Do you ever feel like you want to be productive, but you just can’t be because you are so overwhelmed with work, study or mess? Or all three? I feel your pain – especially mid semester when life is going 1000 miles a minute, it can be hard to keep up! I, myself, am generally quite an organised person, a perfectionist of sorts. But I do have times where I find myself with so much work to do and its hard to find a place to start!
It’s a common feeling for many of us and you’d be lying if you said you haven’t felt unproductive or scatterbrained or just generally unmotivated! Having a reliable study routine and/or office organisation is key in getting great results – and of course keeping you sane when work is taking over your life!
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my top tips in keeping yourself organised as well as some study tips for my fellow uni students!
Having a plan of attack is SO important
I’m sure everyone has experienced that moment when you sit down at your desk or in the library, and you say to yourself “okay! let’s get started!” And you find yourself scrolling through instagram a few moments later because you had a whole lot to do but you didn’t know where to start! Cue the “that’s so me” “me tho” and “feels” comments! The best way to combat feeling like you have a million things to do is to have a plan of attack. Whether it be on iCal or in a gorgeous Kikki K leather planner, seeing what you have on for that day makes it so much easier to get the ball rolling. Firstly, I like to fill in non-work/uni commitments such as the gym, birthdays and hobbies. This ensures that you have a good work-life balance preventing you from feeling burnt out and overworked (one of the worst feelings, let me tell you!). After that I fill in non-negotiables – lectures, tutorials, work meetings, required hours of being in the office. This then leaves you with gaps for study or any extra work you need to do from home. Of course, if you work from home, I would recommend structuring it similar to a uni schedule!
Being specific is super important! What I mean by this is when you are filling out your calendar don’t just write “work” or “study”, it’ll get you in the long run when you are trying to figure out what you need to do! When you’re planning out your week ahead, fill in those blocks with “complete marketing proposal” or “do economics quiz 1” for example. Being specific with what you’re doing in that space of time helps you keep on track, and makes it easier to see what you need to be completing!
Time management is key
Going along with the other tips above, having good time management is so so important in ensuring that you aren’t rushing your work in the last minute. We’ve all been there – all nighters sometimes just have to be done. But its best to avoid them if possible!
I’m an absolute fiend for making lists, because I like seeing everything I have to do in one place! I guess I just love organising? I find lists are an easy way to see what you need to do at any given time. The great thing is you can make them anywhere – phones and tablets have a notes feature, laptops often have virtual sticky notes that go on your desktop or you can go the old fashioned way and just write one up on a sticky note, piece of paper or note cube! Its an easy way to get a rough idea of what you need to, if you just need a reminder instead of having to flick through your diary or scroll through your iCal! And of course they’re great for miscellaneous tasks that don’t make the cut in your calendar such as grocery shopping, laundry or other tasks that you’re basically obliged to do!
Obviously there are plenty more tips that could be used to stay organised but hopefully these tips helped you in one way or another and got you motivated for your week ahead!