Episode 1: Sister Sister Planning – 2019 Planner Lineup, Student Edition

I’ve done series in the past on my blog, in fact I’m working on two right now – Planning for 2019 and my Low Income Budget series. Why not add another to the mix. This time I teamed up with my baby sister, a high school freshman that is trying to stay organized in school and find a system that actually works for staying on top of her assignments. Here I am to help. This first episode takes a closer look at her system, plus tips to get her started.

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.



Sister’s Planner Lineup

My sister is more of a Happy Planner addict than I am and currently has 3 in her lineup:

  • BIG 2019 Horizontal
  • CLASSIC 2019 Fitness
  • CLASSIC 2019 Budget

Like many others in the planner community, my sister has more planners than she can handle. I did suggest to her transformer planning, but we’ll see how that goes.

One of the issues she had with her planning, aside from keeping up with it, was how to use the horizontal planner as a student planner. Being that she has the largest size and doesn’t use a lot of stickers, all she really needs is a pen. She loves her Papermate Ink Joy Gel Capped Pens which come in a variety of colors. She typically has 4 classes a day so I suggested she break each day into 4 sections. No color coding needed, just a block for each of her classes. Then for the weekends, that can turn into a space for additional notes. Half sheets would also be great to add for those ongoing projects that spread from week to week to have all the details in one place.

As for the monthly calendar, this is a great place to keep track of test, quizzes, and project due dates. This is a space that should be kept minimal.

Concerns When Planning

For my sister, one of her biggest problems was trying to figure out how much to write. She feels that she writes too much and runs out of space. Again, a common problem. For each class, just write the basics. If it’s an English class and you have a reading and report, simply write the page numbers to read + summary of some sort. It’s YOUR planner so any abbreviations you make are for you to understand.

When it comes to trying out planners, don’t go overboard. Before even purchasing one, do a little research and consider the following:

  • What kind of writer are you?
  • How much space do you need?
  • Will this be an everyday planner – one you carry everyday?

Knowing the kind of writer you are will help predict what size planner you should get. Find out more on your planning style in my Planning for Beginners series here. Happy Planning!


Still in search of a planner for 2019?

Check out my Planning for 2019 series here!

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