Being in college is challenging. You have to deal with various stressors, including keeping high marks in your challenging classes, building relationships with professors, forging networks with classmates, balancing a job, saving money, keeping your family happy by maintaining continual communication, etc.
The only way you can manage all of your endeavors, not only in college but also life in general, is if you’re organized. Here are 5 organizational tips to help you while you’re in college (use them!):
Use a Planner
Pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people still aren’t using an organizational device like this one. You can use a hard copy planner or digital, whatever you’re most comfortable with. Sometimes both might be necessary. A calendar that you can visually see on your wall will be a great supplement to the calendar you have online and on your phone. You can use your digital planner easily when needing to modify plans, and put your more “set in stone” plans on your printed calendar.
Determine your Goals
Whether we state it or not, we’re generally always trying to achieve goals. If you’re in college, your end goal is to graduate. To graduate, however, setting more short-term goals is critical to getting to the podium and accepting your degree. Think about short and long term goals and what sorts of things you need to do to cross them off your list.
Manage Your Time Efficiently
How many times have your heard that before? Well, I can almost assure you that you’ll continue to hear it for the rest of your life. This organizational tip goes hand in hand with using a planner. Perhaps you’ll want to use your planner to determine how much time to spend on each one of your daily tasks. Prioritize the tasks and establish how many minutes, hours, days, etc. each will take. Once you have that determined you’ll be able to manage your time in a way that will minimize stress.
Routines help us get through both menial and challenging tasks. Typically, a lot of what we do seamlessly fall into routines. If not, try to fold them into your daily routine naturally. That’s the only way you’ll efficiently accomplish the tasks on your list, and ultimately meet your short and long-term goals.
Set Time Aside for Yourself
This is easier said than done, especially when you’re almost maxed out on time. When you’re building out your digital calendar, set some time aside for “me” time. This includes going to the gym, walks outside, pampering at a spa, joining an inner league sports team, socializing with friends, etc. Try to really disconnect from anything that is a potential stressor so that you can actually relax and decompress. If you don’t do this, you’ll burn yourself out and nothing will be accomplished efficiently if at all.
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