The initial step I recommend taking as you get back into the swing of school is to map out the rest of your semester. Sit down with your calendar and pencil in all of your upcoming due dates. This will help you visualize when you should start studying for that big exam or should start meeting with your group to put together your presentation. You’ll be aware of when your busy weeks will be and can prep as much as you can for them in advance.
From there, I advise that you take the time to break down your upcoming weeks as they come. Factor in the amount of time you need for a good night’s rest, meals, and maybe some exercise. Block off your weekly recurring meetings, practices, and your favorite TV show. Free time is important to include too for your mental health. Then set aside some reasonable time periods to do your homework and study. I recommend that you keep your goals realistic and don’t overwhelm yourself, yet make that promise to yourself to use that time wisely to improve yourself. If you keep at your work steadily while respecting deadlines, you will have the tools to avoid procrastination. You will be in the position to be at your best and on top of your work.
After that, my suggestion is to make a list every day of the small steps you have to accomplish that day within the bigger projects. Then, prioritize them. After taking the first two steps, you’ll be better able to see what the order should be. Prioritizing is key to a student’s success and is probably one of the more difficult skills to achieve. Yet once you figure it out, it is a transferable skill that will serve you later in life, both professionally and personally. In addition to prioritizing, pay attention to due dates with respect to how long writing a five paragraph essay takes you or the amount of time you need to dedicate to looking over your notes before you feel confident for an exam. Once you have your daily to-do list, be sure to check tasks off as you complete them. It will bring you a sense of accomplishment, which will keep you moving forward.
I hope these organization tips will help get you started on the way to accomplishing your goals in 2015. Getting organized helps you to make better use of your time and energy. It can help you see where you need to cut back on certain activities (such as browsing Facebook) as well as make you recognize where you need to dedicate more time. These tips will also hold you accountable for what you truly need to do to be successful.
Please let me know your thoughts and feedback on these tips and any you would like to share that currently serve you well. Good luck!