A planner is a highly useful time-management tool that can help you keep your important activities and responsibilities in order. You can use it to create a schedule for all of life’s important (and not-so-important) events, and let it serve as a reminder of important due dates, meetings, and appointments.
As you’ve likely noticed, a wide variety of planners are available to you, from traditional leather-bound journals with gilt edges, to snappy six-ring personal organizers you can customize with various inserts and tabs, to smartphone apps that allow you to keep and share your schedule via the cloud. No matter your preferences, you can probably find something that satisfies your needs.
You may also want to encourage your students to see the value of using a time-management tool on a consistent basis. However, they may not know how to use a planner as a tool to support their success in school; or, they may want to discover other options that may suit their styles and needs more closely. If you want to provide them with an opportunity to gather ideas and share ideas with their peers, try the “My Favorite Planner” class activity, drawn from the Instructor’s Manual for Constance Staley’s FOCUS on College Success, Third Edition:
Reference: Cowles, John and Underhile, Ric. 2013. Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank for Constance Staley’s FOCUS on College Success, 3rd Ed. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
What time-management tools and strategies do you encourage your students to use? Submit your ideas via the comments section below.