As this semester comes to a close, the importance of staying organized becomes all-too apparent. It also becomes much more difficult, thanks to the never-ending mountain of assignments, finals, and due dates. If you’re looking to finish the academic year strong, getting organized is an excellent start. For this project, you will need:
- A planner or notebook
- Several different colored pens
First, get out your class syllabi.
Even if you think you’ve got a good grasp of what you have left to do before the end of the year, it’s a good idea to double-check. You’d be surprised how many times assignments pop up unannounced. Open your planner or notebook and write each assignment down on the date it’s due as well as a week before it’s due. This method will save you from unpleasant surprises. Remember which color pen you use for this part because you don’t want to use the same color later. All of your school assignments and evaluations should now be in one color.
Next, take a different colored pen and record all of your appointments.
This refers to doctor’s appointments, club meetings, and anything else of that nature. You could also include advising appointments and tutoring sessions as well, but I prefer to write those in the same color as my school assignments. Then again, it’s up to you.
Finally, use the third color for your personal engagements.
These include dinners with friends, movie nights, hobbies, birthdays, etcetera. Now, you have your entire schedule at a glance, and you shouldn’t experience any startling deadlines.
What do you think of this method? Do you have any tips for staying organized?
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