HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE IN COLLEGE
Life in college is not an easy one. There are always things to do. If you are not reading, you are working on an assignment or attending to some extra curriculum activities. College can make a crap of even the most focused student.
The trick my friend, is organization. If you can learn to organize yourself, you will be able to balance academics with other activities. I know that planning time and getting organized is really difficult for some people. But, if you must have a productive and fun time in college, you must learn to plan your time and become organized life in college.
Here are some of the things you can do to get life in college in order
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Begin by creating a schedule. Make a list of all the lectures you have to attend that semester and all the other activities you will be involved with.
Before you begin, find out what days and time you will be attending your various lectures, club activities, religious activities and every other major activity you can think of. Get a note book that suits this purpose and make a timetable.
After you have done this, plan other minor activities around this. Don’t forget to allocate time for working on assignments, studying, working out and cleaning. Feel free to add and subtract anything. The big idea is to have a schedule – something that will guide you as well as help you manage your time.
You can draw up a new one every week or even every month, so that you can easily accommodate changes throughout the semester.
MAKE A TO-DO-LIST
Another way to get organized and to accomplish your tasks for the day is to make a to-do-list. From your schedule, you will see the important tasks you have to do such as writing an essay, preparing for a test or making a presentation. You could make a list of these things, putting the most urgent task at the top.
Also write the deadline beside each task so that you are reminded of how urgent they are. You could just write this on a paper and pin it up or use the note App and alarm system on your smart phone. But, do not use the two at the same time to avoid confusion. I must also advice that your list be reachable anytime you want to take a look at it again.
WAKE UP EARLY
Another way to stay organized is to wake up early every day. If you stay in bed longer than you should, your precious time will be wasted. When you finally leave your bed you will find that you have limited time to do everything you have to do for the day. At the end of the day, you don’t get most things done.
DO NOT PUT OFF ANYTHING
If you procrastinate on doing something, chances are you will not get that thing done until the dying minute. This will definitely give you untold stress. My advice is, don’t put off anything you know you can do then. You don’t want to lose your precious night rest doing an assignment you are to submit in the morning, all because you put off doing it for a while.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
Always prepare for the day the night before. Also take a few hours on Sunday to prepare for a new week.
Finally, keep all the things you need that day where you can find them. You don’t want to waste precious time searching for things when you need them. And don’t forget to take a break.