How about some help with getting organized?

by Erika Solloway on August 29, 2016

With a new Fall semester quickly approaching, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to get organized in time. Now that you’ve had a leisurely few months of summer, you may be racking your brain trying to come up with ways to get all of your supplies, schedule, housing, meal plan, etc. organized in a timely manner. Don’t stress! These helpful tips can give you a solid starting point to make sure you have a smooth and stress-free transition back to classes.


Set goals, realistic ones!

Make sure that your goals are able to be accomplished. For example, if you know you won’t work out 7 days a week while reading every night and running a side blog while getting a 4.0, don’t add it all to your list and set yourself up for disappointment. Create realistic goals like attending every class, vising your family once a month, doing laundry each Sunday. Hang your goals up in a visible place, like on the fridge or the side of a mirror, to ensure you’re reminded of your responsibilities and to make sure you stay on track. Your sense of accomplishment will be well worth the effort put forth!


Try to not rush in the morning.

I know this may sound awful at first, but waking up a tiny bit earlier will make a WORLD of difference. We can all say it only takes us 30 minutes to get ready and leave for class in the morning, but what about if your outfit is wrinkled? And you can’t find your car keys? Or you get stuck in traffic? All of these things can and will inevitably happen, but there is something you can do about it. Wake up a little bit earlier. If you give yourself some extra time to account for some of life’s surprises, you won’t be stressed out about being late, especially on a day with an exam. Having a stress-free morning can set the tone for a peaceful and organized day.


Pick out your outfit the night before.

Just imagine how easy it would be if you rolled out of bed and already had everything you needed to wear ready to go on your counter. Nothing was wrinkled, you don’t have to go looking through drawers for that one belt you thought you had, and you just cut 15 minutes off your morning routine. Making a habit of this can save you hours each year!


Make a to-do list or keep a planner.

There are some people that can keep everything they need to know in their heads and not write anything down, but unfortunately, most of us are probably not those people. Writing down due-dates way ahead of time can help with planning for the future and keeping you on track in many different aspects of your life. Keeping track of appointments, advisor meetings, errands, and birthdays by having them already written down can take a load off your shoulders since everything is recorded on paper and not floating around in your head.


Make consistent time to study.

Sometimes it may seem that all of your most challenging assignments for every class are due the very same week. By setting aside a bit of time each night to get schoolwork done, assignments may not build up and create all-nighter situations. Studying with friends can make it more fun and you’ll also feel responsible for showing up since someone else is depending on you to be there. If you make it a part of your daily schedule you’ll get into the habit of doing work ahead of schedule and avoiding missing assignments and stressing out over due dates. This can also allow you plenty of time to ask your professor any questions about an assignment instead of realizing you have a question the night before it’s due.


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