The Savior That Is Organizing

The Savior That Is Organizing

Ten years ago, I would've laughed at the idea of being organized.


Recently, I've gotten questions about my newest whiteboard––a whiteboard that has a five-week fill-it-in-yourself calendar, space on the side for a list and a corkboard strip at the bottom.

"Do you really need that?"
"Can't you just use your phone?"
"Are you preparing to be a teacher?"

I'm not offended by any of the questions because all of them give me a chance to explain my madness (and are typically asked jokingly).

Yes, I do "really need" it. I need that representation of the next five weeks in a clear way for me to see, not on a small screen or within the confines of what I can do on an app. Honestly, I need more than one color for it, too, but that's something I'm working on.

Yes, I can "just use my phone," and I do. I use it for single-day events and as a quick reminder for things, but I don't want my calendar cluttered with days-long events like "boi out of town" or weekend events like "paint with parents."

No, I'm not "preparing to be a teacher," but I wouldn't be upset if that's where my life takes me. Having the preparation beforehand can't exactly be bad, and my ability to remember important dates is as bad as an elementary schooler's.

I'm managing my anxiety in the best way I know how.

One of the biggest anxiety triggers for me is time. I don't know if I can properly explain what it is about time that makes my chest squeeze and my head spin, but it does.

The best thing I've learned about managing that specific anxiety is taking as detailed notes as possible about what I have to do. If that means having a whiteboard calendar, my phone calendar and a list of important dates and what those are on my OneNote, then that's what it means for me.

My new whiteboard calendar for my anxiety about time isn't the only organizational habit I've recently picked up. My closet is color- and weather-coordinated because that way I don't have to spend as much time in the morning fretting about what to wear.

Having it organized and sorted like that helps me in the mornings when I'm self-conscious and hate everything about myself. It makes it easier for me to find my comfort clothing, which sometimes is the only thing keeping a bad morning from turning horrendous.

Ten years ago, I would have laughed at the idea of being this organized. Ten years ago, I didn't realize I had anxiety.

Today, I would not be able to function without my organizational tools. Today, I'm still finding ways of better managing my anxiety.

It's really a life-long process, but man has organizing my life made my anxiety so much easier to deal with.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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20 Binge-Worthy Shows To Watch If You Are Stuck In Tuscaloosa Over The Holidays

There has never been a better time to spend countless hours on your couch watching a ridiculous amount of TV.


The holidays are normally a time that you spend with your closest friends and family in your hometown, but when you choose to go to college far away from your hometown things often do not go as smoothly as planned. Being far away from home for college can result in the inability to travel home for the holidays. Whether work is the obstacle or it is just too far to travel for such a short time, being away for the holidays is a reality for many college students. The campus will be a ghost town and then you are stuck wondering what to do without having your best friends around 24/7. Well, there is nothing wrong with spending the break snuggled up binge watching some of the best shows on Netflix. Here is a list of all types of different shows perfect for binge-watching over break!

Short, sitcom-like shows that you can watch a ridiculous number of episodes of in a day:

New Girl (7 seasons)

Girl Boss (1 season)

Parks and Recreation (7 seasons)

Brooklyn 99 (5 seasons) *you will have to head over to Hulu for this gem

Some suspense for those who like to be on the edge of their seats:

How to Get Away With Murder (4 seasons)

Mindhunter (1 season)

Ozark (2 seasons)

Bates Motel (5 seasons)

For the lover of crime shows:

Evil Genius (1 season)

Criminal Minds (12 seasons)

Dexter (8 seasons)

Making a Murderer (2 parts)

Drama, love, cute boys: all the staples of a great TV show:

Gilmore Girls (7 seasons)

Jane the Virgin (4 seasons)

Shameless (8 seasons)

One Tree Hill (9 seasons) *sadly you will have to head over to Hulu for this one too, but it is well worth it I promise.

Honorable Mentions:

Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce (4 seasons)

The Carrie Diaries (2 seasons)

Mad Men (7 seasons)

Quantico (3 seasons)

No one wants to spend the holidays away from their families, but sometimes that is the way life goes. It is getting colder outside and there is now no good excuse to leave your house at all. So, use this time to enjoy your own company and catch up on some of the shows that school and social activities have kept you away from. Happy watching!

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