Wait I Have To Do This Myself: How To Stay Organized 101????
The good old days. The days where parents and teachers basically did everything for you. Students had constant reminders to be prepared, stay organized, and get assignments done. Then middle school, high school, and eventually college and beyond creep up and students are expected to do it all on their own. For many students they have never developed the skills, well because basically they didn’t have to. If you are or know a student who needs a crash course on How To Stay Organized 101 here it is.
Use a Planner or Calendar: Keep track of important dates, assignments, exams, and extracurricular activities in a planner or digital calendar. Set reminders to help you stay on top of your schedule.
Create a Study Schedule: Establish a consistent study routine that includes dedicated time for each subject. This will help you manage your time effectively and avoid last-minute cramming.
Organize Your Workspace: Create a clean and clutter-free study area at home. Keep all your school supplies, textbooks, and materials well-organized so you can easily access what you need.
Use Folders and Binders: Use separate folders or binders for each subject to keep your notes, assignments, and handouts organized. Label them clearly for easy identification.
Digital Organization: Organize your computer files and online resources into folders for each subject. Use cloud storage solutions to access your files from anywhere.
Prioritize Tasks: Use the Eisenhower Matrix (urgent vs. important) to prioritize your tasks and focus on what truly matters.
Break Down Tasks: Break large assignments or projects into smaller, manageable tasks. This can prevent feeling overwhelmed and make the work more manageable.
Color Coding: Assign a color to each subject or category in your planner or notes. This visual cue can help you quickly identify different tasks and subjects.
Review and Reflect: Set aside time each week to review your notes, assignments, and what you’ve learned. Reflecting on your progress can help reinforce your understanding.
Use To-Do Lists: Create daily or weekly to-do lists to keep track of tasks. Crossing off completed items can give you a sense of accomplishment.
Minimize Distractions: When studying or working on assignments, minimize distractions by turning off notifications, finding a quiet space, and using website blockers if needed.
Plan Ahead: Anticipate busy periods and plan ahead for exams, projects, and deadlines. Avoid last-minute rushes by working consistently over time.
Seek Help: Don’t hesitate to ask teachers, peers, or parents for help if you’re struggling with a particular subject or task. Seeking assistance can save you time and frustration.