I have used my Google calendar for a couple years now in order to keep track of my husband's work schedule, due dates for bills with their amounts (or for some approximate amounts), payday, birthdays, and with a few calendars synced from outside sources (Patriots schedule being one). I use this as my personal calendar so I can make plans with others without having conflicts with work/school/appt schedules with notifications for things upcoming right in my pocket. It has been a life saver for my sanity, my organization, and helps me avoid double booking.
I then still used a small planner in my purse that allows me to mark days at a glance that are unavailable for further plans. It is a quick reference when scheduling things, planning things for the future, but doesn't really provide too much detail. I simply cross off days that are completely unavailable and mark the calendar accordingly for those days that are partially unavailable. I then have a larger calendar that has every one's schedule written out with more detail, such as times and places. This calendar is in my family binder that
My schedule book is ONLY for my school stuff. I use it to write out what assignments I need to do, when they are due, what reading is required for the week, and what will be required in class (i.e. interim exams, essays) for each class and for each day of the week. As I complete things, there is a spot to mark them off as complete. This book is not the most ideal structure, but it is better than having to reference my syllabi for each class everyday. This helps me keep things in one spot as well as be thorough.
Lastly, our whiteboard calendar, which I do a
Now, by reading all of the above information, you'd think that my time management skills are pretty squared away. WRONG! Oh so very wrong. No amount of calendars and written down schedules could have ever prepared me for what time management actually is. Law school is a very intricate being with so many working parts. Reading. Briefs. Outlines. Comprehending the material. Current events. Essays. Exams (even the ungraded interim ones I have been working through this past week). Student organizations. Friends (because let's face it, this SAHM has been lacing those for the last few years). Professors' habits/no-nos/pet peeves/words they dislike or like/expectations. Remembering that all this will lead up to a huge 3 day test to decide if all the time spent studying actually worked. Nothing can prepare a person for that. One of my peers, Kyle, and I were talking about how we truly feel as if we are not even treading water at this point but instead are getting opportunities to gasp for air before sinking under the immense amount of work that is commonplace in law school. So with that, I am going to take my big breath and dive headfirst into my workload.