#StudiousSeptember: Busy Schedule Organization

26 Sep

Staying organized and having good time management is really hard, especially after coming back from summer break. I know that it’s definitely one of the things I struggle with the most: balancing classes, work, homework, and extracurricular activities. But this year I really made it a priority to manage my time well and stay more organized on a weekly basis and for the whole semester. Through a lot of trial and error, this semester I’ve really figured out what works for me to keep myself organized and on top of things. While what works best for me might not be what works best for you, here are my top tips on how to keep track of everything that’s going on and stay organized for the semester.

  1. Utilize a planner for long-term organization. I’ve always bought planners and then failed to use them past the first week. This semester, though, I’ve been utilizing my planner to keep track of dates of assignments, exams, club meetings, and events. It’s really helped me not only remember what I have going on, but also be proactive in studying and doing assignments. It keeps me aware when I have a busier week coming up to do things in advance. Since I’m in multiple clubs that have lots of weekend events, it’s also helped a lot with scheduling and keeping track of what I have on the weekends.
  2. Use lists for day to day activities. Every week, I make a list of all of the assignments, exams, meetings, and events I have for the upcoming week. Because of this, I don’t forget that I have things due and can plan when to do school work between meetings.
  3. Break up tasks into manageable action steps. “Read pages 30-35 and do the first 5 practice problems” is a lot more specific than “study for math test”. This helps me make the most of study time by having a plan of action and limits a lot of unproductive work time.
  4. It’s ok to say no. Sometimes you can’t attend every club event, study group, or meeting, help that friend, and take on that extra project at work. You can’t always do everything (something that’s been hard for me to learn), and it’s important to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and making sure you have time for yourself.
  5. Plan times during the day for homework and studying and stick to it. If this means reserving a study room in the library for two hours, turning off your phone, putting on headphones to avoid distraction, or just being disciplined, making yourself use a certain block of time will make sure that you get stuff done. It will also free up a lot of other time that would otherwise be wasted and used for procrastination.
  6. Do work in advance. I am the worst procrastinator in the world and constantly put things off until right before they do. This causes stress, late nights, lower caliber work, and sometimes not getting things done. Do your best to do things in advance and save yourself this trouble.

Hopefully these tips help you either stay or get on track for the rest of the semester! I know they’ve helped me.

-Jess

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