Here are some simple yet effective tips that will turn you to an organized student in no time.
Being a student is naturally hard. There is the pressure of deadlines and teachers/lecturers to deal with. Then there are extracurricular activities which you must engage in if you want to be seen as someone with a balanced life. Life as a student is hard and the only way you can survive is if you get organized.
To get organized, you have to develop good habits and maintain these habits. Here are some simple yet effective tips that will turn you to an organized student in no time.
1. Develop a routine
Routines are frowned at by most young people. It makes you seem predictable and boring but what it actually does is help you manage your time. Constancy is key in achieving success. Begin by writing down your general weekly schedule; your timetable for school, when you will do your assignments, when you will read, when you will exercise, when you will go for club meetings and so on.
It is not possible to keep to your routine 100% of the time, but do not let this hold you back, set up and focus on your routine and make effort to keep to it and watch yourself succeed.
2. Write things down
Even if you have a photographic memory, write it down. Struggling to remember everything can be stressful. It is best to make a habit of writing down every and any event, meeting, idea, and things you need to do. Use a notebook or planner or try an app. When you write everything down, your anxiety reduces greatly, as you don’t rely only on your brain as a storage device, knowing you can check back on what needs to be done whenever you want to.
3. Give yourself deadlines
Give yourself deadlines before the actual deadline and put them in your planner or calendar or whatever app you are using. Having your own induces the right type of pressure and reduces stress for you as a student. There is also a strong probability that you would submit your best work. Do not treat the actual deadline as the deadline. Let your own deadline be days before and treat it accordingly.
4. Work on one task at a time; do not multitask
Multitasking is encouraged because it seems like a good idea. You can pretend you are working twice as hard in a shorter period of time, killing two birds with a stone. The problem is that it does not always yield the best outcome. So, if you want to study and clean, do one before the other.
5. Do not overwhelm yourself
If you want to be organized, you can’t say yes to everything; you will always have to make sacrifices. Do not compromise your schedule for unnecessary or flimsy reasons. Decide on the boundaries you want to set for yourself; how many times you want to go out with friends each week, how many days you will devote to extracurricular activities. Then prepare to say no to protect these boundaries and do not feel guilty when you say no!