University life can often prove hectic with socials, revision and lectures all eating into your schedule. I personally feel like I can’t keep up with it all unless I’m militantly organised, so here are a few ways I keep myself together.
Coloured folders – For all you mac users out there, I’ve discovered a revolutionary folder organisation technique; coloured folders. It’s kind of a longish process (by long I mean 3 minutes) but trust me it’s SO worth it, nothing beats the eudaemonia achieved via organising modules in a colour coded manner. Here’s a link taking you through the process.
Calendar – I’m quite a visual person, so it really helps me to be able to wake up and visually view the months upcoming activities so I can plan ahead and gain a general insight into what’s in store for the month.
Desk Planner – Kind of similar to the calendar, but my desk planner works on a weekly basis and has a larger writing space. Therefore allowing me to elaborate on the weeks activities e.g. I can fit in where my lecture is being held and which lecturer is teaching it, as opposed to simply writing ‘lecture’ on my calendar.
Planner – Again very similar to the desk planner and calendar, but it’s portable. I’m on the move a lot so I usually just shove it in my bag and double check what I’ve got going on in case anything has accidentally slipped my mind. They do some super cute planners/journals in urban outfitters, but student life resulted in me purchasing a £3 Asda one instead…
Tidy room – Specifically, a tidy desk. Ever heard the phrase a tidy room is a tidy mind? Personally I can’t function on an academic basis unless my room is moderately clean and my desk is militantly organised – by that i mean, each lecturer has their own folder, desk files for each module and stationary rested in its rightful home. I like to also add the addition of some cute fairy lights, and maybe even a cheeky candle to achieve those Pinterest study goals.
Post it notes – I post these cute post it notes all over my desk, setting myself a variation of tasks to complete, varying from ‘do washing up’ to ‘revise PS2015 lecture’.
Meal Planner – Okay I know this one can seem a little extreme, I’m not suggesting you follow this religiously but it’s actually quite handy to roughly organise what meals you’ll be eating for the week, this way you can cater your meals to your weekly shop, making sure none of your food expires.