Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Making Order out of Chaos with an Academic Planner

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Leslie Josel created Order out of Chaos out of inspiration to help her son (who suffers from ADD) become organized and succeed academically and beyond.  She designed the Academic Planner to help students better manage their time, complete homework assignments, as well as balancing after school activities and homework.

Although this planner is marketed for students but it could be adapted for blogging, at-home business, or any other responsibility where you need to keep track of regular commitments or activities beyond a basic calendar.  I've looked at using this planner to help me work my business but haven't decided how I want to use it.  (The academic calendar format is kind of fitting since I started my business in August.)

Noteable Features:
  • Unique vertical index page in the front of the planner, enabling you to record up to 7 daily tasks only once.
  • Weekly planner pages line up with the index on a line by line basis.
  • Days of the week are listed horizontally across the planner.
  • Includes a separate space to enter after-school activities and weekend commitments.
  • The grid system quickly reveals both scheduled and available blocks of time, facilitating weekly time management and planning strategies.
  • Larger size pages to allow more room to write assignments and appointments.
  • A handy vinyl back pocket to hold notes, slips, or other necessary papers.
  • Three hole punching to allow for easy placement in binders.
  • Durable covers and sturdy spiral binding.
  • Based on a school calendar (August to July).

When I showed this planner to Austin (suffers from ADHD) he said it was similar to what they use at school.  Although he's never brought his planner to my house I was able to obtain a sample picture of one of the calendar pages for comparison.  They were given one of these planners at the beginning of the school year preprinted with their classes.  I believe it's helped him complete more of his homework assignments resulting in better grades than he had in elementary school.

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