Can you believe we’re already a few weeks into the new semester? I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about the spring semester that always leaves me feeling a little unprepared and disorganized.
Being organized is incredibly important for us students. Without good organization skills, chances are you will struggle and have a difficult time getting things done.
Personally, I hate feeling disorganized, so today I’m going to be sharing twelve simple ways to stay organized and be more productive this semester.
1 | Get a planner
Seriously. Get a planner. I ignored this advice for the longest time, but trust me, it will make your life so much easier. When I finally buckled down and started a bullet journal, my whole world changed. I don’t struggle to remember things as much as I used to because everything is all laid out neatly in front of me.
2 | Make daily to-do lists
Set aside some time to make a to-do list each morning. This will give you a good idea of what the day will entail and how heavy your workload will be. If you struggle with putting an unrealistic number of tasks on your to-do list, focus on three priority tasks each day and just do your best to complete those.
3 | Clean out your bag each week
My backpack can become a war zone pretty fast during the semester. Teachers always seem to hand out papers at the last minute of class and I have a bad habit of just shoving them in my bag so I can get out as quickly as possible. Set aside some time each week to sort the papers in your backpack and throw away the garbage you’ve accumulated.
4 | Make a schedule for weekly tasks
There are some things that need to be done on a weekly basis, such as cleaning. Try creating a schedule for these recurring tasks so that you’re not constantly having to add them to your to-do list. Instead, you’ll simply have a set schedule for the week that you can look at to see what you should be doing that day.
5 | Put things away as you use them
As you use things, be mindful about putting them back where they go. This is one of the easiest things you can implement to improve your organization, and once it becomes a consistent habit it will start to make a huge difference in your life.
6 | Tidy up for 5 minutes a day
This is another easy tip that will save you so much time each week. Get in the habit of taking five or so minutes a night to tidy up and make sure everything is in its regular place. Not only is this just a good habit to have, but it will also drastically reduce the amount of time it’ll take to clean up at the end of the week.
7 | Keep your workspace clean
I don’t know about you, but it is super difficult for me to get any work done in a messy and unorganized space. It’s important to keep your workspace tidy so you can focus completely on the task at hand rather than being distracted by clutter.
8 | Write things down
As students, we have a lot on our minds. From homework, to clubs, to meetings, to hanging out with friends, we’re always thinking about something. Make it a habit to write these things down throughout the day. This will remind you of what you need to get done and help you remember those random little thoughts you may have.
9 | Tackle one thing at a time
When you have a million things to do, it can be tempting to try to multitask, but it’s just not worth it. You’ll never be as efficient while multitasking as you would be by focusing on one thing at a time. We all have days when we think we’ll never make it through our to-do list, but by tackling one task at a time, you are improving your efficiency.
10 | Use reminders
Reminders are amazing. Take advantage of them. Sometimes, just having things written on your calendar isn’t enough. Setting reminders for things that you absolutely cannot miss is a great way to ease your stress and help ensure that you make it on time.
11 | Set monthly goals
Setting goals every month is a great way to make sure you’re on the right track to achieving your bigger goals. This is something I’ve started doing recently and I love it because it helps me stay focused with my blog as well as my schoolwork.
12 | Prep the night before
Preparing the night before is such an easy way to stay organized. There are actually a lot of things you can do ahead of time, such as packing your bag, picking out your clothes, planning your breakfast (you could even go ahead and make it), etc. This is especially useful on mornings you are strapped for time.
Staying organized as a college student is important if you want to excel. It can be difficult at times, but by implementing a few simple things here and there, you will eventually start to notice lots of small improvements in your life.
Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂