Simple Ways To Stay Organized While Still Living A Fulfilling Life

Simple Ways To Stay Organized While Still Living A Fulfilling Life

"For me, a calm house equals a calm heart equals a calm life." - Erica Layne

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College students are continuously busy with their different tasks, responsibilities, and roles that they need to fulfill. They are students who are involved with campus life. They may have a job or an internship on top of their studies. They could be doing any number of things at a given time.

These days I find myself bouncing from one place to the other and it can be so hard to make sure I have everything I need for the place I am at. I switch things out so often that sometimes I forget something. These are 5 things that have helped me stay as organized as I possibly can be during my time at college.

1. Bags. Bags For Everything 

I keep everything in smaller bags. I have a bag for my chargers and my headphones, a bag for all of my pencils, pens, highlighters, and my mini stapler, and then a bag for more personal items that I might need throughout the day.

I am constantly moving stuff from my backpack to my purse or vice versa. I have been in way too many situations where there was something I needed, but I was off campus and had completely forgotten it somewhere in my room.

Once I started putting the things I want to always have with me in smaller bags, I stopped forgetting them. Going along with this I have a spare phone charger that just stays in my little bag, that way I know I will always have it if I need it.

2. Google Calendar/Tasks

Google Calendar & Google Tasks have been an absolute lifesaver this year. It's not that I didn't know that these things existed, because I did; I had just never utilized them until closer to the end of 2018. I always carried around my handy dandy planner, which worked great for most of my time at college.

The older you get in school, the fuller schedules become, and as a girl who has very large handwriting, a planner was no longer cutting it for me. I began to switch over to Google Calendar and I was putting homework assignments on due dates and I absolutely hated it.

I hated that half of my stuff was on the calendar and I was still handwriting my to-do lists. I then switched over to Google Tasks and boy oh boy did that make things so much easier. I was able to write out my to-do list, assign a date in it, and it would then automatically import into my Google Calendar and once I would cross it off my to-do list, it was crossed off on my calendar as well; and that was a visual that I very much appreciated.

3. Picking Out An Outfit Out The Night Before

Okay, I admit, I'm not the best at this one. Very rarely do I actually set an outfit out the night before, but I do go over to my closet and look through my outfits and try to decide on one. It definitely makes things easier on me in the mornings. Let's be honest, I don't always wake up on time; snooze might just be my favorite button to hit in the mornings. So, it really helps me to have an idea of what I want to wear the next day. At least this way if I wake up late, I don't have to worry about what I am going to wear.

4. Packing My Bag The Night Before 

Same thing as setting an outfit out the night before, when I run late it makes it 100% easier for me if my bag is mostly packed. I am able to get out the door faster than I would if I had to go and pack it in the morning. Obviously I can't pack everything the night before, but doing this tends to work out well. If I don't pack my bag the night before, I am almost guaranteed to forget something that I am going to need for the next day, especially if I woke up late. Being scatterbrained is no joke, people!

5. Tidying Up The Night Before

Tidying up the night before is relaxing for me. It just puts me in an overall better mood when I go to bed. If I go to bed in a good mood, there is a better chance that I am going to wake up in a good mood. Tidying up also clears my mind by clearing my space. A clear mind is a more focused and productive mind. I can't even focus on homework in my room without it being somewhat clean and organized. If it isn't, my mind roams until I get up and decide to clean. I also like being able to wake up and my room be clean. When my things are tidied up, I am just simply at peace with my environment.

Most of these things are things that I almost never did while I was in high school, but while I have been in college they have been some of the most helpful things that I have done.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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