Staying Organized and Ready for Opportunities

checklist1One of the greatest struggles I face as a busy student is keeping organized and up to date with all of my appointments, meetings, classes, and extracurricular activities. Sometimes keeping up with my calendar feels like a full-time job in itself! Over the past two years I have found a few methods that help me to be my best, well-organized self so that I am able to maximize my time to be able to participate in all of the important activities in my life! Here are some tips and pointers from yours truly.

  1. Write down ALL of your appointments in a calendar – I cannot stress this enough. Personally, if I don’t write things down, I will forget about them since my schedule is so busy. My preferred app is the Apple iCal Calendar but I’ve heard good things about Google Calendar as well as an app called Sunrise Calendar.
  2. Make checklists to keep up with things to do – I love the app Wunderlist. You can keep as many lists as you want and even create sublists! I have lists varying from my grocery list to chores to my daily checklist.
  3. Keep up with your academic assignments in one place – For this, I swear by iStudiez Pro. This has price tag in the App Store of $9.99 but it is some of the best money I have ever spent. You can keep track of all of your classes, assignments, grades, GPA, professors and their contact information, and so much more.
  4. Find your best time and place for studying and reading – Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get work done but once you figure out the details on how you study best it will become much easier. I am still learning this myself, but I have learned that I study best at night, in the library (preferably Schulich Engineering) at a cubicle while listening to opera. It’s very specific but it works and that’s what matters!
  5. Keep tidy binders and folders – While we are no longer in high school with dozens of worksheets shoved into binders and folders, it can be useful to keep these in order to hang on to printed-out readings, assignment instructions and the assignments themselves, and syllabi to look back on. Even though I keep my entire life on my laptop, having these printed materials is useful so that I have a backup just in case. This also allows me to look at all of my work for one class in a tidy, physical way.
  6. Above all, make time for self-care – In order to be your best self, it is absolutely vital to practice self-care. According to this great worksheet, self-care includes “any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health.” What matters is that it is intentional, makes you feel better, and is safe. For me, things like to watching movies with my girlfriend, writing in a journal, going on walks by myself, and getting lots of sleep are what help. These are the kind of things that reboot my ability to work hard, stay focused, and remain organized.

Ultimately, whatever works for you in terms of organization is what matters. Finding your own techniques is vital to being able to be successful and we are always learning – that’s the great thing about university! We are here to learn new skills and knowledge and it feels amazing.

What are some ways that you stay organized?

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