Whether you have a calendar full of puppies hanging on your wall, a large calendar pad on your desk, or even just a monthly planner in your bag, having a calendar system that you can rely on to keep track of your to-dos, important dates, and even free time is important. There’s no one right or wrong way to develop a calendar system. Digital or analog. Big or small. It only needs three things: organization, easy access, and you.

Why you? Because each person uses a calendar and manages their tasks differently. Even if your best friend’s calendar system has her at peak productivity every day, it might drive you crazy trying to keep up with it.

Block Out Your Tasks

Think about school, how classes are blocked out into clear sections throughout the day, so you always know where you’re going and when. You can think of your calendar system as something similar. If you have the things you want or need to get done on a given day clearly mapped out on your calendar, you know where to be and when to be there. No stress.

Know What You Need to Get Done

We’ve all done it. You have what seems like a million things that you need to get done, and you’re trying to keep all of those tasks memorized in your head. But you keep forgetting one or another, and as soon as you remember it, you forget something else! With a calendar in place, you know exactly when you need to start planning your BFF’s birthday party or when your next dance class is. Basically, it’s all laid out for you.

Prioritize Your Own Life

The best perk, like those essential ingredients, of having a reliable calendar is you. Why? Well, when our tasks are up in the air all the time, it’s easy to let them slide. It’s even easier to forget about them entirely. When you have everything you need and want in front of you, it’s much easier to work toward all of your big dreams.