I haven’t blogged in over a month: wow! My first two months at college have been a whirlwind and I haven’t had time to sit down and write. Now that things are starting to settle down, I’m getting into a routine that (hopefully!) will include more blogging. My classes are challenging but definitely manageable, and I’m getting involved with a couple different organizations on campus. In terms of my college experience thus far, I am definitely in the right place! I love the people, the weather, and the campus so much.
For me, the biggest shift between high school and college is that my days are far less structured. It’s great to be able to do what I want when I want. At the same time, it’s hard to set aside enough time to get everything done that I need to! Staying organized can be a real challenge. I tried using a planner at the beginning of the school year but I had a hard time keeping track of random to-dos (like mailing letters or cleaning my sneakers) and when I had meetings or appointments. Some people have planners that are broken down by the hour, but mine doesn’t: that may be part of my issue! By trial and error, I’ve found that the system that works best for me is using a combination of iCalendar, to-do lists, and my agenda to keep everything straight.
By trial and error, I’ve found that the system that works best for me is using a combination of iCalendar, to-do lists, and my agenda to keep everything straight. Here’s a peek into my organization system!
iCalendar // I use my digital calendar to map out my day. At the beginning of the semester, I put in all of my class times and reoccurring events (like sorority meetings). As other things like club meetings or appointments come up, I fill them in as well. I also color code my calendar so I can see a visual representation of how long I’m spending on everything. One of the things I really like about using iCalendar is that everything syncs between my laptop and my phone. It’s so convenient! If you prefer, Google Calendar works almost the same way and has an app you can download on your phone as well.
To-Do List // I keep a running to-do list of random things that need to get done. A lot of times I will think of something right before I go to sleep, so I keep a notebook next to my bed to jot down thoughts! I like to have a paper list rather than using Reminders on my phone because I like the satisfaction of crossing things off when I do them!
Agenda // My agenda is always in my backpack or purse! I mostly use it to keep track of assignments. I’ll also write down a couple things off my to-do list if I need to get them done that day. Everyone does something different, but I record my assignments on the day that they are due. There are plenty of different planners out there! The key is to find one that will make staying organized easy for you. I got mine at Target.
If you have any questions or comments please reach out to me! How are you staying organized this semester?