Hello everyone it is so nice to be back writing blog posts I took a short break to focus on my university studies and starting my second year but now I’m back with some new content! After reflecting on the past three weeks I was wondering which post would be best to come back with then I immediately thought of organisation. The start of second year at university has been a whirlwind I’ve already got the never-ending to do lists and the constant thought lingering in my head about how much work I need to get done. After going through this I thought the start of a new academic year is the perfect time to share my organisation tips which will hopefully be beneficial to you. These tips can be applied to everyone it’s not specifically directed at students as I wanted to make a how to post that everyone could e no matter what point they are at in their life.
Use a planner
I personally use a physical planner which I practically take everywhere with me. I know some people may prefer digital planning as they find it more effective for what they do in their day to day life. When it comes to having deadlines or getting set work I write this down in my planner on the day its due. I leave a red circle next to the task so that when it is completed I can colour in the dot – I personally find it neater than ticks but its your own preference. Then everyday I create an individual to-do list based on the tasks which need done, I do this in black so that it is clear it is not a deadline it is only a daily task to do. I just personally find this the easiest way to keep on track of my to-do list.
Momentum (Chrome extension)
I use a mixture of physical and digital methods in order to stay organised. This extension for chrome is perfect I have it open in every lecture and if any work is set I add it to the to-do list on the side so I don’t need to worry about getting my planner out and writing in down there and then. The good thing about the momentum extension is your to-do list stays there until you start ticking things off and once something has been done you will no longer see that task on the next days to do list. This is a free extension which you can add to yo chrome browser however I do believe there is the option to pay for extra features.
Another effective way of organising is structuring your tasks in order of priority, this makes sure you get the essential tasks done and everything will get completed in the order you have set it’s as simple as separating your list in 3 columns – Urgent, due soon and an do later. I know how easy it is to get distracted and do the non-essential task because it seems easier so using this method you have a structure to follow.
Get enough sleep
I know that whenever I don’t have enough sleep I can’t seem to organise anything or find the motivation to complete necessary tasks. Due to lack of sleep you can slowly end up becoming behind on work which can be completely overwhelming.
Keep backups of your work
The last thing you want is to lose everything you have worked on and having no way of getting it back so its definitely an essential to back up all your work ether to OneDrive, iCloud of a physical hard drive.
There are so many tips for organisation so this is only a brief list of ones I use, I’d love to know if there are any other tips you have leave them in the comment section below. Also let me know if you will try any of these!
Overall the best way to keep organised is to find out what works best for you, everyone learns differently and everyone has their own way of organising. Don’t be discouraged if the first thing you to do doesn’t work for you it took me so many try’s and fails to find out how I can best organise my workload so I feel more in control.
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