonometry in order to keep my solid A in the class.  It is a comprehensive final, so I am trying to go back to the beginning of the semester and remember what we covered.  I have been lucky that the rest of my classes have been pretty breezy just because they are interdisciplinary core courses that are required.  So, instead of exams, I had papers– so many papers.

This leaves my two finals.  One is for my Psychology class and it isn’t comprehensive, and then my Trigonometry class.  So, needless to say, I am memorizing as much as possible for my Trig class.  My Psych class is going to be a perfunctory glance over my notes between my two finals tomorrow.  After tomorrow, I get a week and a half off and then I start my summer classes:  Computer Programming, Visual Literacy, Photography.