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Staying organized in college is the key to success, and I suck at staying organized.
Starting the new semester I made it a goal of mine to stay more organized and make sure I am aware of every deadline in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Everyone’s organizational system is different and it takes a while to figure out what works best, but I think the system I have now is pretty good and I have loved it so far. Here’s what I do to stay organized in college:
- Google Calendar
Google calendar is my absolute holy grail, without it I wouldn’t know what to do. I have tried paper planners in the past and they just do not work for me, at all. So this year I decided to try google calendar for all my assignments, exams and meetings I have. I find that in the middle of class when the professor is giving important information in reference to deadline, it is easier to pull up my calendar on my phone or laptop and put it in. Google calendar also offers a to-do list which is right next to the calendar so I can easily put in things I need to get done while looking at the week ahead and what I have due.
This may be a given but using different folders for each class has made it easier when looking for different handouts or assignments. I have a different color for every class which makes it easier to visualize what folder goes to what class. In addition I use a five-star three subject notebook which provides a divider between each subject allowing me to easily use it for all of my classes!
- Keeping my desk clean
This is extremely hard for me because I tend to just throw random things on my desk leaving it a mess at the end of the day. I start my morning by cleaning up everything and putting it where it belongs because when my desk is clean and organized it makes me feel more productive and ready for the day. Keeping your workspace clean is so important because often if your workspace is constantly a mess, so are you and that is not a good lifestyle to live.
As I said before I color code my folders according to class, I do the same with my calendar. I color code events into different categories like; homework, exams, meetings tasks and so on. I assign a different color to each category which makes viewing my calendar a lot easier because I know what needs to have priority for the week and what things can wait. You can also do this in a written planner!
- Assignment Spreadsheet
Last semester when I got all my syllabi, I went through and made a google spreadsheet and went week by week putting what was due in the class on what day. This was super helpful and I was able to cross things out and color code them so it was easy to pick out what was important and priority for that week. I also would track my grades as well by putting a column for what I received on the assignment which made it easy to visualize how I was doing and in what classes I needed to work harder in.
What ways do you stay organized in high school/college?
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