Being organized can provide greater control over the outcome of all the things you need to do in a day, which in turn can relieve stress and provide a great feeling of accomplishment. So how do you get organized?
First, you need to have the right mindset. A few quotes of mine that may help: “You can do pretty much anything you want in life, you just have to want it badly enough”. “I only touch things once” (as it relates to getting things done).
Next, you need to have a plan and stick to it. Since college is traditionally a four-year experience, do your best to figure out in year one what works best for you, make a note of those things and follow the same pattern each time, making adjustments as needed.
Things to keep in mind when planning:
- Should you rent a storage space near the school to keep your college things when you go home? Or, should you move them back and forth?
- Weigh the costs of all options as well as the convenience or inconvenience. For example, the cost to ship things home rather than store it near school vs the inconvenience of not having those things at home with you.
Juggling all the things you need to do when at college can be overwhelming. Taking time now to think this through, get organized and have a plan, can make college life not only more productive and cost-effective but can also relieve stress and give you a greater sense of accomplishment.