15 Quick Ways to Stay Organized
Updated: Jan 28
Imagine walking into class and the professor says, "Ok. Put everything away beside a sheet of paper and a pencil." You then begin to look around like you are crazy, asking yourself, "what test? I didn't know we had a test!" Well, this happened to me, my freshman year at Kennesaw State. After totally bombing that test, I told myself I need to buckle down, so I will never be that ill-prepared again.
When it comes to keeping our schedule in order, all of us can get a little scatterbrained at times. With everything going on in our lives, some things may fall between the cracks and left by the waste side. I discovered becoming a more organized individual will help make life much less stressful, help you become more active, productive, and improve peace of mind.
This organization list seems long and hard, but you do not have to enforce all of these steps in your life. I have struggled with my overcompensation of trying to make sure everything in my life runs smoothly, but that is not the way life works. The goal of this post was for you to take a few steps that work for you and add them to your overall life. So, here are 15 quick tips that help me stay organized in college.
So, what are some ways that you stay organized? Hit up the comment box below and let me know!
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Buy a calendar
I always have my calendar handy on me. It is an important necessity so that I will never forget about an exam, meeting, or event. I also bought stickers for my calendar, because I like to decorate and I will be more inclined to use them. Mom always told me to kept a calendar, but I never really listened until I became older.
Print out Syllabuses
Printing out syllabuses is important to schedule out tests and papers to know when to start preparing for them. I highlight the important dates on the syllabus, such as exams and paper due dates, and then put them in my calendar.
Organize binder by classes
Organizing papers and notes by classes are helpful to always find them if you need them for studying. I used to throw all my papers together from different classes and when I needed a specific one, it took what seemed like forever to find it. This leads me to waste time and become less productive.
Make a "To-Do List"
When making my "To-Do List," I make sure that I have the important items listed first and minor task last.
Accomplish One Thing a Day
I have a series of tasks that I need to accomplish for the week, and it helps if I put my mind to make sure I get at least one or more of those items checked off my list of things to do.
Set a day and time for groceries
I go grocery shopping once a week. I also try to meal prep by cooking frozen burritos for breakfast, making snacks and dinner for the week.
Set outfit out the night before
I have to wake up at 6 in the morning three days a week. So, taking time to pick out an outfit is irritating and does not leave a lot of time for makeup or breakfast.
Invest in a chalk/draw erase board
Put a board on your wall, so when you wake up in the morning you will be able to see the activities you will have to do.
Book Time in Library Study Rooms
When I wanted to make the dean’s list and raise my GPA, the first thing I did was hit the library. Setting aside 30-45 minutes a day will help achieve academic success. I know it did for me. My semester GPA was 3.75 and I made the dean’s list!
Schedule for cleaning/laundry
Having a messy room can lead to disorganization of the mind because everything around your room is unorganized and unkempt. Whether it is taking 10 minutes each day or having a special cleaning day, make sure your room is always has a "Perfect and Positive Atmosphere".
See it... pick it up
Always keep the motto "If you see it, pick it up". When walking around your apartment/ dorm if you see anything out of place, pick it up and put it where it belongs. This helps the cleaning up process and stops your space from looking messy and cluttered.
Getting enough sleep/Daily naps
When you become an adult, you soon wish you had those Kindergarten nap times. I honestly can not go a day with my 30 to 45-minute nap. To ensure that I do not oversleep, I always set my alarm, so I can wake up and continue about my day. Also, set a time on your alarm to remind you it is time to go to bed. I need at least 6 hours of sleep because the brain works half as fast when you are deprived of sleep.
Check email 2-3 times a day
Checking emails for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can help by making sure you do not miss any important class/school announcements and assignments.
Sunday is rest/prepare the day
When it comes to Sunday, it is always my lazy day. My whole mission on Sunday's is to make sure I am prepared for Monday's. This can include cleaning, studying/homework, cooking, and grocery shopping.
Maintaining physical, emotional, and mental health
It is not selfish to put yourself first. I use my on-campus resources and go to counseling. I also try to make sure I exercise three times a week and cut back on eating out. I like to try new things and step out of my comfort zone. At the end of the day, make sure you are doing things that are for the betterment by staying involved in activities you enjoy, which maintains your physical, emotional, and mental health.