Hey Simple && Sweeties,

Yay, school is starting…whoop…

Ok, I’m going to admit, I can’t fake not being excited to start up school again. I NEED the structure in my life even if the work isn’t the most thrilling.

Now, most people start their semester on that first day of class. That is a terrible way to prepare! However, don’t assume I’m telling you to read every textbook cover to cover before class, that’s a bit excessive.The best thing you can do before your new semester is  prepare. Yes, plans are sometimes prettier on paper, but the act of planning helps you learn and grow more than the actual plan itself.

Plan #1. Invest in a planner you can feel.

My favorite brand in planners is Day Designer.


I used to think, I’ll just use my phone to store important due dates and tasks.

One thing I didn’t realize was 98% of the time I was on my phone, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or some other app was open. I had the dates for reference, but I’d never check to see what was upcoming on my schedule.

So, now, I’m adapting, modifying, and overcoming (to quote my old TA).

Last time I was in Anthropologie, I stumbled across this beauty.


{Buy this Planner}

The reason I love it so much is how it is structured. I could build this whole blog post off of this planner…which is what I’m doing and then some haha.


Plan #2 Recognize your bigger picture and set your goals.


Now you’re seeing why I’m crushing on this planner?

Sure, get better grades is everyone’s goal, but what about your bigger picture? Set personal goals for weight, finances, school, and other things you find important.

Most Productive Semester (Pin)

Plan #3. Develop a routine.

If you want to work out in the mornings, do it consistently. A routine is easier to follow than arbitrarily setting a goal.

Need help waking up though? Check out How to go From Night Owl to Early Bird in College

Go From Night Owl To Early Bird


Plan #4. Fill your planner with your goals and important dates.


If you need some inspiration, check my symbols/event list above.

I find that symbols work much better in saving time and space in my larger monthly calendar.


You can see some of my symbols above in use, and yes, don’t forget your parents’ birthdays, your best friends (they won’t mind as much if you ask a few months beforehand rather than outright forgetting or being reminded by Facebook the day of)

Also, Facebook is a goldmine for finding birthdays. If you’re bored,go through it and write down the ones you feel are worth writing down!

Keep yourself honest in your New Year’s Resolution! Write down dates when you want to meet that goal!

Planner Goals

Plan #5. Read the syllabus prior to class && Look up the university calendar.

Most professors post their updated syllabus a month prior to the first day. This includes things like exam dates, quiz due dates, and reading assignments. Not only are these good to write in your planner, it gives you a heads up on other things like which classes require the text book, how heavily the exams and homework weigh against each other, and which classes are going to have field trips.

If you are an Aggie, there is a hyperlink on your written (not graphic) class schedule in the Howdy Portal. This may be the case for other non-Ag’s.

Looking up the university calendar will tell you important things like the last day to add/drop classes, what week they’ve allocated for spring break, and what is the last day to Q-drop a class so you don’t ruin your GPA…not that I’ve ever done that, ha!

Write the dates down both in your monthly calendar, but in the day planner section!


Plan #6. Order you books and school supplies.

Amazon has used books. Chegg and Textbooksolutions are also great resources. Now that you’ve read the syllabus, you know which ones are text-book based. This way, your books will get in before the first homework assignments are due. Kroger, HEB, Walmart and other grocery stores are untapped goldmines for inexpensive pencils, spiral notebooks and binders.

For more information on this, check out Amazon.com! They have great deals that’ll beat any bookstore price. Don’t be afraid of used books, e-books, and rentals 🙂

Alright, now that you’ve taken the first step and read this, act on it! Order your planner, read your syllabi, and enjoy your semester!

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As Always,





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