Getting Organized: Project to Practice

“Organizing is a skill, and anyone can learn it.”

Basically everyone can get it together. We all know that college can keep us pretty busy. Guess what? Habits can help you! Not all habits are bad– building good organizational habits can help you to accomplish your daily goals while creating more time in your day.

MORE TIME = MORE SNACK POSSIBILITIES.

You hooked yet? That’s what I thought. Time to start.

1. GET A PLANNER.

One of the BEST things you can do for yourself is invest in a planner. Planners typically have a monthly, weekly, and daily overview so that you can have optimal control over your schedule. If you’re lucky, they may even come with stickers.

Start by writing in the monthly calendar. Here you’ll want to put down things that definitely won’t change like birthdays, anniversaries, due dates, school holidays, and special events.

In the weekly calendar, jot down larger goals or reminders that can be attained within a seven-day period. Try to refrain from filling this space with day-specific activities. This is the place to remind yourself to make that call to the doctor (that your parents have been bugging you about). It could even include finally confirming plans with that “let’s catch up soon” friend you passed on campus.

The daily section of your planner is designed for you to write down those things that will make your daily routine easier. This could include workouts, study dates, meetings, laundry, meal plans, and–of course–homework.

2. WRITE DOWN THESE DATES.

Fall 2017 DATES

As you can see, the Office of Academic and Advising Services has compiled a list of events and breaks for this semester. Trust me, you’ll want to copy these down. Unless you want to be “that person” who shows up to class only to find out that it’s Thanksgiving Break…

3. GO THROUGH YOUR SYLLABI.

Okay, so hopefully you’ve already done this (we’re pretty far into the semester, ya know!). If you haven’t found the time yet, you are NOT doomed, but this is your chance!

We all slip up from time to time, but playing the clueless student isn’t so charming when all of the information was typed out and printed for you.

So, take 15 minutes to go through your syllabi for the semester. Get a feel for what “Thermal Systems Analysis” even is (???). Write down important due dates. Double-check your textbooks. Read the words in bold. Figure out how the grading scale works. And please, if nothing else, learn your professor’s name.

4. WRITE DOWN YOUR FINALS.

How else would you know when not to study???????

Finals for this upcoming semester can be found here on the Registrar’s Office website!

5. HOLE-PUNCH EVERYTHING.

Has your binder ever looked like this?

messy binder

It happens, but it doesn’t have to. When you get a paper, hole-punch it that same day and put it right into those binder rings. That way, papers (probably) won’t fall out, and your binder (probably) won’t fall apart. You’ll also know exactly where your papers are in a moment of crisis and you won’t have to sift through your papers every time your professor asks you to pull out a worksheet.

6. USE YOUR PHONE.

I’m serious. Why not utilize the one thing that we all keep on us 24/7?

Your phone can help you out with reminders if you aren’t able to physically write down an event in the moment. It can help you get places on time with a handy-dandy alarm. It allows you to add things to your calendar or send that important email that you just cannot forget to do. It also has a built in notebook for those random thoughts and ideas you get at the most inconvenient times. Using your phone can be for much more than leisure, so keep that in mind next time your stranded without your planner!

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