As a university student in the final year of my degree I would like to think that I have picked up some good tips and tricks on staying organised over the past three years. Now I am not perfect and there are times when I do assignments the night before and just get overwhelmed with the work load. But so far, my final year is looking pretty organised, so here are some of my top tips on staying organised as a student.
Keep a diary: I am one of those people who loves diaries and notebooks and I usually have a few on the go at once. But keeping a diary whether it be for lesson times, work shifts, assignment deadlines, I guarantee it will help. You don’t have to use a paper diary though. If you prefer things down in writing then a physical diary may be the best thing for you. But if you are an on the going type of person you might be better off using the diary in your phone or a diary app. Or why not try both like me.
Make Lists: I am a list lover! Whether it is a food shopping list, a to do list or just a list of blog post ideas I make them! If you have a day off and you have lots of things you need to get done then make a list. The satisfaction of ticking things off one by one will spur you on to get everything done. If you have a lot to do during the week then make a list for that week and aim to get it done by the weekend.
Set Goals and Deadline: Along with the idea of making lists, setting goals and deadlines for yourself really help. I could be something simple like how you can’t have your chocolate bar until you finish everything on your list, or something like a new pair of shoes if you go to the gym every day for a month.
Deadlines are also great because it gives you a time frame. Ideally don’t set your work deadline for the night before it’s due in. If you are doing and essay why not aim for a word count per day.
Plan ahead: If you keep a diary this can be made a lot easier. If you know you are going to have a busy week with work, university an other commitments then plan ahead. Sit down and decide which specific days you will dedicate to university work, doing the food shop, cleaning the house etc. If you have a plan then you are more likely to get things done.
Keep your desk tidy: Having a tidy desk, and a tidy room for that matter, can really help motivate you. When I clean my room I love to just sit down at my desk and get stuff done. It makes me feel positive and productive. But when my room is a mess I’d much rather sit in bed and watch Netflix.
Keeping your desk tidy and your notes in a specific place will also make it easier when you need to do work and find your notes from a few weeks, maybe even months back.
Set a bedtime: I cannot stress how important sleep is to being organised. Getting a decent amount of rest prepares you for the day ahead. Not only will you feel more awake during your lessons, but you are less likely to be rushing around in the morning and end up forgetting something.
Do it the night before: Now I’m not talking about that assignment you’ve been putting off for weeks. No, I’m on about your bag, notes, lunch and clothes. Whether you are going to the gym after lectures or off to the library for a study session, packing your bag the night before will make things so much easier in the morning.
Those are my tips and tricks on staying organised whether it be at university, school or at work. Let me know what you do to stay organised and on top of things in the comments.
© Emmi Bowles