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Color-Code Your Planner

By October 8, 2008

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Iíve often encouraged students to devise a color-coding system for organizing homework. To do this, you simply come up with a specific color to represent each of the subjects you study each semester and buy color-coded supplies like folders and highlighters to keep your notes in order.

This same idea should be carried over into your time management system and put to use in your planner. One inexpensive but effective way to do this is to purchase a few sheets of colored stickers and come up with a system.

Hereís one idea: To me, yellow always stand for warningóso in my planner, I would locate every big test date or due date, go back a week, and place a yellow sticker there. The yellow markers would always indicate that a test or project due date is approaching.

Additionally, I would designate a specific color for each subject and put the appropriate colored stickers on each due date. For example, I would place a big red sticker (red for math) on the day of my math midterm.

You can come up with any system that makes sense to you. Color-coding is effective because itís so easily noticeable. Flip the page on your planner and youíre sure to see a big yellow or red sticker glaring back at you!


May 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(1) Dorothy Green says:

I agree color coding will be benefical to use while school.
I hace a similar techinque, by I use color folder for my asssignment,for instaed orange for all discussion
question 1,blue for disscussion question 2, and red for assignment.

March 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm
(2) victoria says:

i understand the coloring thing but my thing is, how are you supposed to know which subject the big yellow caution signal sticker is there for. what is the point in having a warning if you don’t even know what it is warning you about? if at all possible, someone please enlighten me on this issue. thanks.

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