Hey guys! Welcome back. Organization is hard, especially in college. Thankfully, after three years of being in college and working so hard to figure it out, I finally did. I am here to share this information with you on how I keep up with everything and keep my life organized. It’s a lot, but I promise it is simpler than it seems. You just have to practice and eventually it will become second nature.
I first want to start out by saying that it’s important to know when to say yes and when to say no. Obviously if you are at work or at school, you can’t tell the person above you that you aren’t going to do what they ask you to do. But when it comes to personal and social things, knowing when to say no is key. You may not be able to hang out with your friends every night of the week. You may not be able to go out some weekends. Don’t put too much on your plate because that is where the negative stress comes from. So with that I want to share with you how I organize my life.
I start with my email. This may seem excessive, but it works for me. I have three emails. I have a personal email, a school email, and a blog email. This helps me keep things separate and know what I need to pay the most attention to. I keep up with all of them on my phone. I set aside a specific time everyday to go through and respond to emails or get rid of the ones I don’t need. I am constantly being updated and things on all emails so it’s good to keep up with them as often as possible, especially because school is starting soon.
If you saw my last post you probably know all about this one. I organize my calendar. I like to do this because it helps me keep up with everything in a neat fashion. I have a planner, but I also use Google Calendar because it gives me a view of the days and I can time-block which is super important. Keeping everything in that calendar allows me to schedule my day with times that way I know exactly what is on my plate and I don’t overdo anything and cause unwarranted stress and anxiety.
This might sound a little silly, but I organize my chores. However, what I have learned about college is if you don’t schedule and organize these things. they might not get done. Sometimes I push them off to the next day or say I will do them later. If I don’t give them a time and set aside some time to do them, they are not “prioritized” and I won’t get them accomplished and then things get bad.
The next thing I organize is fitness. If I don’t have anything specific, I won’t necessarily feel motivated to do this. So I give myself a set time of day to do this. Whether it is morning or evening I always try to get it in because if I don’t, I know it won’t get done. It’s the same as chores in my book.
Obviously organizing school is a big one. In my calendar I put all of my classes and then I set aside time to do assignments, readings, work on papers or projects, and anything else that might need to be done. Also, if I need to go to a professor’s office hours one day or I have a meeting, I put that in when it is needed. Otherwise it will get overwhelming.
I want to disclaim here that I am not completely organized. I’m not perfect. Everything doesn’t always go as planned. But I think this is a good thing for me to follow. Organization and structure is key to me and try to keep up as much as possible. I love planning. It keeps my stress and anxiety at bay and helps me better understand and visualize what my days, weeks, and months look like.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. I hope this helps you as you start or return to college. Let us know if you have any other tips or ideas on staying organized. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!
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