Life is a mess, so it’s important to try and have some sense of order. As someone with a Type A personality, being organized is super important. I write everything in my planner. I color code things. My closet has gone through several re-organizing sessions – I’ve ordered them by color, type and sleeve length.
You might think I’m a little crazy, but you should see how I set up my shoes. It’s chaos.
The truth is, having your closet ordered by color or your books in alphabetical order doesn’t actually matter that much. You might enjoy it, it might make things easier, but in reality, it’s not something of high importance.
Real organization skills that will you help you get through life easier are things like knowing what your day is going to look like, being prepared and knowing how to manage your time.
The best thing you can do is get a planner. I swear by my planner – I am a pretty forgetful person, so I have to constantly check it to make sure I’m not missing a meeting or deadline. It also helps me manage my time. I can glance at the day I’m about to have and know that it might not be a good idea to schedule a third meeting that day.
If you’re not already a somewhat organized person, college is the time to practice, especially with time management. Because once you get into the real world, people are a little less forgiving of being late. It’s also a good time to learn not to overbook yourself, and to take time for yourself.
Being organized is also about allocating your energy for more important things, and for keeping track of how you’re taking care of yourself. It’s like that saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Don’t be that empty cup.
And always remember to keep your priorities straight – don’t work on something due two days from now and leave the assignment due tomorrow until later, no matter how much you don’t want to do it.
Hope this helps! How else do you all stay organized?