Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner Review

Keeping your student on track with their academics and after-school activities can be a daunting task at times. Leslie Josel, founder of Order Out of Chaos and creator of the Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner has designed a planner that will help your student learn to manage their time and enable them to use the week-at-a-glance system to their advantage.

 This is no ordinary academic planner. This is literally a “everyone” planner. Instead of subjects, use the 7 “subject” areas to divide your activities and commitments you need to keep track of. I am using mine as a home, blog, and school committee calendar to keep track of everything important in my life.

About Leslie Josel, Founder of Order Out of Chaos

The Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner is a true at-a-glance system that can be used for multiple purposes, not just for academics! Leslie became an organizer (although she didn’t realize it at the time) at the tender age of four when her mother became ill. “The structure and order of systems and lists gave me a peace of mind in an otherwise uncertain world,” she states on her website about those early years.

“My need to stay on top of it – to learn everything I can to organize the chronically disorganized – is very personal.”

Leslie launched the company in 2004 after her son was diagnosed with ADHD, Executive Dysfunction and other learning disabilities. Just like I have, she spent countless hours scouring the Internet and reading articles on how she could help her son untangle the world that is ADHD.

About The Order Out of Chaos Planner

When our planner first arrived, I showed it to my eldest son (who has ADHD) and asked him if it was something he would use – daily – and whether he thought it would help him with school. After looking at the Planner User Guide at the front of the planner and then flipping through it, he said, “Yes, I would use it, and it’s a lot better than the agendas they give you at school.” Out of the mouths of babes, right?

Special Features from the Order Out of Chaos Website:

  • A customizable index page at the front of the planner enables students to record their class subjects (7 subject boxes) only once. Eliminates forgetfulness and frustration.
  • Weekly planner pages line up on a subject-by-subject basis, creating an easy method for students to record and review their weekly schedules.
  • Days of the week are listed horizontally across the planner, allowing students to quickly see assignments and due dates and creating continuity that is critical to developing time management skills.
  • Includes space to enter after-school activities and weekend commitments, allowing students to PLAN their weekly workload.
  • The unique grid system quickly reveals both scheduled and available blocks of time, facilitating weekly time management and planning strategies.
  • Larger size pages (7″ x 11″ interior pages) allow for more room to write assignments and appointments.
  • NEW FEATURE! Handy vinyl back pocket holds notes, slips and other necessary papers.
  • NEW FEATURE! Three-hole punching allows for easy placement in binders.
  • NEW FEATURE! Durable laminated covers and sturdy spiral binding stands up to students’ school bags and lockers.
  • Based on a school calendar (August to July)

As I stated earlier, I have been using the planner for my home, blog, and school committee commitments. Here is an example of what my planner looks like:

I have my “subjects” set up as Home, LiaH Giveaways, LiaH Post Planning, SJMS (middle school PTA and Boosters Club meetings as well as all middle school related events), MES (elementary school PTA meetings as well as all elementary school related events), LiaH stats (a place to record my blog statistics each day or each week), 3BD & Miscellaneous (internship requirements and miscellaneous events and happenings I need to keep track of).

So, as you can see, this planner is highly customizable and super simple to use. I have always been a “wanna-be” when it comes to organization. I’ve purchased every type of planner system imaginable out there, from the less-expensive Day Runner systems to the high-end Franklin Covey systems – nothing has worked for me. Why? Simply because all of the information I needed was scattered throughout the binder in different sections. MY INFORMATION WAS NEVER ALL IN ONE PLACE TO SEE AT-A-GLANCE.

Our Star Rating

On a scale of 1 to 5, the Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner gets a ★★★★★ Star Rating from this household! I am completely, totally in love with my planner, and I know that you will be too!

Where to Get Yours:

Want to know more? Here’s where you can find Leslie Josel and Order Out of Chaos:

Where to Buy: Shop Products – $19.00 each (4 different designs)
Facebook: “Like” Order Out of Chaos on Facebook!


Want To Win One?

Beginning 8:00 a.m. CST on August 3rd through 8:00 a.m. CST August 17th, you can enter to win a 2013/2014 Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner over on 3 Boys and a Dog!

Happy Planning and Organizing!

Disclosure: Life in a House of Testosterone received this product free of charge for purposes of this review. I received no compensation for this publication. All opinions are my own and may differ from your own or those stated in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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