Benefits of using a planner in College

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Almost all successful college students practice this habit.

Most of us would like to succeed in life and in school.

A simple agenda or planner can help you in life and at school and is a habit many successful people practices. I teach school and at my school, almost all of our top students use a school planner.

A planner can help you plan ahead, reflect on the past, and provide action steps for today.


The most simple and basic way to use a planner is to write down upcoming events like tests, birthdays, sporting events. Even this simple activity will help you succeed by not missing events, and will begin to wire your brain to start thinking ahead.

However, you can accomplish more with your planner.

First, set aside a time each day or evening that you look over your agenda. I recommend that it is at the same time each day. For example, I drink coffee so as I drink coffee I look over my agenda.

Use color for different events. Different activities can be in different colors. Test one color, birthdays another, important tasks another color.

This helps you have a quick scan of upcoming events.

Write in positive and meaningful quotes. These can be anything that motivates you or reminds you of who you want to be.

For example, I have written down, if you don’t ask you don’t get to remind yourself to just ask others. 

Place these in a section of your agenda that you look at each day.

Write in a list of reflective questions that you can look over periodically to help give your life direction.

Here is an example list of reflective questions. 

  • What do I need to do today to help me achieve my goals tomorrow?

  • Do I focus on what is important?

  • Do my friends make a positive or negative impact on my life?

  • What is my next step to achieve school success?

  • What can I do to improve?

  • What can I learn from my failures?

  • Did I let myself or others down today?

  • Do I dream big or have I settled?

  • How can I add adventure and excitement to my life?

  • Did I move out of my comfort zone today?

A nice mix of questions that reflect on the past, some looking forward, and some questions for today is really helpful.

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