De-Clutter Your Life: 3 Quick and Easy Ways to Become Organized

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed by everything you need to get done? If so, you’re not alone. Knowing how to manage your time effectively across many activities such as school, work, and friends is a key to student success. Improving your time management skills now is a fantastic asset and tool to help you excel academically.
As far as busy schedules go, I consider myself to be an expert. I’m a full-time college student who is always doing something. I work in a hectic restaurant, I have a social life, I participate in volunteer activities… I had to pencil in the time to write this blog post! If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that excellent time management is a powerful tool that you should develop as early as possible. If you’re the type to leave things until the last minute or are currently feeling stressed, you don’t need to worry. I had procrastinating down to a true art form, but becoming busier and busier in recent years pushed me to learn how to properly handle doing an array of different tasks, without feeling consumed by stress. Even if you don’t currently think of yourself as an organized person, good time management skills can be developed, and I’ll get you started with just three easy steps to start being more organized today.
The first step is recognizing what your priorities are. For example, if getting good grades and doing well in school is most important to you, then you may want to study for that upcoming test instead of offering to pick up an extra shift at work that week. To help you realize what your top priorities are, try thinking of what has to be done first. Should you binge-watch your favourite show on Netflix this weekend, or should you start the assignment you’ve been putting off for weeks? The first option does sound more appealing – but once you’ve gotten the more pressing task out of the way, you will have more time to spend on things that you enjoy doing. Go on, reward yourself. You prioritized – you deserve it.
Another tip for managing your time more effectively is to set time limits for specific tasks; this can help increase your productivity if you get distracted easily. Try setting aside an hour to work on an essay, and allow yourself a 30-minute break afterwards. For that hour, you should feel more determined and focused, as you’ve designated that time slot to focus on that particular activity. Knowing that you will be able to take a break after the hour has gone by will motivate you while working; you’ll be less likely to lose focus or shift your attention to something entirely unrelated to what you are working on. Repeat the process of setting time constraints and adjust them accordingly for each task, and you’ll be surprised to find yourself concentrating harder and working more efficiently than ever before.
Finally, my third piece of advice is keeping a written list of what needs to be done. Whether you choose to do this manually with a personal organizer or with a phone app, having a space to decide when to do which activities can be extremely helpful and reduce feelings of stress that come with having a chaotic schedule. Getting all of your cluttered thoughts of what needs to be done and writing them down can be especially helpful, and can ensure that you don’t end up forgetting something important.
Knowing how to manage your time effectively is an incredible tool to help you achieve academic success. Improving your time management skills now can help you balance several activities without feeling the pressure of being overwhelmed with too much to do. Take the time to prioritize your tasks, set time limits, and keep an inventory of what needs to be done, and relax – you’ve got this.
  Do you have time management tips of your own? What have you found particularly helpful when it comes to getting organized? Leave your ideas in a comment below!

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