“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

I think it’s about time that I wrote a post about one of the things I’m best at: organization. Organization is an important skill to have as a student. Many people don’t have this skill, but I am very fortunate I do. If I didn’t, my life would be one hell of a mess.

I think when it comes to the quote above, it’s true. I think the more organized and prepared you are, the more you succeed. It’s just a fact. And it’s just so much easier. People who are not organized tend to be the ones who leave homework/studying until the last minute and forget about things. Also, being organized just saves people from stress and worry.

On my computer, I have two apps. I use them constantly. They are called Power Planner and Wunderlist. I swear to god, my life has got so much easier since I started using these.

Power Planner

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Schedule – When I click on schedule, I see my class schedule, as well as room numbers and other course information

Classes – When I click on classes, I see a drop down list of all my classes. When I click on one, I see class information. This is where I can add assignments due too. Every class has a dedicated colour.

Calender (as shown above) – When I add an assignment, it automatically goes on the calender, with the classes dedicated colour around it. I can also add an assignment by pressing the plus (+) sign on this page too.

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On my homepage on my computer where the app is, it says what the next thing is due and when.

This is such an amazing app for me. I went from using a huge desk calendar to this. It’s with me wherever I go and I never forget a thing. As soon as I’m assigned something, I add it in and I’m good to go. When I’m done the assignment, I take it off. It feels so good when I finish something and I am able to take it off!

Wunderlist

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This is what I use for specific tasks. I make a list and press on it. Then I add in everything I have to do that day, whether it’d be to send an email, write a blog post, finish an assignment, favours for other people etc. When I click the box beside a task, it disappears, which is the fun part.

I click on the star if it is mandatory to do that day, but I try to get everything done that I assigned myself to do that day. So I don’t have to worry about it the next day.

As soon as I get everything done, I know I can relax for the night. Sometimes I may get a head start on future tasks, but I try to limit myself to the tasks I have for the day, so that I don’t unintentionally get overwhelmed.

I sometimes overwork to get stuff done, which isn’t good either, so this is a good way for me to balance it.

I have a Windows PC computer. Your device might not have these apps, but I’m sure there’s apps like these no matter what device you have.

Other methods

  1. A big desk calendar with colour coded stickers. When I used the calendar, I had a different colour for tests, assignments, group projects, and appointments/meetings.ooooo
  2. A zip up binder with dividers. I have one and it has everything in it. I have 8 different dividers. Here’s what each one of mine is for:
  • Mental health: Daily diaries
  • Mental health: Worksheets
  • Mental health: Plans (what to do when I start to feel certain ways)
  • Mental health: Techniques for anxiety
  • School: Teaching and learning plans (daily schedules, expectations etc.)
  • School: Contacts (For interviewing purposes)
  • School: Photo descriptions (To keep track of names, locations, dates I take pictures for assignment)
  • Blog ideasoooooo
  1. Have a folder for everything on your computer. Everything in “My Documents” is in a folder. oo

I can’t say I’m the most organized when it comes to material stuff. My drawers are a mess. I just stuff anything anywhere. I usually do a full cleaning every couple of months. Here are my tips that I follow on all of my cleaning sessions:

  • Find a spot for everything and make sure everything has a spot.
  • Get a paper tray, for papers that you need easy access too. You can find them at the dollar store.
  • Get one of those paper filers for documents that you can’t just throw out.
  • Throw stuff you don’t need out!
  • If papers belong in your binder, put them there.
  • Do you have all your pens and highlighters? These suckers get lost all the time. During my cleanups, I make sure I have three of everything in both my pencil case on my desk and the pencil case I take to school. Also, one of everything in the pocket of my binder.
  • Find little containers for things like paper clips.
  • Go through everything. Then put them in their spots.
  • Take small breaks but don’t hold off. Your favourite show is on? Watch it. But return to cleaning when it’s over.
  • Don’t start at 1 am. I made that mistake before and didn’t get to bed until 4 am.

Right now, I have stuff in the wrong places, missing supplies, and a pile of random papers in my drawer. Looks like it’s time for bi-monthly clean up session within the next few days. But not tonight, because after I post this, I’m done my tasks for the day. So I’m going to cuddle up with a warm blanket and watch How I Met Your Mother.

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