It is important when creating your plan to make sure it is balanced between your classes and academic goals, and all other aspects of your life (personal goals, work, family, friends, community, etc.). It’s often very challenging to coordinate these aspects. Here are a few ways to help you balance your plan and integrate goal setting and reflection:
Reflect and identify your personal, academic, and future career goals. What do you want to achieve in four years? Ten years? By retirement? Factors these into your plan.
Adjust for life events. Are you getting married? Do you need to take a break for a family emergency or a pregnancy? Discuss with an advisor if a Leave of Absence
would be right for you.
Evaluate how you spend your days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
+ Make a class schedule or a 24-hour scheduler.
+ Use the daily hourly schedule tool to evaluate your priorities in a day or a week.
Create a semester-at-a-glance.
Looking for a low-maintenance daily planner? Try the Bullet Journal
method. It also works for taking notes!