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I have used a planner to organize my life for several years now. I literally use it for every facet of my life, and now that my daughter is a sophomore in high school I thought it was time she learn to use one, too. We got her a new planner for the year and had fun shopping together for pens and supplies to start using it.
We set her planner up by color coding, so the pens we used were an important consideration. We were in Target the other day and found a display with the Pilot G2 Target Fashion Collection pens and I knew they would be perfect for her! Pilot G2 pens are a favorite in the planner community because they are known for smooth writing and a comfortable grip. Pilot G2 is the #1 Selling gel ink brand in America (NPD, 2015).
Pens are definitely not one-size-fits-all, so another thing I like about Pilot G2 pens is that they come in 4 point sizes, 15 vibrant colors, and multiple collection options to customize your writing experience. There is Pilot G2 Premium, Pilot G2 Target Fashion Collection and Pilot G2 Metallics. We chose the Pilot G2 Target Fashion Collection because of the fun, polka dot design. Perfect for a teenager!
As I was reading the packaging I discovered the Target G2 Overachievers Club. You can join the club for promotions, product news, overachiever life-hacks, giveaways and more. This really resonated with me because my daughter is the epitome of an overachiever, and I am so proud of her! She is on the honor roll, in choir and orchestra, and is working at a grocery store on top of various babysitting jobs. We joined by texting G2CLUB to 40679. You get a coupon as soon as you join!
To set up my daughter’s planner we first decided what main categories she would be tracking. She chose work, homework, friends, home/personal, and babysitting. Then she chose a different color of pen for each category and noted it in the monthly section of her planner.
On the monthly pages she wrote down her work schedule, days she needed to babysit, major school events, etc. in the corresponding color she had chosen for each category.
On the daily spread she wrote more specific daily happenings. For instance, her school runs on an A and B day schedule, so now she can see at a glance which day it is. On this page she could track daily to-do’s, and more detailed forward planning. She used the side column to jot down a couple of bigger goals that she is giving herself the week to accomplish, like cleaning her room.
Most planners include extra note pages in the back. Here she can take notes, or track things in a list, like how many books she has read this year.
When setting up a planner for high school, I would encourage you not to get TOO extremely detailed. The point is to be functional, but not overwhelming.
If you have a high school student, a color-coded planner could be a valuable tool to them. It helps them to stay organized and encourages them to set and achieve goals. And don’t forget to sign up for the G2 Overachievers Club here!