8 Reasons To Start Using A Planner, Like Right Now

8 Reasons To Start Using A Planner, Like Right Now

Stop using it as a coaster.

Here's the situation: You have to make time to go meet with your professor, squeeze in some time to study for your exam on Friday, work, and somehow while you're on the phone, you need to know when all of those things are happening so that you don't overlap your eye doctor appointment with the project meeting you forgot about until now.

Sounds hectic, right?

Well, that's because it is. I know (from lots of personal experience) one person can't remember everything they have going on all at once, and under pressure it's even worse. This is where planners come in. I don't like to use mine, but these are some things that encourage me to get it out every once in a while.

1. You have one.

So why not use it?

2. You bought it.

You spent anywhere from five to twenty dollars on this bound paper calendar, so why waste money?

3. You stay organized.

Put in your schedule, things you're interested in, birthdays, and random fun facts to make your day better.

4. You are less stressed.

Having everything laid out in your calendar makes it so that you aren't constantly worrying about having to get somewhere you forgot you had committed to being.

5. You know when things are due.

You don't want to unintentionally wait until the day before to finish a project? Put in reminders (maybe sticky notes or alerts on your phone), so you know when deadlines are approaching.

6. You get to cross things off.

Finishing something and just being able to mark it off makes you feel more accomplished, and gets you ready to face the next task.

7. You can make it yours.

Personalize your space! If it is something drab you don't want to see, why would you use it? Make it fun, have a theme, color coordinate. Maybe even throw some jokes in there to keep you laughing through your stressful week!

8. Everything is in one place.

You don't have to dig through five syllabuses to find out which assignment you need to worry about first. It's all in the planner.

Now that you have a few good reasons to brush the dust off the cover of your mint condition 2017-2018 calendar, get it out and see what mapping out your life can do for you.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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