by Abby

5 Organization Strategies for a Successful Spring Semester!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! Here’s to staying on top of things and not procrastinating AT ALL this year!

…Alright, who am I kidding, there’s going to be some procrastination. BUT with the right organization, even a little bit of inevitable procrastination is manageable. So, here are five organization strategies for 2018!

1.Choose the Right Planner

I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of thinking I’m going to use a lot more of a planner at the beginning of a new semester than I ever actually end up using. Because of this, I bought one that just has tabbed monthly calendars so it’s easy to look ahead in the year and lined weekly pages with enough room to write out full assignment details.

 

2. Keep Track of Due Dates (Before Everything Happens to be Due Tomorrow)

The first thing I did after receiving a syllabus for a new class was write down all of the due dates for each month in my planner. This way I won’t be surprised when all of my big papers and assignments happen to be due in the same week. It happens.

 

3. Color Coordinate Classes Between Canvas and Your New Planner

One of my favorite features in Canvas is the calendar which compiles all of your class assignment due dates and even crosses them off after you submit them! You can customize the text color for each of your classes so I matched those colors to the ones in my monthly planner.

 

4. Find Your Ideal Notebook (and Actually Keep Track of Your Notes)

I like to take notes in all of my Design classes and find it’s easier to keep track of ideas and feedback when everything is in one notebook.  Because I want to be able to sketch without distracting lined paper but also want a guide for keeping my handwriting semi-legible, I decided to get a bullet journal from the Campus Bookstore. 10/10 would recommend.

 

5. Categorize Your Lists So They’re Less Daunting

Usually all of the things I have to get done end up in one giant list which looks very overwhelming and difficult to start. By dividing my giant to-do list into smaller categories (like projects, work, cleaning, shopping lists) it’s easier to navigate and see what really needs to get done when.

 

Now go forth and organize!

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