Objective: The student will create a long-term planning calendar to assist with planning and organization skills that features at least three of the following: assignments and routines, extra-curricular activities, basic appointments (e.g., doctor, dentist), social engagements, and personal goals.
This lesson is designed to teach you the basics of how to set up a long-term calendar and to help you plan effectively for your time in college.
This lesson is designed to emphasize the importance of creating an activity balance in order to achieve success in college. So far in this module you have learned about setting goals and balancing the different aspects of college life in order to achieve your goals. By completing a College Puzzle in this activity, you will visually represent your activities and priorities.Estimated time 30minutes
This section corresponds with Module 2 Activity 2 in the College Bound Transition curriculum resources.
Although you may or may not need to use a planner to keep track of things in high school, consistently using a planning tool like this is essential to success in college. There are many ways you can complete this activity, so you will have a good deal of flexibility in deciding the specifics of how your planning calendar will look. However, first we will discuss the key elements of planning with a long‐term calendar.
Consider the purpose of a calendar and why using one may be important in college. Some purposes that come to mind may be to stay organized, to track due dates and exam dates, to plan your time, to remember events and activities, etc.
Think about why you think it’s important to use a calendar in college. You will probably think of things like to prevent missing deadlines, to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time, to help you prioritize based on what’s coming up next, to help you see whether you’re overcommitted or have time available, to help you remember things when people aren’t reminding you, etc.
One of the primary purposes of a calendar is to remind people about things. Since you will have many things to remember once you’re in college and will not have your parents there to constantly remind you about those things, the reminder function is an important purpose that your calendar will need fulfill.
Brainstorm the types of things that you may need reminders for, especially those that may be listed on a long‐term or daily calendar/planner. Make sure to consider all the different activities, assignments, and events that you need to be reminded to attend, to work on, to complete, to turn in, etc.
Wh en creating your calendar, keep in mind that the type of calendar you use is not really important. What matters is how effectively and consistently you use it. Using a slick calendar app on your smartphone isn’t necessarily more effective than a simple sheet of paper with the month printed on it.
Yo u need to take into consideration what you will be most comfortable with, most likely to remember, and most likely to use. For example…
Don’t keep multiple calendars. Have one master calendar where you enter every piece of information you need so that you only need to keep up with one item. For example, if your part‐time job gives you a copy of your schedule each week, enter that information into your calendar and throw away the schedule. The same goes for sports practices, reminder cards about appointments, and any other information you have floating around. The idea is to ensure that everything you need to know is kept in one location.
It ’s important to ensure that everything you need to know is included on the calendar. Don’t rely on your ability to remember. Even people with excellent memories get distracted or forget sometimes, so get in the habit of writing things down, even if you probably won’t need a written reminder.
Si nce you’ll have everything written down in one place, color coding is a great way to differentiate between types of activities, events, deadlines, etc. Again, the specifics of how you do this aren’t what matters – the important thing is that you are consistent and that your color coding system makes sense to you.
Click on this link to see an example of a calendar that is set up to include one week at a time and is color coded. It includes some details about specific things to complete as well as events, activities, and due dates.
Here’s another example of a sample calendar (click the link to view it). This one is set up to include an entire month at a time. It also uses a color code, but this one codes by importance instead of by type of activity. In addition, this one has less detail than the other one, which may mean that it’s planning further into the future—before the student knows all the details of his schedule for certain activities like studying. Or it may also be that this student simply includes less detail on his calendar by preference.
Objective: The student will create a long-term planning calendar to assist with planning and organization skills that contains prompts for at least three of the following: assignments and routines, extra-curricular activities, basic appointments (e.g., doctor, dentist), social engagements, and personal goals.
If so, congratulations!