Today they're called management binders, and they're pretty popular for your home or work, but today I'm helping you create a college management binder for back to school. For college I need something to catch all my important info, but be small enough to not get in the way of my stuff for class. Let's start with the basics.
Get it together
Print your essentials
The first is this syllabi sheet where you can fill info about each of your classes for an at-a-glance reference sheet. I like to stick this in the back pocket on my binder in case I forget where a professor's office is or something.
The second is a daily printable sheet to keep up with notes, todos and other important info. I normally stick to my planner for these types of things. But when the semester gets really crazy I like busting out one of these as a way to get my head organized. You'll also want to print off monthly calendars–you can download my free ones here. Slip your calendar into the outside pocket for easy access.
I printed all the pages for my binder on the HP Deskjet 3752. I got my new printer online from Walmart. This tiny, all-in-one printer fits anywhere–including my minuscule book case. I'm fairly positive the age of clunky printers is over, with the insanely compact and sleek design of the HP Deskjet 2752. The set up and printing is super easy through your phone phone or tablet and it's definitely affordable on my broke-college-student budget. Also, you' don't have to connect to a network or jump through a ton of hoops to get started. The HP Deskjet 2752 is the world's smallest all-in-one-printer and is perfect for all your college printing needs.
Tips for using your binder throughout the semester
-Keep some scantrons in the back. I hate asking to borrow scantrons from people in class, so I'll normally just buy $5 worth from the bookstore and keep them in my binder year round.
- Think of your management binder as the inbox of your backpack. Use it as a landing zone for miscellaneous papers, fliers and other important information to go through later. But be sure to go through it every so often so it doesn't become a mess.
Have you used a a management binder for home or school? Any other tips for beginners?