The new semester has officially begun. Maybe you’re a returning sophomore or junior. Maybe you’re, sadly, a soon-to-be-gone senior. You may even be a freshman who is just beginning your college journey. No matter your year in school, it's important to stay organized throughout the semester! Here are some of the best tips and tricks on how to have your most organized semester ever!
1. Take time for yourself.
I know college is for education, but let’s be honest- all work and no play will burn you out faster than you’ll realize. While it's extremely important to stay up-to-date with your assignments and make sure you have adequate time to complete them, not taking any time for yourself can ultimately be a negative. Even something as simple as going to the gym can release a lot of stress and give you a break from your everyday college life to help clear your head.
2. Invest in a planner.
My planner is literally my life. I would be so unorganized without it! Planners make it so easy to keep track of all of your deadlines, assignments and exams. Something I find very helpful is to bring my planner to class with me and write down the dates of assignments as soon as my professor announces them.
3. Color-code everything!
First off, who doesn’t love writing with colored pens?! Secondly, these bad boys are so helpful when it comes to keeping organized notes! Identifying different categories with different colors is a great way to keep track of certain facts and chapters. Color coding can even go much further than just your pens. Color-coding notebooks and folders for certain classes will ensure that you always have the correct books for class!
4. Create a routine.
Having a set routine to follow for specific tasks will ensure that you are productive throughout the day. I usually like to reward myself when I complete tasks in my routine. For example, after my 8 a.m.'s, I will make myself go to Starbucks to get some work done- but I will obviously buy myself some Starbs while I’m there.
5. Make a To-Do list.
Along with creating a routine, making a to-do list every week can truly work wonders. The feeling of crossing something out on your to-do list is so satisfying. I like to keep my to-do lists in my planner so that I have an overview everything I have to do in one specific place.
I wish all of you the best of luck this semester. Happy organizing!