My most favorite and most highly used stationery item is a yearly/daily planner. My planner is my favorite stationery item because it helps me stay organized with daily activities, homework assignments, study schedules, class schedules, school department meetings, and appointments.
Attending college has always been a lifelong dream since elementary school. I have always wanted to attend college since my 4th-grade teacher Ms. Diaz began the conversation about her college experience at Stanford. From a very early age, I have been ready to embark on this college journey.
From school life to personal life it helps me stay on top of all the things I need to get done. My main objective in life is to remain focused. In order to do so, I feel as though I need to remain on top of all the items I am responsible for. I try to give everything a due date so I am sure to accomplish what I start and finish the tasks I need to get done.
I choose planners that have large spaces to write in many daily tasks, weekly note pages to jot down comments and updates, monthly one-page overview to reflect on the month at a glance, lots of blank pages toward the back to doodle and draw, and a page to create a checklist for big projects. All of these features help keep me organized.
I enjoy using planners with bright fun colors to catch my eye. That makes it easy to see in a large jam-packed backpack but also they help to show your personality and mood. I am bright, bubbly, fun, and organized. My planner reflects all of those characteristics. I have many different colors and designs.
I use a silver chrome planner for my business analysts class. This planner shows my personality but also my serious side. I take my college career very seriously and when I pull this out in class to take notes I feel empowered and professional. It is eye-catching but most importantly it helps me remain on tasks in one of my most challenging classes.
The only con is that we live in a world driven by technology and electronic devices. My planner is a manual version of my life’s to-do list. It would be much easier to update, correct, and make changes to it if it somehow were able to sync up with my smartphone or laptop. One day of forgetting to add a new task or update a deadline in my planner could be inadequate for my outcome. I could miss a deadline for an important assignment or miss the time of a scheduled interview or meeting.
In order to use a planner, you have to be mindful to keep it updated and use it as your primary source of information. Which can be especially challenging when maneuvering between smartphones, laptops, tablets, and planners.
I feel like the planner is one of the best stationery items invented and if used consistently will help anyone stay organized.