It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I actually realized I should start keeping some sort of planner or schedule. This was probably a pretty natural conclusion for many of you, but throughout high school I was sure that I could just remember everything. As I’m sure you can guess, there were far too many days I’d show up to class, remember there was homework due, and manage to write down some poorly thought-out piece of homework that vaguely resembled the assignment. Although this usually 🙂 worked in high school, I soon realized that this was not gonna fly in college. So, speaking as a former mess, here are my tips to stay on top of your work. Trust me, if you’re doing all of this you’re going to be freeing up a lot of your time!
You’re going to need a planner. Most stationary shops are going to have a solid planner with a basic layout, but honestly I don’t find those very helpful. I really prefer to have an hour-by-hour schedule because I hate the look of dates crowding my to-do list. Because I have some pretty strict criteria for planners, I use an Erin Condren Life Planner. I’ll be honest, they’re a little pricey, but right now they’re having a 25% off site-wide promo you can use!
Syllabi…I’m sure you noticed that at the beginning of the first class, your teacher gives out the assignment schedule and class expectations for the entire semester. Now you could toss it in the trash as you walk out of the class room, but BEFORE you do that, look for the page with all the key dates for big projects. Copy all of that down into your planner so you don’t get caught off guard later on.
I don’t procrastinate. This is probably one of the hardest things to do, but cutting out procrastination has freed up so much of my time that I almost have too much time on my hands. My class schedule was made so that I have a load of classes on Monday and Thursday, but then my others days are mostly free. Because of this, I devote my Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings to completing all of my homework. By doing this, I barely have work on the weekends, and on Fridays I don’t have any homework looming over my head. This is, without a doubt, the easiest way to see a major change in your study habits.
Keep a journal! In addition to my planner, I like to keep a little Moleskin so I can easily write down my to-do lists and ideas. I like that it doesn’t have to be organized like my planner, and I can easily write down more immediate tasks. If you’re not into any pre-formatted planner designs, you can also use a journal for bullet journaling. Here is a good article on this technique.
Let me know if you use any of these techniques! I’d love to hear what you do to stay organized!Remember to subscribe!