11 March 2016

Staying Organised as a Student?


It's almost impossible to be an organised student. Those two words simply don't want to be joined together... But hopefully, by the end of this post you'll have some idea of how to stay somewhat organised.

Schedule...Schedule...Schedule

It's important to capture everything. Whether that be on paper or digitally. At the moment I'm using a digital calendar - Sunrise - but I'm debating whether to get another Iconic Planner. Really it doesn't matter whether you use paper or your phone, just make it something you'll always have on you. If you want to have a huge A4 sized planner, that's cool, but you might need a smaller pocket size or use your phone for some things. 

Remember to write down:
  1. Classes and assignment deadlines
  2. Library book due dates
  3. Lunch dates and nights out
  4. Laundry and shopping days
  5. Rent due dates

The last two are especially important! Have a cleaning and food schedule, then you can manage to stick to it even when you're close to a deadline. Never let your cleaning pile up... or your food run out! I personally do my washing at least once a week - and washing gym/swimming kit as soon as I get in - and shopping is ordered on Sundays to be delivered on Mondays. I eat according to an open meal plan I create on a Sunday, then order food around this. 

Stop Saying "Yes"

Stop agreeing to all of those social arrangements that are right before your tests, or your essay deadlines. You don't have time for them. Don't try to make time, this is not the smartest move! If you want to party or have a lunch date, organise it for just after your work has been handed in... then you can celebrate!

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Every time I write an essay, I know I have to be in exactly the right mood and then I can write the entire thing in a day. But I can't force it. If I write on a day when I'm not ready, I need to go out and do something else and come back to it. 

Everyone is different, just because something works for a friend doesn't mean it will for you! So practice and see what suits you. Remember you're learning for yourself!

At the end of the day, so much of being organised is about knowing yourself and appreciating that you're not superwoman/man. Don't over-do it and don't let your own personal health slide when it comes to deadlines!

Have a great day everyone, and if you're supposed to be studying... get back to it!

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