5 Ways To Stay More Organized This Semester

5 Ways To Stay More Organized This Semester

Follow these tips and you'll be rocking and rolling.

As the new semester begins, I’d like to share some tips about staying organized. It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed, so try and use some of these to help avoid feeling burnt out too early or confused on where to start!

1. Write it down!

You may think your memory is flawless but I’m here to burst that bubble for you: it’s definitely not perfect. To avoid forgetting things, write down all your assignments and due dates somewhere. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a notebook. If you use your cellphone a lot or always have it on you, write them down in your notes or calendar app. This way, you have a better idea of how to allot your time to work on everything, and you’ll feel less stressed since you have everything accounted for.

2. Color code

This technique can be applied to scheduling, notetaking, and more. By assigning different colors to different groups, things will be more clear and stand out. It limits the chances of you making mistakes or forgetting.

3. Prioritize

A pretty self-explanatory thing, but just remember to do it. Start things early so you don’t end up cramming at the last minute. The earlier you start, the better the quality of your work!

4. Set goals

This may be as easy as creating a checklist or staying on the study grind during exams. While there may be periods of time where you feel like all you’re doing is studying, it’s important to push through those. To make that process easier, set subgoals and long-term goals. By keeping the big picture in mind, it can be a lot easier to complete the smaller tasks. Also, be kind to yourself: reinforce the good behaviors and treat yourself after accomplishing your goals.

5. Form habits

According to Jon Miltimore from the Foundation for Economic Education, it takes about 21 days to form most good, simple habits. So, by following these tips and others you may have come across, you can set yourself up for a solid routine. This routine can help bring you success and maximize your productivity!

These are just a few tips that I have felt have worked well for me, though are tons more to consider and try out too. Good luck for this semester!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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