For some people, organization is a bad word. To others, it is a way of life. What is does organization actually mean? According to the dictionary, it is to put something together in an orderly, functional, or structure system. So being a college student, what does it mean to be organized and how does one get organized?

Here are a few tips:

  • Organize your room or study space: remove all clutter and distraction, keep books and study materials near, have pens and highlighters within reach, and reference books should be kept near. Each subject should have its very own binder, folder, or notebook so things can be found easily.
  • Find a convenient and easy way to record assignments: Shoppers, this means you can go on a spree to find the very best planner out there! You could use a planner, agenda, calendar, or even notebook paper. Whatever works for you, but make sure you stick to it. To ensure everything gets done, you must prioritize on your calendar or to-do list. This could even involved color-coding.
  • Make a schedule: set time for your classes, study time, work out time, eating, if you have a job – time for work, and of course time for sleep.
  • Set goals: Goals can be short term like ‘finish my English paper’ or they can be long term like ‘to graduate with a 4.0 GPA.’ You feel accomplished when you achieve your goals, so set a lot of them, complete them, and feel accomplished.
  • Take breaks: Break can be your reward for achieving a goal or task on your to-do list. And by break I mean go eat a granola bar or check Facebook, not go watch a movie and the latest episode of Gossip Girl.

I am the type of person who color-codes and uses check off to-do lists, some people set out their clothes for the next day and pack their bag the night before. You just have to figure out a system that works best for you, and stick to it. Organization makes for a stress-free and easy life style if you find what works best for you.

The very first goal you should set, starting today, is to get yourself organized!

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