10 Ways To Become More Productive And Organized

10 Ways To Become More Organized And Productive

Struggling to stay organized is a common issue for people, but there are many ways to make a change in your life and get better at it. Here are some daily habits that have helped me - hopefully they can help you as well!

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Something that I've struggled with in my life since I can remember is organization - in school and just in life. Over the years I've learned some skills and habits that have helped me become (and stay) organized. I still have some work to do, but I'm getting better at it every day! Here are some suggestions I have if you're looking to make a change in your organization and productivity:

1. Use a planner

Planners are a fun and easy way to get a schedule in place that can help you visualize what you need to do and when it needs to be done. Picking a planner can be exciting, and even using stickers and colored pens is good way to get yourself to actually use it. Not going to lie, when I first got a planner, that's what it took for me to get in the habit of using it.

2. Write down your goals

Writing down goals reminds you why you are working hard and why you need to get things done. Everyone has rough days, and sometimes you need to look at your goals to motivate you to keep moving forward. These goals can even be small tasks or things you want to conquer like learning something new or scoring a certain grade on an exam - or they can be bigger goals such as graduating and starting your career.

3. Come up with a routine

Routines get us into the habit of being productive and remembering to do so. Morning, night time, and after school routines can make a huge difference in your everyday life. It's interesting to watch other's routines on Youtube and understand what they do to keep themselves in check - so if you need some ideas that is something to look into.

4. Make lists and check them off

Making lists have been a huge part of my productivity. This is one of the most helpful techniques I've used to encourage myself to get things done. Completing tasks and checking them off a list is a great way to see progress and visualize your accomplishments which is very satisfying and rewarding!

5. Make your bed when you wake up

This sounds like a silly and simple task that doesn't make much of a difference in your day-to-day life, but you would be surprised. Recently I have gotten in the habit of making my bed EVERY morning. For some reason it makes my head feel more clear, and it's a refreshing thing to come home to after a long day.

​6. Create a clean work space

It is usually difficult to be productive when things are a mess. Trust me, I would know. I have found that when I clean up my room and make myself an area to get work done, I accomplish way more. It helps me feel more clear headed and less overwhelmed.

​7. Don't let your laundry build up

This goes along with keeping a clean work space - we are all guilty of being lazy now and then when it comes to doing laundry. Although, the more it builds up, the more difficult it becomes to deal with. Often times even when I do my laundry, it will still take me awhile to get myself to sit down and fold the clothes. I have found though that the more often I do it, the less overwhelming it becomes.

​8. Review notes after class and keep supplies organized

Reviewing your notes everyday is a great way to reflect on what you learned earlier. Doing this before bed is especially beneficial because that is the last thing you think about before you fall asleep. This results in much better retention of the material you've gone over which is a reason it is such a helpful thing to do.

9. Use your phone to help you

Everyday we walk around with our phones with us and we use it all the time. Although phone use can be unhealthy and these days it consumes too much of our time, it's a great resource to get organized and stay productive. Using the Reminder App that comes with a lot of phones is a great tool to use, so is the calendar and timer. If you're as forgetful as I am this is definitely something you should use to your advantage!

​10. Hold yourself accountable

These tips and habits may seem like a lot to keep up with but once you get used to them they will become second nature. Try not to push these things aside and go about your day - remember what you've forgotten to do or reflect on what you need to get better at. Keep track of how often you are doing these things, maybe even write down when you forgot something so you can do it differently next time.


Your organization and productivity is all in your own control! The only thing getting in the way of making a change is yourself, remember that.

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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

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3. I look up to...

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4. This art speaks to me because...

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5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

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6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

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7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

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10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

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16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Dear teacher that I used to love,

I used to love going to your classes in elementary school.

I used to love the after school activities that you would have.

I used to love coming over spending the night (since I became friends with your daughter).

I loved all the new things everyone introduced me to.

I loved how you would let me stay for a week because the snow wouldn't stop.

But somehow that all began to change...due to one little incident.

It was a misunderstanding, but how it was dealt with at the beginning was not right.

Calling out a high schooler when your the adult also is not the right way

Calling them out on social media is never the right way to deal with things, no matter the situation.

It hurt me that you felt that way about me, and the things that were said on that post hurt.

So when you apologized to me one day about it, and then asking me to come and join an activity like nothing ever happened.

At that time I couldn't forgive because I was still hurt and angry by everything that happened.

From that post it told me how you felt about me, over something that was miscommunicated. But because we had slightly different views on things that worsened things in my opinion.

Sure did I comment on somethings saying my opinion on things? Yes. But it was just to bring in information that most people didn't fully understand, not to bring you down.

Now today if I see you in public sometimes we say hi, but not so much anymore.

I see on social media that you comment on other students accomplishments in school or in life.

But whenever I post something about my life, or an article I get nothing. And honestly, it hurts a lot.

I would think I would at least get a like, but honestly I feel that anything I post doesn't even get looked at.

I have moved passed that post. The hurt is still there though.

Sincerely,

Your former elementary school student

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