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Staying Busy but Sane

Clock faceHigh school was busy, but nothing compares to how busy college life can get. Between classes, homework, extracurriculars, a social life, and a professional life, you need to have time for yourself.

Scheduling that can be hard. You also have to eat, sleep, and do daily chores like laundry and keeping your room clean.

To say my life can be hectic is an understatement. Personally, I am in 5 classes, the president of a club, on the executive board for my fraternity chapter, and I also hold positions in at least three other clubs. Keeping track of assignments, due dates,  and appointments can get crazy. Eventually you will lose track.

I use three methods to keep me organized. Hopefully they can help you out too!

Calendars. I use four calendars in my daily routine:

  1. A monthly calendar for long term projects and events.
  2. A weekly calendar that helps me figure out what I need to do on a weekly basis
  3. My school planner that keeps track of my homework
  4. My phone  calendar that keeps track of my social life.

Sticky notes. My friends think I am crazy with all the sticky notes I have stuck in different places in my room. I use them mostly for remembering to takes things with me to class or to do quick chores like take out the trash.

Location. Leave important things in obvious places.

Putting your homework or flash drive that you need to take to class next to your keys really helps you remember to take it with you. One of my biggest issues freshman year was completing the homework but leaving it sit on my desk instead of taking it with me to class. Frustrating!

Regardless of how you choose to keep yourself organized, make sure that you have the ability to stay on top of everything that you need to do.

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give about staying organized is to know where your limit is. Burnout is a real thing and when you burn out, every part of your life can suffer. Staying organized is one of the best ways to prevent burnout and to help make sure that you have ample time for your own personal well being.