Getting Organized

Take control of your life and reap the benefits

Despite how valuable a carefully structured lifestyle can be to a college student, the prospect of getting organized is sometimes seen in a negative light. To many students, getting organized means giving up the freedom and spontaneity that make college so enjoyable. In most cases, this is a misconception. Let’s take a moment to separate the myths from the facts about getting organized:

  • Being organized isn’t the same as being a neat freak. Being organized simply means knowing where important items are at all times. Your lecture notes can be under a pile of dirty laundry and pizza crusts - as long as you know where they are, you’re organized.
  • Being organized doesn’t mean you have no time for fun. In fact, you may find that you have more time for fun. When you use time-management skills and make the most of the time you used to waste, you’ll free up time for leisure activities. Plus, when you’re organized, you’ll have the satisfaction of getting things done and achieving your goals.
  • Being organized is only possible for some people. No one is born organized. Armed with the right knowledge and skills, almost anyone can transform their life from a state of chaos to a state of pristine order.

Taking Control

Getting organized doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it takes more effort to live a disorganized life, since you constantly face unexpected obstacles like having to search for missing items and rush to meet deadlines. Being disorganized is a mindset - and it’s one that can be changed. Make the following changes to how you live your life, and soon you’ll be on the path from chaos to success:

  • Get a good sleep. When you’re rested, you’ll have more energy to devote to keeping your life organized.
  • Don’t rush. Life isn’t a race. Get up early enough to shower, eat breakfast, pick out an outfit and collect your things before you head off to class. Always leave a few extra minutes to account for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Keep your environment clean. Avoid clutter in your place of residence, be it a dorm room or an apartment. Know where important items are at all times.
  • Write everything down. This is especially important if you’re a forgetful person. Keep a notebook in which you write down every important detail of your life, such as homework assignments and group meeting times.
  • Get help if you need it. Your professors and teaching assistants are there to help you understand course material. Use them if you need to. Your campus may also have a student services office that can give you valuable advice about living an organized life.
  • Work hard, and then play hard. Reward yourself for maintaining an organized life. After a productive day, take some time to kick back and relax. Knowing that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the homework rainbow will help keep you motivated.
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