Y'all- the best and worst time of the year is back! It's time to start school again, especially for us college kids! It's the time that we all love and dread at the same time- we get to see our friends we've missed for the past three or four months, but we have to go back to class. I love going back to school because it means SCHOOL SUPPLIES! Organization comes to the front of everyone's mind and I love it!
This post is definitely geared towards college students, and high school students as well, but anyone and everyone can use them in terms of gearing up to go back to any sort of education or organization.
1. Lay out your clothes the night before.
This may seem childish, but it really helps me get ready for the next day when I visualize what I'm going to wear. If I know I'm going to have a rough day, I can pull out my comfiest sweaters and know that I have something to look forward to. On the other hand, if I know I need to kill it and look spiffy as all get out, I can pull together an outfit with a clear head before I go to bed.
2. Get enough sleep!
I talked about this in my self-care at college post yesterday, but it's so important to getting ahead as well as taking care of yourself. Sleep is not just for the weak or the dead- it's for the strong and the living! Everyone should try to get enough sleep to feel energized and happy, because it will actually make you feel better about your days and you'll feel well-rested come your 9am bio lecture!
I find that when I first start my assignments, I always feel much more productive and like I can knock out way more work than towards the end of a working period (like when you hole up in library for 6 hours). So, if you start your bigger or more important projects (like the one due tomorrow) first, you'll use the upswing of your productivity on the more important projects and can make your way through your *prioritized* to-do list faster!
4. Don't spread yourself too thin!
It's okay to not do everything. As someone once said to me: you can do anything, but not everything! Yes, you can be a member of multiple clubs and organizations, but do not feel like it's necessary to be the president or executive board member of every club you're in. If you commit to one or two things, like clubs or sports or Greek organizations, you can commit more time to each one and can get more out of it instead of committing a little bit of time to many, many organizations.
5. Use a Planner!
I think I've said this maybe 25 times on the blog already, but a planner, ANY planner, will help you organize yourself. You can stay on top of all your assignments, tests, and important dates by writing everything down and it will make you feel so much more organized, just by laying out all the dates.
6. Keep Everything Charged!
Do you know how many times I've gotten to the library to do work to realize that I've forgotten a laptop charger and found that my laptop was either at 5% or dead? TOO MANY TIMES, Y'ALL! Don't be like me, and just stick your laptop or phone charger in your bag when you leave for the day. It doesn't take up too much room, and you'll be glad you had it later!
7. Don't Forget to Stay On Top of Your Grades!
In high school, we used to have grade reports sent to our house every 6 weeks. In college, if you asked a professor for your grade, they might actually laugh in your face. It's your job to remember how well you're doing in a class, so keep track of the grades you receive on each assignment so you can stay on top of how well you're doing! This way, when finals roll around and those extra-credit projects come popping up, you know how much time and energy to commit!
8. Don't Procrastinate, or if you do, Procrastinate in a Smart Way!
We all do it. I promise we all do it (even lil' ol' perfect me), so it's hypocritical for everyone to say "Don't Procrastinate" even when we all do it! However, it really does help if you try to stay as focused as possible and NOT push all your work until the last second. If you're going to procrastinate on a project, try to do it in a productive way, by studying for something else or getting something done that really needs to get done (like the dirty dishes in your sick?). It'll make you feel less guilty about procrastinating.
9. Take A Break!
(Cue Hamilton soundtrack please). Taking a break will so help you clear your mind in terms of working! If you're working for hours straight on a term paper, get up and walk around when you feel yourself hit a wall. Go get a cup of coffee and take a 15 minute break. I've heard great things about the Pomodoro Technique, but haven't actually tried it myself!
10. Don't Get Down on Yourself!
It's so, so, so easy to get sucked into a vicious cycle of constantly working and at times, you might feel like you're utterly overwhelmed by the amount of work you have, but it's okay! You might feel like you're having a breakdown because of all of the work you're doing and stress you're under, but I promise, school is worth the effort. Take time for yourself and remind yourself that you're doing a great job just by being in school and working hard to be there.
I hope everyone has an amazing start to their school year- good luck!