The Keys to Staying Organized

Are you finding yourself stressed out already this semester, and realizing we’re only three weeks into school? Time to take a break and get your self organized. Here’s how:

  • Don’t overload your schedule. Extra school activities, PRSSA for example, can be very beneficial for all of us. But, make sure you’re not trying to balance being on the cheer team, debate team, having a job, and going to school all the while. If you put your energy into one group you’ll end up seeing more success and feeling more satisfied with your schedule.
  • USE A STUDENT PLANNER. This can’t be stressed enough. I don’t know how I would have survived seven semesters of college without one. It can fit your personality, have a super funky design, or you can even use the normal “Gopher Guide.” Either way, a planner is essential and don’t feel like a dork for having one.
  • Write things down. I’ve found that it’s easiest to take all of your syllabi and mark down important dates at the beginning of the semester. Tests, readings, quizzes, and anything else should be written down. This will help you stay on top of things, and will hopefully help you procrastinate less.
  • Eat your vegetables first. Okay… not literally. Imagine yourself out to dinner. If you ate your dessert before your vegetables, what would you have to look forward to? Do the same for all of your homework and studying. Try tackling the hardest and least fun tasks first, so you know you’re on the way to an easier finish.
  • REWARD YOURSELF! This is important. After a hard week of school, it’s important to unwind. Whether that unwinding is heading out to Dinkytown for a night out with friends, or staying in and renting a movie, it’s important to take a break from all things school related.
Good luck!

This post was written and posted by Kelsey Darnall (@KelseyJDarnall).

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