How to Organize Your Erin Condren Life Planner for College

Ah, the start of a new semester. I can smell the freshly sharpened pencils and new notebooks from here. It’s a wonderful time of the year for us #PlannerGirls. We stalk Blackboard from the moment the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day for the new Syllabus that will foreshadow the rest of the semester ahead. Plus once those are posted we know it’s time to grab our planners and new pens and get to work on planning our Hell Weeks.

I’ve noticed that girls are always asking around this time “How do you organize your classes?” or “How do you mark when things are due?” etc., and I’m not going to lie. In the Erin Condren Vertical Planner it IS hard to figure out what goes where. The morning/ day/ night headers don’t apply to us that well because we are in class at such random times throughout the day, and the blank headers don’t do much either since it provides no direction.

I personally think I’ve found a way that works really well for me. So below is how I choose to organize my planner. (*I use another app/ computer program to track help assignments called iStudiezPro)

I started off by purchasing headers from The Emerald Bluebird (I chose to purchase her headers after a friend had tried them out and I loved them;  plus you get THREE full months for just $12). Mine are SCHOOL, TODAY, and ODDS & ENDS. This allows me to break my day into categories and break my activities up into those categories.


Starting from the top I labeled the top row SCHOOL. On the days I have classes I use Planner Kate’s appointment boxes  or part of a checklist to mark the times and classes, and on the days I have assignments due I use Scribble Prints Co.‘s heart checklist half boxes to mark them so that I can check them off when they’re finished or turned in.


On the days that I don’t have class I place checklists for homework assignments, topics that I need to study, or notes I need to rewrite. This helps me keep my priorities straight when I get to the library. I use plain heart checklists because 1) I really like white space in my planner and 2) every set you can purchase on Etsy usually comes with them (I personally love using Scribble Prints Co.‘s heart checklists). Under those I put small appointment labels from Planner Kate with books on them to mark my study hours for my organization.

The next row I labeled TODAY. I put things that I’m doing that day or things that need to be done, super simple, but allows me to see what else (besides school) that needs to be done. Just that simple.


The third row is ODDS & ENDS. This is where I put after hours events, socials, bills due, etc. This tends to be a smorgasbord of things , but that’s why I call it ODDS & ENDS.


I hope this helps anyone trying to figure out how to use their Erin Condren Vertical!

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