If you don't already have an agenda or a day planner of some sort than you need to finish reading this post and go get one immediately. I mean it. It will do you a world of good and they're affordable. No need to protest.
I am an English major, so when opportunity strikes to grab a pen and some paper and handwrite myself reminders, I’m all over it. This doesn’t always work. Some people prefer to electronically catalogue due dates and reminders. But I prefer handwriting things in my agenda. But one of the best parts of starting a new school year is picking out an agenda that you think will work best for you. This year, I bought two agendas. I started with a smaller sized agenda that I thought would be suitable for school but after about a week I realized a regular sized agenda would better suit my needs.
|I like to write everything down - sometimes in more detail than necessary|
One of the best ways to use your agenda to its full advantage is to write due dates and reminders down as soon as you come across them. This is also fitting if you use an iPad or your cellphone in place of an agenda. Writing things down immediately allows you to keep your schedule organized and helps prevent you from forgetting anything. Which ultimately means that sometimes, your agenda will look intimidating. But at least you've got it all written down.
In terms of using separate dayplanners for work and school I would highly recommend NOT doing this. It’s easier to maintain and more accessible to use a single agenda. This means that you’ve got to take your agenda with you whenever you go to school, work, volunteering or any of your extra-curricular commitments. But it'll be worth. It an easy and worthwhile habit to practice and maintain.