For years, I was opposed to using a planner. My thoughts were, "I have a brain, that's where I can keep all my assignments."
But the problem with that was that I would forget things. So for my 8th grade year, I decided I would use a planner.
I bought a small planner at Target for under 5 dollars. I found some cute smiley face binder clips and some Paper Mate pens for 2 dollars and set out to be organized.
I decided to color code my planner based upon the type of thing I was writing.
I wrote homework in orange, due dates in purple, dance in green, and tests in blue.
Every day I have been writing in my planner, using my pens, and i have to say that, while the system isn't foolproof, it has definitely helped me with my organizational skills, especially at a time when we are having some much more homework and assignments!
I also have begun using a different one-inch binder for each of my four core classes, and this little step has helped me tremendously. I am so pleased that I have really become a more organized, dependable person this 2015-2016 year.
However, I did have to build a mousetrap car recently that made me want to scream. But yeah... organization. More on the car later.