10 Easy Ways To Stay Organized In 2018

10 Easy Ways To Stay Organized In 2018

These are my ways of staying on top of the ball as we kick off into the New Year!

Hey everyone! This is my first ever post for the Odyssey and I am excited to share my special techniques that I will be using this year to stay organized!

1. Make use of the calendar app on your iPhone!

I discovered that your calendar app can do wonders at helping you stay on top of things. Adding things to get done for the day and setting up times to do it has helped me tremendously!

2. Checklists are a MUST.

Jotting down the things you need to get done ASAP always help me get it done faster! After you've completed the task, the best part is always marking that check in the box next to it!

3. Keep your room tidy!

Cleaning your room before you start your day can help you more than you know with your organization. It also gives you confidence and more energy to a better start for a great day.

4. Make your bed!

Instead of leaving in a rush out the door, make some extra time for yourself to make up your bed. It might not seem like it is something worth doing but I promise you, it makes all the difference coming home after a long day!

5. Use a planner

Try investing in a pretty looking planner! I invested in one last semester and it has been my saying grace ever since. Writing down all of my assignments helps me stay organized and has me feeling less stressed.

6. Stick Stick Stick!

Writing simple tasks down on sticky notes and attaching them to my desk mantle has helped me get things done way faster than before! Getting to take that sticky note off my desk and throwing it right into the trash makes me feel so much more accomplished.

7. Keep your backpack neat!

Make sure that you take a look in the pockets of your backpack as often as you can to empty out old homework, leftover scraps, etc! This will have you feeling weirdly less stressed about getting assignments done, reaching for that last assignment you cannot find and getting your tasks done!

8. Set deadlines for yourself!

Give yourself specific timelines of when you want a certain job to get done. Tell your friends that you will get your list of things to do done by the end of the day and stick to it. Sometimes, telling friends can help you and them stay motivated!

9. Out with the old, in with the new!

Spend some extra free time on getting rid of any old things such as clothes, school books, etc! Clean out your closet and try to make more space in your living area. A spacious work area can make all the difference in getting your work done!

10. Last but not least, REWARD YOURSELF.

When getting a task out of the way, the best accomplishment after doing it is getting to reward yourself. Don't get caught up getting worried about the little things too quick. Instead, take a break, relax, watch a movie, then resume your day of work!

I hope all of these ways of staying organized can help you as we kick off into the new year!

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10 Things You'll Recognize If You Grew Up In A Small Town

Those stop signs were more like suggestions.

Whether you're from the Northwest or Southeast, all small towns share basically the same characteristics.

From hanging out at car washes to eating endless meals at that Mexican restaurant, if you're from a small town, you'll probably relate to one (if not all) of these things:

1. Yes, that Mexican restaurant.

Whether you came here to eat after ball games or simply came because there was nothing better to do, you probably spent way to much money on burritos and cheese dip. (For real though, cheese dip was so worth that extra $3).

2. Churches. Churches everywhere.

There seemed to be more churches than people, and everywhere you went one of them was staring you in the face. At least you knew that the whole town was covered on seats when it came to Sunday services.

3. Yep, you hung out at the car wash.

For some odd reason, teenagers like to hang out at the car wash. We don't know why we did, we just did. No car every got cleaned. We just sat on our hoods or tailgates and talked or listened the music. What a wild night.

4. Quick stops.

Gas stations were called quick stops and thank God for those quick stops. You could fill up your tank and get a snack without having to drive 30 minutes to the nearest city. Plus their boiled peanuts were always the bomb. #blessed

5. "Stop" signs.

Those stop signs were more like suggestions. No cop, no stop, right? Same thing with speed limits - merely suggestions.

6. The football field.

Fall Friday nights were made for football games, and there was no getting out of it. Do any of you small town girls really remember going on a Friday night date? Yeah, me neither. Football games were the closest you were going to get to a date on Fridays. You either waited for Saturday or the end of the season. Honestly though, those Friday nights hold some of you and your friends' favorite memories.

7. The good ole grocery store.

Sorry bud, Walmart, Costo, and Kroger were 30 minutes away, and driving to the city was not about to happen. You either went to Shop and Save or Piggly Wiggly for your groceries.

8. "The park."

You either played as a kid, coached a peewee team, refereed as a teenager, or simply watched your siblings play here. No matter the case, you've been to the park, and you're lying if you say you haven't.

9. Those white welcome signs.

Literal *cringe* just looking at it. Passing this sign after coming home from the city meant you were once again stuck in this little town with nothing to do, but you honestly kind of love having nothing to do sometimes.

10. This view.

Sure, there's not a whole lot going on in your small town, but with views like this you can't complain. #NatureIsCool #SoAreSmallTowns

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer


Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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