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How to Stay Organized

Updated: Nov 30, 2020


As a student, brother, coach, and just average person, I understand life can get crazy sometimes. When it gets crazy and there are so many things to do, it just seems like things tend to slip between the cracks. From due dates for projects, a small project that you had for yourself, to even work. Things just slip sometimes, and if your anything like me, when things slip, it takes away from that much needed time with friends, or maybe Netflix. Losing time is no fun, and it can be frustrating. The thing is, though, things don't need to be that way. All it takes is three steps (and a few trials and errors) to organize your tasks, goals, and even your progress.

The first step is not to panic! By this I mean that organizing itself can be a little overwhelming and discouraging. This is a bump I hit multiple times before I figured out the key to getting over this hump. The key (believe it or not) is a pep talk! If you don't think you can do it, then it will inadvertently hold you back. So whether it’s a pep talk to your self in the mirror every morning, or even just reminding yourself to take it one step at a time. Change is hard, but it isn’t impossible.

The second step is a bit more general, pick your method. It would be nice if there was a general way everyone naturally thrives, but that's not the case! That being said, there is no need to worry; I have a few to get you started, they may not be right initially, but it will, at the very least, get you going in the right direction.

~ First, you have just plain old time logs. You start writing down the things you need to do

for the day, then give yourself an allotted time to do these things. Don't get discouraged if

you go out of your range, but if you can help it plan for it by giving yourself extra time than

you think you need.

~ Next, you have Apps, from the reminder app via iPhone to google calender via Andriod.

There are literally so many to choose from. While it may not have the personal touch the

time log does, this is convenient because of the apps' ability to have reoccurring events that

you don’t have to always notch down!

~ Then there is a calendar board. While these may not have as much space to help with

specifying your task. Calendar boards makes up for it in eco-friendliness, ability to correct

without scribbling out things, and the ability to plan further ahead. This is nice for seeing

how available you are, picking certain days that might fit better than others for a task, and

finally cheapness. You can find any of these at Walmart or various other stores.


Finally, last but not least, the third step. Enjoy the little things. Every day is not going to be perfect, and the first couple of attempts might be messy. Still, the motivation you get from carrying each little victory takes you a long way! To be specific, I'll use my day (yesterday) as an example. I had run way over my time frame and felt a bit overwhelmed, so I decided to let a few things go on the list for tomorrow. At first, I was frustrated, but then I reminded myself about all the stuff I got done despite the roadblocks and lack of time. I could have just said, “oh well,” and skipped out on over half of the things that I needed to do, but instead, I pushed through, recognized a good stopping point, and only pushed this blog to the next day!

I really hope this helps whoever is reading this. The effort alone is a victory, so you're already rolling along! If this helps pass it along to a friend, maybe they will have a good tip or will wanna try this out too. Goodluck, you're going to do great, and feel free to email me at studentparliament@westerntc.edu with any questions, suggestions, or anything else!

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