For me, Sunday is the day of the week I use to blast music, clean (and dance) around my apartment, recharge and well, basically get my …. stuff together. Heading into my third week of school I thought writing a quick post on how to keep organized and on top of your to-do list – whether it be school, work, or personal life, would be a good idea as we start in on a hectic time of year.
- Map it out. Whether you use an app to stay on top of what you have on the go or are like me and like writing lists out by hand, it’s important to have a visual of what you need to get done. For tech-friendly bloggers, check out the Do! App. It allows you to make lists for groceries, errands, bills, projects, or anything else you can think of with alarm notifications and calendar views. For the old-fashioned pen and paper gals, your agenda will be your best friend. Invest the $30 on a good journal with lots of pages for notes. My go to for years has been the Lilly Pulitzer agendas but I also use a ton of big pad Post-Its to stick on my fridge and front door to remind me of important things to get done that day.
- Prioritize. It’s tempting to tackle the fun projects first. Take a realistic look at what you have to do. You have no fresh fruit or veggies in your fridge? Get up and go grocery shopping. You have a huge presentation at the end of the week that you haven’t practiced? Sign out of Facebook! Part of being organized (and adulating) is understanding that sometimes the things you want to do must take a backseat for the things you have to do.
- Time manage. During my undergrad I Tweeted with the hashtag #ProcrastinationQueen… Like it was funny or cute. It’s not. Leaving things up the the last minute is the worst for so many reasons. Saying “I work best under pressure” is a total myth. It leads to spelling mistakes, sloppy work, and keeps you from presenting your best self. Trust me, start things early. You’ll preform better, sleep better, and feel better when you’re not living under a huge cloud of stress.
- Take breaks. Yes, managing your time is important but so is your wellness. Don’t drive yourself mad trying to get a project done without taking time for yourself as well. Go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee, or watch an episode of a TV show. Get out of the space your working in and have a change of scenery. Coming back to your tasks with a fresh set of eyes can give you a new perspective.
- Unplug. We’re living a world that is so connected that it can be hard to separate your personal life from your work. Power down or hide your phone in a drawer. Be present in what your doing.
- Stay Positive! This one is the most important. You can have all your dates written out and everything in your life scheduled to a T but without a positive outlook you’ll be at a standstill. If you’re stressed talk it out with a friend, ask for help when you need it, and remember that having a work/life balance is the most important thing of all.
Here’s to crossing things off the to-do list!