How Becoming Organized in College Changed My Life
As many college students can attest, being unorganized in college can make your life extremely stressful. As I arrived at a prestigious college with the dream of becoming an accountant, I learned this the hard way very early in my freshman year.
I had tons of motivation to thrive in my classes, so I promised myself that I would complete every assignment as early as possible so that I could be on top of everything. My very first semester, I found out how difficult this would be. For example, I was taking a class about ancient history in the Middle East, which I found incredibly dull; however, it was a requirement for general education, and I was determined to ace it. Three weeks into my class experience, I completely spaced-out in the first exam, and the highest grade I could get was a B-. I dropped the class the next day.
What I Did
There was no way I could continue with that track record my whole college career and I realized it was time to get serious. I started planning out every aspect of my life; from schoolwork to working out, I knew what I would be doing each day.
Each evening, I would plan my next day hour by hour. I would check and plan any assignments I had due as well as the classes I had coming up, and then schedule the time to complete each assignment. I also wrote down what time I would work out, wake up and go to sleep, and even what time I would eat each day. Each week, I would also take an hour to do a weekly planning session, where I went over my goals for the week and what I needed to accomplish. While that might sound like overkill for some, planning my life out brought some incredible changes.
How My Life Improved
I have always experienced extreme anxiety when it comes to school and assignments in general. When I started planning each day, I overcame a large portion of this anxiety because I would check off each assignment once I completed it. I could always see what I had completed and what was pending, just by reviewing my schedule and task list in my planner.
There is a lot that I learned from planning each day and continued to become more disciplined. If I could go back and do it again, I would use a digital planner like Sortifyd to better organize myself. Using paper worked for me, but I bought a new notebook every month and I often didn’t carry it with me. So having an organized, sleek app available for my lists and plans would have been life-changing.
Take it from me, planning will help you change your life. Life is so much better when you’re organized and hitting your goals.
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