7 Organizational Ideas for Students

Getting your life in order can put you on the path to success

If your to-do list is growing and you’re finding it challenging to balance work, school, and personal time, it’s more than your daily schedule that suffers. Organizing your life will help you make more time for yourself, keep you balanced, reduce the stress, and can lead to more accomplishments. Here are seven tips to help you clean the clutter in your life.

Get up and get going

Do you find it hard to wake up in the morning? You’re not alone! But if you determine a regular wake up time, your body will naturally adjust and lessen the pain of waking up in the morning. If you need to set an alarm, move it away from your bed, so you have to get up to turn it off. That movement will prevent you from hitting the snooze button and delaying the start of your day.

Develop a schedule

Are you a night owl or a morning person?  Do you take the time to exercise? Life can get hectic. The more you schedule your time, the likelier you are to ensure you get the proper amount of sleep and exercise, you’re eating three healthy meals a day, and you have sufficient time to devote to studying. Try not to overextend yourself by signing up for too many activities.

Make goals for yourself

Are you looking at the big picture? Do you have a clear idea of what needs to get done each day? Set achievable goals for yourself at the beginning of the year and write them down to remind yourself where you want your life to head. Every day create to-do lists, so you know exactly what you need to accomplish.

Keep a calendar

Do you have a hard time keeping track of all your activities? Use one calendar for all your school and personal commitments to avoid conflicts. You may want to devise a color-coding system to help manage your time. For example, use red to mark any upcoming tests, orange to signal study time, green for personal activities, etc. Using colors can give you a quick, visual idea of what lies ahead, so you can manage your time more effectively.   

Make a proper workspace

Do you have a quiet, clean space designated for studying? Set up a well-lit space where you have room to keep all your schoolwork in one place. Create folders for each class and periodically go through papers to eliminate ones you no longer need, to avoid creating too much clutter.

Avoid distractions

When you devote time to studying, try to minimize distractions. Your phone, music, and televisions can keep you from focusing. When you avoid distractions you may be surprised at how much you get done in a shorter amount of time.

Plan ahead

Do you miss appointments or run late because you can’t find your shoes in the morning? Taking 10 to 15 minutes at the end of each day to plan for the next can help you cut down on wasted time. Plan your outfit; pack your bag so you don’t head out of your house without pens, pencils, and notebooks; and review your schedule. Set up your phone to give you reminders, so you aren’t late or miss any appointments.

We hope these tips give you some useful ways to keep your busy life on track, so you can meet all your academic needs and still have time to hang out with your friends!

This post is part of the weekly blog of Seacoast Career Schools where we aim to help support our students in all aspects of their daily lives as they work toward a new career. Interested in a professional training program in the healthcare industry? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour at one of our two New England locations.

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