I’m sure that you guys have figured out just how obsessed little old me, R2, is obsessed with Pinterest, markers, hand-lettering, calendars, staying organized, procrastinating and stickers! Hehe My list could go on, but we would be here forever, so I’ll stick to the basics. It’s not always easy to stay on top of everything that you need to get done, whether it be for school, work or just plain old life, but having a game plan makes it just that much easier to accomplish everything that you need to, especially if it involves stickers! On this week’s blog post, I’ll share with you all the tips and tricks I use in order to stay on top of my university workload, endless papers and readings! Read on!
- First off, GET AN AGENDA! Slot out some time in your day, colour code and write everything down in the agenda ESPECIALLY the important dates.
- Highlighters!!! When you have colours, what can go wrong?! This allows you to quickly organise, but also spot the things you need to, it can defo be a time saver!
- Stickers, Stickers, Stickers. Get yourself a pack of stickers that have the basics; birthdays, tests, appointments and so forth. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a sucker for getting them and attempting to use the least amount of them as possible. I don’t want to run out, because they’re so pretty!
Uni Musts & Basics
- Have a game plan for your studies, especially with the 4+ classes that you will have, it’s very important that you try to develop some form of schedule/routine when it comes to which homework you will do what day or in which order.
- Markers/Sharpies or PaperMates (wtv tickles your fancy) of various colours. Colour coding your classes is LIFE! It makes it easier for you to locate the homework you need to do when, that you will no longer find yourself searching frantically for what you have to do when, because you know that English is Red and Psychology is Blue…you get the point.
- Read a Book. Get a simple, easy to read, good book. Sometimes your brain just needs to digress from all the higher-education babble that is coming at you, Monday-Friday from sun up until sundown. Just taking a break and allowing your mind to rest allows you to remain focused on the important things, but it also just gives you a break, you’re welcome😚.
- Have a Calendar handy. Even though you have an agenda, that you may or may not carry along with you, everywhere you go, it’s always good to have more than one form of calendar present. I may just be obsessed…or just a tad bit overly organized…who knows, but I have 1 agenda, a full calendar on my phone (with daily, to weekly, to a monthly notification(s)😉), as well as a calendar right by my bedroom door. And Yes, its colour-coded as well (I’m not ashamed to admit it).
- Really sturdy backpack or book bag. If you’re going to be lugging that thing around with you, it NEEDS to be sturdy and support your back…or else what’s the point?
- I make detailed and colourful Notebooks, I use Microsoft OneNote, where I can make “notebooks” for all of my subjects and have all of my notes right in one place. It’s also a great space saver on your laptop or phone! I saw this girl using it one of my classes, and I have never used anything else since. Yes, you could use Google Docs or Word, but sometimes having everything in one place, and sectioned out by colour and class, you will have a much easier time finding what you need. You can make multiple “notebooks” and pages, which allows you to write notes on your readings and have a separate page (if you choose) for your class notes. I have everything right at my fingertips.. literally, so why not try it?
- For studying, I use PowerPoint and an app called Quizlet. Quizlet allows you to put all your notes on an electronic q-cards and the website asks whether you want it to match the terms with definitions, flashcards and so forth. And if you’re feeling generous, you can even share your personal study guide with others in your class.
This may all sound wordy and full of to-dos, but once you start, you get into a routine/ habit, which makes it easier to perform such tasks. You don’t have to follow these suggestions just for school, I’m sure that they would be of great use to you within your work-life as well.
What types of programs do you use to stay organized and on top of the hustle and bustle of life?