In both School & University; Organisation is key and becomes even more important at university, where it all depends on YOU. Whilst the word Organisation appeared frequently in my school reports – in a negative way may I add – I’ve always liked the idea of organisation but have never really conquered it; however I have definitely picked up a few tips for those of us who may need a refresher lesson or perhaps need to sort their life out ASAP. As you are caring totally for yourself at university – no parents to bring your spare PE kit to school – it’s important to keep these tips in mind to keep ahead and out of the terrible – I’ve left it to the last minute – situation.
Check Your Timetable
Sometimes university schedules can be generally the same for practically the whole year but other times they can change week by week or have something pop up last minute. So to make sure you know what exact days you are needed in; make sure to check your timetable daily or weekly – your university will likely have it accessible on an internet portal for you to view whenever you would like. A great idea would be to print it out and – if you’re allowed – to stick it on your bedroom walls or wardrobes so you can see ahead and not have to keep checking.
Create a Weekly Schedule
Once you have your timetable you can finally start organising yourself around it. Set up a table on excel or windows and input your timetable from the university as well as times you may need to research or revise, or alternatively get yourself a Weekly Planner Pad like this cute one from Busy B to write out what you’re doing each week; – I’ve never quite gotten the hand of excel so much prefer writing out my week by hand – it even comes with magnets so you can stick it on your fridge or a magnetic white board . After this, you will be able to see when you have some free time which either you can possibly use for a new hobby, joining a university club or perhaps maybe just a Netflix & Nutella session. However, by organising it beforehand you won’t get yourself in a panic and will be able to keep on top of your university studies.
Write it Down
Whenever I’m at a lecture or perhaps having a cheeky shopping spree around the city, I always carry with me my Ted Baker Notebook. I mainly keep it close to my side for blogging post idea’s or for noting down my favourite blogs but it’s always handy if you quickly need to note down someone’s details or in this case, important university details. You’ll probably find you’ll have a few course meetings throughout the year that detail anything important coming up soon, for these occasions, it’s always best to be ready rather than scrambling around your coursemates for a spare piece of paper and a pen to spare.
Yes it may be cosier, comfier and a damn sight easier to stay and in bed and do your university work snuggled up – especially in the colder months – but you’ll probably find out of the eight hours you had for essay writing, seven of those hours will be procrastinating on youtube caught in the endless cycle of cat video’s and movie trailers. When I have a desk to work on – even though it hurts to sit on a hard chair all day – I do work considerably faster and more efficient. Make sure you tidy away and organise all your junk that seems to magically grow on your desk into it’s right places and add a few things like a plant, maybe a nice drinks glass and snack to give you incentive to get cracking on with that important deadline and you’ll find that work will be done in now time at all.
Pack Your Bag the Night Before
Always nagged by my mother to do this at school – to which I never did unless it was the first day back – packing your bag the night before is a great way to take the stress out of a Monday morning where perhaps you’ve woke up late, forgotten what day it is and whether you have to be in university or not – yes it does happen pretty frequently – . Check in your planner the night before which class you’re attending, what you’re planning to do for the rest of the day and what you may need to keep in your bag. This way you won’t be in a rush and have time to chill, eat breakfast and maybe catch up on the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars all before the day has started.
Plan your Outfits
Again this is practically the same is above; I can’t even count the number of times I’ve woken up – even sometimes If I’m lucky with an outfit in mind – and I can find nothing to wear or an outfit I’d had planned actually looks god awful and I wonder what part of my brain came up with the hideous concoction. Make sure the night before you place an outfit together and maybe try it out to see if it fits right and if the clothes together – colour and print clashing does NOT always work – then you can sort any outfit changes out before the rush of the morning and avoid the typical floor-drobe.
start research & essays early
And last but not least – probably the most important – is not to leave everything to the last minute. It doesn’t work. Sure you may scrape that pass when you thought you were going to fail by leaving it till two days before a deadline, everyone’s done it; Hell I’ve done it too, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. I’ve narrowly missed on some better grades and at some points in education I could have done CONSIDERABLY better – as every teacher says ‘you have potential’ which is literally the most annoying sentence ever – Make sure you keep on top of work as it’s coming in, because unlike school and college you’ll find there’s a heck of a lot to do in a short amount of time and it will swallow you whole, everything will become last priority to you apart from uni work. You won’t even remember the word hygiene and dinners that aren’t takeaway based until after that dreaded deadline.
What are your best tips for keeping on top of your university workload? Let me know down below in the comments!