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How To Be Organized This Semester

by Delaney Ray | Jan 31, 2017

Since I am constantly busy with my work schedule, class schedule, and random meetings and study groups, I HAVE to stay organized. Otherwise, I would just wander around aimlessly and forget everything. But, even though I am really good with organizing, I could still use a little help considering how much time I waste scrolling Pinterest. So here are some key ways to stay organized this next semester:

  • Get a planner. My planner is basically my best friend and I keep it with me all the time. If you do not have time to go buy a planner or do not want to spend the money, there are plenty of free printables online you could use! Just search for various types of schedule pages that you would like to use like weekly, monthly, assignment, workout, etc.
  • Write out your assignments. The first week of class is always pretty simple with low amounts of homework, so you have plenty of time to look through your syllabi and write down your major assignments to ensure you do not miss any.
  • Use different colors. Color coding is very helpful when taking notes, planning schedules, and organizing. If you have different colored pens or highlighters, assign a color to something and only use that color for that item.
  • Get plenty of sleep. As college students, we have a lot on our plate so getting enough sleep is crucial. Bingeing Netflix is so great (believe me, I know) but when it gets late, you have to force yourself to turn it off. Set a time for yourself to head to bed every night and try super hard to stick to it.
  • Make lists. I usually have about five current lists going at a time. You can make lists for many things, like to-do lists, things to buy at the store, meals to make, movies to see, shows to stream, presents to ask for, goals, and on, and on.
  • Keep a routine. Plan out your day and stick to it. Plan out homework time (very important to make sure you aren’t finishing it at 2am), workout time, nap time, etc.

Good luck this semester and figure out organization tips that work for you!

Delaney Ray '19 is a Psychology and Sociology double major with a minor in Criminal Justice. She works as a Student Orientation Leader and a Library Desk Assistant in addition to blogging for MU. She never thought she would be a blogger, and her dream job is to work for the FBI in the behavioral unit.

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