College students, regardless of their major, face an overwhelming amount of pressure on a day-to-day basis. They receive dozens of papers and syllabi in the first week of class, clubs and extracurricular activities need to be organized, and class work and projects must be planned in a short amount of time. The key to not completely submit to pressure and losing your head in the first month of class is to get organized. This means not only working on your time management skills but also doing little tasks every day that will make life easier.
The first thing to take care of is loose papers, syllabi, and notes. Folders can be bought for under a dollar to keep syllabi and other informational papers all in one place. If notes are taken the traditional pen and paper way they should all be kept in one place, such as in a notebook or even a three ring binder. It is also helpful to keep a few folders on hand in your dorm for when new projects or bigger assignments are assigned that may need extra room.
An agenda can also be very beneficial. A good agenda will have an overview of the entire month, but also a day-to-day planner. Having the entire month mapped out will be great for planning long projects, plus planning some fun weekend outings. The day-to-day pages are useful in planning out appointments and changes in class times and locations.
Some fun accessories that will make staying organized a lot easier and fun are colored pens and sticky notes. When planning in an agenda, writing things out in plain blue or black ink can get very boring, so why not brighten it up with colorful gel pens. Post-it notes are great reminders of important events and personal commitments. They don’t take up a lot of room and can be discarded when they have served their use.
A favorite tool is also the use of highlighters. Different colors stand for different things, so for instance important dates can be highlighted in one color and key words should be highlighted in a different color. This makes studying later on an easier task and makes pages more interesting to look at than consistent yellow highlighted words.
Organizing your college life can be a daunting task but it does not have to be overwhelming. An organized environment will hopefully contribute to organized study habits. College is a time to explore new opportunities and take on new responsibilities, so implementing these simple tips should prepare you for these tasks.