The word may seem to be a worst nightmare to some, and a warm hug to others. Regardless of your emotions for organizing, it is one of the most important aspects to academic excellence. Here I will be summarizing a few of my best finds for organizing yourself.
- Use an Agenda.
Nope, there is no way around it. You must. From helping you prioritize your tasks, to creating a healthy to-do list, an agenda is absolutely essential to achieve academic excellence. Your agenda could range from an application on your phone, to an actual planner. You could use ones provided by your school, or these ones at Indigo, there are also some great ones at Amazon. For online ones, check out Jessica Le’s article on our website.
When I started using an agenda, I had lots of fun with it. Try making it look pretty, a lot of my friends find joy in doing that. However, I do not have patience for keeping a neat agenda, so I try to take my frustration out on it by vigorously scribbling out the tasks I have completed. Trust me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world, removing completed tasks from your planner. You can also have everything you have done in one little book, and looking through that book once you are done with it, gives a feeling of satisfaction like never before.
Here is a more detailed article from Huffington Post on how to use your planner.
I hope you find this useful. Just get one going, and see where it takes you.
So some of us may have heard of the story where there is a jar, and a professor fills it with tennis balls. He then asks the class the jar is full, the class says yes. He then puts marbles into the jar and asks the class if the jar is full, the class says yes. Then he puts the sand in, and asks the class if the jar is full. They say yes. Finally, he pours beer in, and the jar is definitely full now. He then says something along the lines of, “Get your priorities straight. First, do the important things, followed by the less important. In the end, you can always find room for a beer.” However, if we put the beer in first, you will not be able to fit in your big golf ball important tasks. You can find a better version here.
So, to help prioritize the planner/agenda can be extremely useful. But if you are still having trouble, a to-do list is the way to go. On the side of your planner, create a list of tasks that must be done, in order from most to least important. You can also organize your tasks based on how much time each will take, and maybe even plan a reward for yourself after you finish the tough ones. This strategy is incredibly helpful if you stay on task and keep to your planner.
- Keeping your work station appealing.
So in order to concentrate on your work, the space around your work should be clean. Keep things that intrigue you on your desk, have an abundance of supplies, and make sure you can find all the important stuff. Many people have trouble with organizing their desk drawers, but by buying or making drawer dividers, you can make things neat and tidy.