Bringing Order to Chaos - Tips for Getting Organized
- Dec 18, 2014
Have you been looking for the Macbeth notes everywhere? Did your locker raids serve up no trail at all about where you kept your notes? Isn't it just frustrating the way it just vanished into thin air? If your answer to all of the above questions is in the affirmative, then you are in dire need of an organizing makeover.
It seems like yesterday that we were waking up to Noddy and pancakes when suddenly the world turned upside down. Now we are worrying about incomplete projects, pending assignments, failed tests, missing homework and so much more that our brain ends up feeling like a stuffed turkey for thanksgiving. I have a quick fix. What about we stop doing the stuffing and start with some organization? Let's find out how.
Make a to-do list
I will tell you a little incident. A few months back, while I was applying for jobs, I found myself in an utter mess. I had mixed up a few Email Id-s and sent the wrong mail to the wrong people. So one afternoon, when I was holed up in my room with a gloomy cloud hanging over me, I was struck with a realization. All I needed was a journal. I found one, wrote everything down, checked my mail, jotted down the information I needed, ticked off the ones I have applied for and a few more scribblings later, I felt accomplished and bought myself a box of macaroons! And that paid off.
Good things come at a price and in this case, a ten dollar and a pen. A simple journal wouldn't cost you more than that. This will be your roadmap to your everyday venture. Now all you need to do is make a to-do list. I have a few secret tips to make your mind dump effective:
- Avoid confusing quality with quantity. Keep it simple and keep it under 7.
- Write out your to-do list the night before so that you can get right to it the morning after.
- Tackle the first item in your list first thing in the morning.
- If you have been putting off something for quite some time now, that will suck up your energy for the day and this will continue to be like an annoying tick till you get it over with. Include this in your list and finish it first.
Try the accordion
No, I'm not talking about the instrument, it's the accordion file that has gained the limelight this time. It has rose above the traditional three-ring binder since students struggle with loose paper. If you are one of those students who tend to leave a trail of stray papers floating around, which vanish into thin air every time you are looking for those, then the accordion was made for you.
- Label the tabs for each subject or according to the pattern that pleases you.
- Shove the class-notes, handouts or other loose sheets of paper that might be of importance later.
- Now you have everything in one place to pull out according to requirement.
An accordion file cuts down clutter to an overwhelming 75% and allows you to stow away your woes into one of its many compartments.
Break up your study time
Take some time out and sit down with your syllabus. You already know what you need to study. Now all you need to do is allot separate durations for the topics you have decided to study for the day.
- If you are going to devote 6 hours of your day for studies, segregate them into sections of one hour each.
- Take a break for 5 minutes in between.
- Chalk out a planner accordingly.
You can apply the same procedure for your homework assignments or projects. Whatever you do, make it consistent and avoid cramming before exams.
Clean up the study table debris
A study conducted by researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute revealed that, when environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. And the negative impact of clutter is not limited to your studies only. A study conducted on 1000 Americans confirmed that 57% of them judged their coworkers by how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces. Here's how to go about it:
- Pile up the papers.
- Put away old documents, newspapers and other such things that are taking up space. You can put those away in a box and label it.
- Sort through the pile of papers and file the ones you require.
- Put away pencils and scissors and store them in proper places so that you can find them when you need them.
And while you are at it, you might consider cleaning your computer desk as well. Did you know that computer keyboards are notorious for hoarding crumbs of food that fall off while you munch on your favorite hamburger.
Avoid rush and overload
If you are signing up for extra school work, make sure that you can handle it without a nervous breakdown. Try determining your study time and then take up your basketball or swimming or other recreational activities.
Apart from that, I recommend you to wake up early to avoid running out of time for your daily activities, because your pending tasks will end up culminating in an overload of stress and you would find yourself fumbling about in a sea of endless work.
Try out the above tips and I can guarantee the fact that you will never find yourself in a mess about your studies again. Happy organizing!
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