As someone who struggles with planning things in advance, this was a very difficult project for me. I put major events on calendars/reminders but don't often go through with planning the little things like "how long am I planning on eating" or "what exactly am I going to do between classes", and as a result, this learning outcome was pretty eye-opening.
I decided to start the project with a weekly planner for the week of February 5th-11th since I had a lot of things going on, and I was curious how well I could stick to a planner during such a busy week.
I chose to complete this in Excel since it was very easy to set up. The Orange Box represents the 1st Quadrant (Important and Urgent), the Blue boxes represent the 2nd Quadrant (Important, Not Urgent), and the Purple boxes represent the 4th Quadrant (Not Urgent, Not Important).
Overall, I stuck pretty well to the plan I laid out for myself that week which really surprised me. The only times I really deviated from it were when I got a call from someone that needed help with something or wanted to hangout when I had finished my work early. The only true "problem day" was Friday, where I made an emergency trip to Walmart and changed the order of my plan a little bit.
Image of the individual day's Self-Observation from February 8th (Wednesday)
I started my observation on Wednesday February 8th. The day was extremely busy but I managed to keep it all together, only deviating when I found extra time to study for Math and Economics, since those are my hardest classes. I cannot say that those additions/deviations to my plan were bad, but I cannot fully say they were urgent.
This day was a little bit rougher. Even though it should have been easy to follow, I ended up allowing myself to sleep until 10 o'clock since I didn't sleep well the night before, meaning I didn't have nearly as much time as I had planned to work on my English paper. Thankfully the paper isn't a very large one or else I might have been in trouble. I did utilize my time to work on Econ homework due that night, but I had to cram the work on the English paper until much later in the night than I had anticipated.
My final day of day-to-day observation did not go according to plan except for some very minute points. I went to class and woke up when I planned to, but I decided to look over CU1010's Portfolio first, then study for Econ, and then I went to Walmart to pick up some groceries that I didn't realize we needed for the dorm. My 3:00-5:00 homework time was heavily utilized, however, so it wasn't a total loss, and instances like that were why I had planned for that time as a fallback.
This was probably the most helpful for me, allowing me to see my events, tests, projects, and the like much further away and allowing me to plan accordingly. It was a pain for me to put together, but I'm glad I did in the end. Especially at the end of the semester, things got extremely busy and knowing when I could sign up for tutoring sessions or squeeze in some time with friends made a world of difference as I ended my freshman year at Clemson.
This is my planner I made for April at the end of March. As you can see, I managed to squeeze in a lot, even before April even came.