Have you ever felt that there is not enough time during the day and everything is done last minute? Fear not, as Róisín Nestor gives us her top tips in how to be organised for this upcoming semester.
I think it’s safe to say we could all be a bit more organised. Last semester I ordered a visa the week of my flight and gave birthday presents that were 6 months late. There may have been a few last minute assignments to.
Being organised is all about creating good habits, so here is some advice on how to be prepared for this semester:
The first step to being organised is planning. A planner will allow you to prioritise tasks, organise events in advance and avoid commitments clashing. You can get a diary planner for under two euro in Dealz or splash out on a Paperblank. If you’re a tech lover, apps like Timeful allow you to organise your events and to do lists. Timeful even uses algorithms to suggest a schedule for your to do list.
Goals aren’t just for you and your squad. Writing a list of short term goals for the week will help keep you focused. Don’t forget about those long term goals either. Whether it is inter-railing for the summer, learning to ski or an internship, stick them all down on a separate list. This gives you something to aim for and help you to keep working through your short term goals.
Buy a notepad with dividers. You can keep notes for all your modules in the one place and dividers are moveable if one subject requires more room. Write down lecture notes in class so you learn as you go and look back over them that day. One simply does not study while the temptation of Facebook, Twitter and funny videos of children singing ‘Let it Go’ are one click away. Websites like Cold Turkey allow you to temporarily block social media sites. You’ll be amazed how much faster your work gets done when you’re not being distracted.
Time Management Skills
Most college students are juggling friends, family, hobbies, work; all while trying to get a degree and have a good social life. It can be overwhelming at times, but by being more organised you’ll be able to make the most of your day. If you can do something immediately, then do it straight away. If you postpone tasks like replying to an email, you often forget about them. The same goes for assignments. Don’t postpone them thinking you’ve loads of time. The sooner you get started, the sooner you finish and you avoid the stressful all-nighters and panic when the essential books aren’t in the library.
Meal prep as much as possible. You will be less likely to order pizza if you have a wholesome meal half prepared. Good food, exercise and sleep will increase your productivity.
Keep your room and work-space as clean as possible. It’s hard to concentrate with clutter and you’ll have no excuse to procrastinate with a spring clean. Penney’s and IKEA have great storage boxes that are pretty and inexpensive.
If you find yourself pressed for time during the day you might be taking too many things on. Don’t pressure yourself with so many responsibilities that you end up curled up in your duvet unable to face it all. Don’t be afraid to say no if you have too much on your plate. Your mind needs time to unwind and rest so schedule time for all the things you love doing.
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