Call me nerdy but a good schedule makes me so ridiculously happy. A schedule is so practical for college and life and today I’m going to show you how to lock one down.
STEP ONE: BREATHE
Before we even jump into the planning I just want to remind you that not everyone needs a schedule. Some people are just good at organizing themselves on the fly. That’s okay! I, on the other hand, need to have some sort of structure, otherwise I’ll watch 12 hours of Netflix. A schedule not only gives you a clear picture of what every day will look like, but also gets you into a routine. If you schedule an hour of gym time ,and follow it, then you’re more likely to continue the trend. Same goes with homework! Let’s get that 4.0 this semester girl!
STEP TWO: WE LIKE TO ORGANIZE
This is the step that will probably take up most of your time. In order to make yourself a schedule you’ve go to know what the heck you’re actually doing with your life. Because I’m in college the first thing I write down on my weekly schedule is school. I go to class from 8:00 AM to 3:20 PM on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and have labs on Monday’s from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, so I’ll pop them into their slots. Here is where you fill in the rest. I work two jobs, cheer and dance once a week, workout three times a week, and also schedule time for blogging and homework. I know it may seem like a lot but planning it all out has really helped me not have a meltdown.
If you’re like me and you like to write everything down it’s time to whip out those craft supplies. If you’re a tech-y gal don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered. The first thing I do is create my table. I wanted a big giant one I could put on my wall so i pieced together 3 card stock sheets and went from there. If you’re all about having your schedule on your computer no problem. This is actually great for on the go when you can’t have your physical schedule with you. I opened up an Excel and Word document to help me with the templates.
STEP THREE: “DRAW” IT OUT
Here comes the fun part! After you’ve got down exactly what you do in a week you can start popping it into your sheet! If you’re drawing it it’s super simple, but if you’re doing it online it might be a bit tricky. So I added some pictures to help you!
3a) Define your shape in Excel.
To do this all you’ve got to do is click and drag and add some borders. I have 21 slots on my left hand side for the times I need for the day and 8 across for the days of the week.
3b) Merge & Centre + Colour Coat
I know life doesn’t happen hour by hour so the merge & centre tool is my BFF on Excel. It allows you to merge cells together so you don’t have unusual shapes all over your spreadsheet. You already know your schedule so go ahead and merge those cells. Here’s what mine looks like:
STEP FOUR: COPY PASTE THAT SCHEDULE
Now that you’ve got everything coloured and organized the way you like it let’s copy it. In all honestly I’ve never actually tried to save an Excel file as a PDF so I typically use Word. All I do is select the entire area of my schedule like this and click copy so that the green line turns from solid to dotted.
Click paste and BAM you’ve got it into Word.
I made sure to resize everything so it fit on the page and looked the way I wanted it to before saving it as a PDF.
STEP FIVE: STICK TO IT AND CELEBRATE
Don’t let all that work go to waste by not committing to your plan. The key to being successful at anything is repetition and determination. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried to get myself into an awesome gym schedule only to decide not to go just for one day and have it all fall apart. Having a schedule like this laid out day by day and time by time really helps me to stick with it.
After that? Celebrate girlfriend! You’ve made it not only to the end of this post but to an awesome state of organization. Pop that low carb champagne and clink to your success! I know my schedule is pretty school and work heavy but yours doesn’t have to be. Have a yoga class you absolutely love doing on Wednesday nights? Schedule that in! It’s also important to schedule yourself some free time. Sunday’s are typically the days when I’ll sacrifice some blogging time to see my friends or catch up on some Netflix.
And with that we’re done! I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and you’ll go forth and be the scheduling divas I know you are. Be sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think! Make sure to also subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up with the latest and greatest at K is for Karly! Haven’t had enough? Head over to this link to figure out how to grow your college fund AND earn $50!
Much love babes!