Students, staying organized can feel like an uphill battle. Life gets busy, and it can sometimes feel like messes just appear and papers disappear into a void! Plus, if things are already messy, do you really feel like you have the time (and motivation) to clean them up? To help you avoid this predicament, we came up with 5 tips for you to get (and stay) organized this semester.
1. Use a planner.
We remember information better when we write it down. But using a planner to keep track of assignments not only helps you remember what you need to do, it gives you a sense of accomplishment at the end of a week to see all of the things you’ve done. Plus, you can plan a lot more time with friends if you know when you’ll be free during the week!
2. Color-code everything.
Color-coding is a tried and true organization tactic. Picking a color for each class’s materials (folders, notebooks, book covers, etc.) makes it easier to remember what to bring to class or take home. Writing class assignments down in your planner in their respective colors can also make it easier to see at-a-glance which classes have homework. Plus, who doesn’t love writing with colorful pens?
3. Label everything.
This tip goes hand-in-hand with color-coding. Don’t just label folders and notebooks— make tabs inside binders that can help you keep the materials for each class organized. Whether you organize by date, topic, or resource type (homework vs. notes), you’ll be able to find things a lot faster if you break your materials up.
4. Clean your backpack every weekend.
As the semester progresses, backpacks tend to become black holes for scraps of paper, snack wrappers, and tissues. Cleaning them out every weekend will keep you on top of the mess so that no important pieces of paper get lost or crumpled beyond recognition.
5. Keep your desk clean.
Just like backpacks, desks can also become black holes throughout the semester. Desk organizers are one of the best ways to keep the mess off of your workspace. Label each tray of the organizer with a class or extracurricular, and keep materials from those classes in their dedicated space. (Bonus points if you color-code the labels!)