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10 Ways To Stay Organized When Your Life Is Far From It

Note to self, make it happen.

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It's that time of year when your new year's resolutions are falling through and the overwhelming feeling of battling second semester and all the perks that come with it are starting to kick in. You may be drowning in homework, extracurricular activities, work, spending time with friends and all the other college festivities. Sound familiar?

When life seems to be going 60 miles per hour in a 45-speed limit zone, it can be hard to stay organized and keep track of your priorities. Maybe your sticky notes aren't cutting it when it comes to creating to-do lists, or perhaps your work schedule and campus event dates are colliding. Whatever it is, now is the perfect time to try out these tried-and-true ways to stay organized and conquer the rest of the semester and whatever follows.

1. Wake up earlier

Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of the day. I get so much more done by waking up early. Plus, when night time rolls around, I can enjoy a relaxing evening with no stress. I highly suggest waking up an hour earlier than you normally do because hey, that's one less hour you have to stay up late working on assignments or all the other things you procrastinated doing.

2. Structure your day

Keeping the morning theme going, there's no better time to plan out your day and think of some goals you want to achieve. For me, I like to check my inbox, get my backpack ready for class and write out the day's to-do list. This acts as a reminder for the times when it feels like my day is all over the place and I am in need of a little structure.

3. Declutter

I don't know about you, but if I am stressed or overwhelmed after a full day of being gone from my dorm, the last thing I want to do is walk into a messy environment. Looking at a pile of clothes or desk drawers overflowing with crap can cause my work motivation to become invisible. Knowing where to find everything allows me to move about my day and complete what needs to be done in a more fast and efficient way.

4. Keep a planner

Finding a good planner not only allows you to visually see and plan out your months, weeks and days, but it also helps you with time management and can improve your productivity. In college, especially with a busy schedule, my planner is basically my life line and I take it with me everywhere. I don't know how I could get through school, and life in general, without a planner. I definitely recommend purchasing and using one if you don't already.

5. Prioritize your time wisely

Something I learned throughout high school and my 1st semester of college is to prioritize your time wisely. By identifying what needs to be done and what can wait till later is the first step. Balancing your time and thinking ahead can make a huge impact on your day-to-day life and really help yourself out in the long run.

6. Get in the right frame of mind

The best thing to do when you have a busy week ahead of you and are trying to find a balance is to create the right mindset. Going into a stressful situation with a positive mindset can be a game changer. Focus on the present and turn your failures into lessons.

7. Star important emails

When there are days where it feels like you have an infinite number of unread emails, this is when starring them comes into handy. I always tend to look at my inbox when I am on the go and don't have time to read through them all. Starring them allows you to create a mental reminder to go back and look when you have time.

8. Color code

If you were to look at my planner right now, you would think I am crazy. I plan out my week in advance on Sunday nights and highlight important tasks that pop up during the week. Color coding is a great way to show balance and separate certain tasks from one another. Having a few colored pens doesn't hurt and will definitely add a bit of structure to your week's plans.

9. Take a technology detox

Taking breaks from completing tasks is totally okay, but if it comes to a point where your day is wasted by looking at a phone screen, something needs to be done to fix it. With technology being an easy distraction, it can be hard to get work done. Instead, set a timer or shut your phone off when you are on your work grind.

10. Take time for yourself

When you feel unorganized and unmotivated, it is important to stop and take time for yourself. Whether that be applying a face mask, watching your favorite series on Netflix or treating yourself to a coffee on campus, it is important that before continuing all your hard work, you take time to let yourself and your health come first.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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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...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

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

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

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

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

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...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

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...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



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...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

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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5 Things To Look Forward To Even In The Middle Of End Of The Year Stress

There's always something to look forward to.

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School is so close to the end. Seniors will be graduating really soon and juniors are now either nervous or excited about senior year. 8th graders are scared about entering into the most important 4 years of their lives so far. And of course, a yearly stress every high schooler will go through are AP exams. But, even with all these things in mind, here are 5 things to look forward to even in the middle of everything else.

1. Weather

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Summer comes with so many amazing things. But, one of my all time favorites is weather. The weather is perfect for a nice picnic or a pool party. The sun shining always puts people in a good mood.

2. Sleep

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Summer is the time to catch up on all the sleep you've missed this past year due to studying or doing homework. Now, you can freely sleep in and stay up as long as you want while getting the full 8 hours or more.

3. Vacations/ Stay-cations

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This is the time to go explore and travel the world and experience new things. Seeing new cultures around the world and trying new foods is a great part of going on vacation. If not going on vacation, staying at home and relaxing is always a great way to rest your body and brain from everything.

4. Hanging out

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This is the time to go explore and travel the world and experience new things. Seeing new cultures around the world and trying new foods is a great part of going on vacation. If not going on vacation, staying at home and relaxing is always a great way to rest your body and brain from everything.

5. Movie nights

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Even though you have the option to sleep, obviously a movie marathon would be highly considered because sleeping in is always the right choice during the summer.

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