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I feel like this post has been a long time coming. Being at university has meant that I’ve had to be organised and productive. A lot of studying is self-motivated, which does require a fair amount of organisation! Also, when it comes to studying for exams, you need to be productive. You don’t want to waste your time doing things that won’t pay off! Now, I’m going to get straight into it!
Have a memo board – so important to stay organised!
This sounds like an investment but it can be done without spending hardly anything! I have a sheet of blank paper on my bedroom wall at university. At the top, I wrote memos and I just have post-it notes with my deadlines and exam dates on.
This is very useful to always keep on top of deadlines and exam dates so nothing suddenly springs up on you. For me, I like to start assignments early in hope that once I’ve finished, I have time to go over and edit my work before I submit it. I know that this routine isn’t for everyone but I highly recommend it. It keeps you so organised and you don’t have to worry about looming deadlines.
Keep a bullet journal!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’d know how useful I find these! For me, it’s so useful to make to-do lists and I’ve been using them since a-level to help me keep on track with studying. I prefer a bullet journal over a regular diary as it’s much more flexible and personal. I like to keep mood and dream trackers which I wouldn’t be able to do with a regular diary.
This keeps me so organised as I can plan events that are coming up. I can also keep track of the work I’ve done so I’m not going over what I already have. This therefore also keeps me productive.
The notebook I use is the Leuchttrum 1917, it’s the perfect size and has a ribbon to keep you up to date! I like the simplicity of the design. I feel like it’s very sleek. You can purchase your own Leuchttrum by clicking the link above.
Have drinks around when you work
So many people say it, but you really do work better when you’re hydrated! Personally, I like 2 drinks on my desk while I’m working. Usually, a hot drink and a cold drink. I usually stick for coffee and water but make sure you’re always in supply of a drink. Nothing annoys me more than needing to get a drink halfway through revising.
Not only does it distract you but it in turn, lessens your productivity. My word of advice for this one is to have a larger water bottle close by. If not, at least have one that you won’t empty in your study time slots. For example, I study for half an hour periods so I’d choose a bottle that I won’t fully drink in half an hour. Then, in my break, I can refill it so I’m staying productive in my work slots.
Have a study app
This may say study app but you can use it for literally anything! I have the app Flipd. The app basically has a timer that stops if you leave the app. I have found this so useful when studying as it keeps me off my phone and has made me more productive during studying.
As well as studying, this can also be useful for blogging if you tend to get distracted by your phone. You don’t even need it to be productive, you can just use it to stay off your phone a little each day.
My reasoning for choosing Flipd was that it was free. Many people choose the app Forest as that one plants a tree for each certain amount that you stay off your phone. This one is probably favoured by a few as it gives you an initiative. I don’t necessarily need that.
Start planning part of your next day
This is a huge hack to stay organised and it saves so much time in the morning. No way is this telling you to plan every day step-by-step. Just little things can help. For me, it’s planning my outfits the day before. It’s so much easier to throw on clothes that you lay out for yourself instead of rummaging through your wardrobe that morning.
I like this for 2 reasons, it can save time in the morning so you can either stay in bed a little longer, or you can do a little something in your morning routine. I also like to plan when I’ll definitely have breaks the next day. This is for things like lunch, dinner and going into town. That way, you’re just that little bit more organised and not rushing around.
Have a folder – organisation is key!
During A-levels, I didn’t keep a folder as I learnt mostly from books and past papers. At university however, it’s not all kept in one text book so your notes are precious! Keeping them in a folder keeps them all in one place and organised! I revise religiously from my notes and having them in order in my folder is so useful. I’m a big lover of flashcards but I always condense my notes before so I’m focusing on the most important information. It’d be so much more difficult if my notes weren’t organised by subjects and in order!
I’ve found the ring binders from Wilko’s to be the best value of money. You can get a huge ring binder for only £2.50. I’ve never bought my folders or ring binders from anywhere else!
Don’t force it
You won’t be fully focused on work or organised if you’re overloading yourself. Slide into it gradually. Add few things onto your to-do list and be proud of yourself for completing those few tasks. I’ve been trying to stay organised for a while now but I still only have 4-5 things on my to-do list each day.
I found it fairly easy to be more organised as I hate not having a basic structure. For others, it’s not as easy to welcome this organisation but it pays off. Organisation walks hand in hand with productivity. It’s so much easier to master one if you’ve got the other also in the bag.
Are you an organised person?