Students! Keep organized with these simple planning and schedule management tips
Some students seem to “have it all together.” They are never late for a class, never have to borrow a pencil, and never miss a deadline. Instead of seething with jealousy over their Martha Stewart-like ability to coordinate their classwork while still finding the time and energy to crochet handmade book-covers out of recycled wool, consider how such a student keeps organized in the first place.
Practice Proper Planning
Some people are natural planners. They make lists, have their Christmas cards ready to post the day after Thanksgiving, and buy thoughtful presents for all the major gifting-giving occasions years in advance. Then there are the rest of us. Fortunately, planning is an art form and, like so many of the fine arts, it can be learned.
The first step for in a proper planning protocol is to decide on a way to track events.
Put it on Paper
Some people still use paper for their planning purposes. If you are the type who swoons at the thought of a blank page just waiting to be scrawled on, you may be a Paper Person. Paper People prefer to put pen to page rather than stare at a screen and peck at computer keys. If this sounds like you, consider investing in a serious planner that allows you to indulge in the joy of neatly printing each task.
Download the Data
For those who break out in a cold sweat at all the thought of having to put down their smart phone long enough to actually write something down (shudder), there are apps available to keep track of assignments, appointments, and engagements. Simply download the app, type in the info, and schedule reminders. As long as you keep your phone charged, you can stay on track.
Pavlov was onto Something?
Sure, Pavlov’s experiment involved drooling dogs, but the idea is the same: training is everything! Create a space that will help keep you organized?pens, pencils, folders, files, and room for your computer. This is your Work Station, your Command Center, your War Room. Use this space for nothing but working on school work.
(Note: social media may involve people from school, but it is not school work. So turn off Twitter and log off Facebook!) By keeping the space exclusively for school work, you can help train yourself to associate that space with doing school work, with staying organized, and with rockin’ the Dean’s List!
Timey Wimey Stuff
Getting organized takes a little time and forethought. Staying organized takes time, too. (However, staying organized is infinitely easier than trying to work in the middle of a chaotic firestorm of disorganization.) Therefore, it makes sense to carve out time for school assignments, for reading, for study time?and for staying organized. Recycle scrap paper, restock supplies, and file (or scan) any papers that need to be retained. By dealing with paperwork once rather than shuffling it around and keeping documents longer than necessary, you can avoid the tsunami of paperwork that threatens to wipe out the delicate balance you have achieved in your quest for optimum student organization.
Back to Basics
As basic as it sounds, having the right supplies goes a long way towards being organized. Plenty of paper and pens, notecards and file folders, labels and planners can provide the tools necessary to stay on track in your quest for organization. A “To Do List” is another simple solution to helps students keep track of required tasks.
Monitoring deadlines, keeping supplies well-stocked, having a designated work space, and allowing adequate time to complete tasks will help students keep themselves organized and will encourage a less stressful school year.