#Review: #OrderOutOfChaos – Academic Planner, Time Management Book


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review, I was sent both a book on time management and an academic planner from Order Out of Chaos. I have previously reviewed other items of theirs, and was excited to support a company whose mission I’ve always supported.

I had intended on having this review posted prior to the beginning of the school year, but school has certainly started in this hemisphere by this time of the year. Perhaps this will serve as a reminder for something parents/students might like next year, or perhaps it’s the right time to upgrade to a better academic planner now to help your child succeed this school year. It’s never too late to make changes and start fresh!

“What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management?”

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As a teen who was the worst with time management, or maybe I was just a master at procrastination, I thought this book would speak to readers who have teens and want to tips on how to best help them succeed. I was planning on going into more detail about the book, but you’ll just have to find out more for yourself here.

In short, this book gives helpful tips to parents to help their teens succeed. These are great skills to help your child master now, so that they have the skills when going off to college where they will begin to fully rely on themselves. College professors don’t care if you didn’t get your work done because you managed your time poorly! Start your teens off managing themselves for a more successful schooling future.

I know when I was reading through this book, I found a couple tips that would have been useful for me back in my schooling years. Of course, much of my trouble came from knowing what I needed to do, but then taking the get-up-and-go to do it. I plan to donate this book to the school my mom works out, which recently added middle school grade to their school. This book will be helpful for parents of those students.


Academic Planner


I previously reviewed an older addition of this Academic Planner from Order Out Of Chaos, and was interested in giving the newly released version a try. (Just noticed that first review I did was 3 years ago!) I like that these planners are full 8.5 x 11 sized, rather than the smaller version available. I think that smaller ones fit in purses better, but for academic purposes, I believe think the larger sized is helpful for many students. This planner is designed specifically to break down each class a student has an identify what needs to be complete for each day. (I use to use my planned to indicate what homework I needed to do, when tests were, etc.). There are also useful sections for planning bigger projects and making goals for your learning.

Aside from its purpose as being a useful academic planner, his planner also works if you have multiple aspects of your life that you like to plan/organize. This planner has been working wonderfully for me as a means of keeping track of my personal, blog, and work deadlines and appointments. It would also work quite well if you have a couple children and a spouse’s schedule to keep track of in addition to your own, each person gets their own line.


Overall, I quite like both the book and this planner. If you have students who struggle with organization and time management (or even if they don’t), I’d recommend checking out both of these helpful tools. I know my school always gave out planners, but they weren’t as useful as this.


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Teenagers Getting Married, Having Children


I wrote this post a couple months ago but never published it. I’m currently clearing out all of my drafts and either deleting or publishing posts. Maybe someday I’ll post a bit of my high school senior graduation project, it was focused on the pregnancy aspect of this post.

I realize this post is a somewhat controversial topic. I welcome your opinions in the comment section, so long as you are respectful.

“If your age still has the “teen” suffix attached, you are far to young to be married or have children.
Sometimes I just want to scream “SLOW DOWN!” to everyone. Children should not being having children. Children should not being getting married.
Before I was sexually active, I chose not to go about telling people that “it’s really not that hard to not get pregnant”. I wasn’t on birth control or sexually active, so I was never placed in a situation to properly understand, therefore I chose not to really talk about it. Now that I am sexually active and responsible for taking my birth control and preventing unwanted pregnancies, I do not, or rather can not, understand how someone could be so entirely irresponsible. (Setting aside the 1% ineffectiveness of birth control and other situations that are not in your hands.) Otherwise, I just do not understand. To me it has always seemed so incredibly selfish to bring a child into this world when you are not stable enough in your own life to create a stable life for your child.

I understand that it’s possible some of my readers were married young and had children young. I am not trying to offend you on a personal level. I am just expressing my views. I encourage you to leave a comment below expressing your views (I just ask that you do not personally attack me, as I have not done so to you. If we are all mature about this, I feel we can have a healthy discussion. Sometimes it’s nice to hear the other side of issues. We can always agree to disagree and remain civil.) 

Life is not a race.

Perhaps in the future I will talk more about this topic now that I have broken the ice, I just don’t want to lose readers by coming on too strong in the beginning, or talking about anything like this too often.

Thanks for experimenting with me.