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How to stay organised

How to stay organised

With exams, possible graduation, looking for internships, balancing a social life, eating healthy, exercising and keeping on top of university work or employment, the idea of staying organised can be a little daunting at times.

Don’t worry, here are a few handy tips to put into practice to hopefully pull you out of the disorganised rut.

#1 Try to get up early

If you find that you are more hard working in the evening, then this might not apply to you, but for many people, getting up early and starting the day is a great way to get work done during the quiet hours of the morning. You never know, you might get everything done before midday and then you’ll have the rest of the day to relax!

#2 Keep a planner

Whether it’s on your phone or down on paper, writing everything down and keeping a plan of your daily activities means that you will feel much more organised and ready to take on the day. It’s also great to get a calendar and put it up on the wall, you can write down any information and important events on specific days and always have them on the wall to refer back to!

#3 Make your bed every morning

It’s all about mind games, tidy bed tidy mind. Making your bed in the morning can be a great way to get you into a routine and being in an organised environment when you start your day can be really encouraging, it will also hopefully stop you from crawling back into bed!

#4 Always make a to do list for the day

A great way to feel organised is to write down everything that you plan to do for the day in list form and keep it with you for the whole day. It might be a great idea to tick off each task as you complete it, it’s a great way to make sure that you can time manage and get everything done in one day. It can be really nice to look back on it at the end of the day to see what you have achieved!

#5 Try out minimalism

Working towards an organised life can sometimes involve scaling back on your belongings and working to minimise and de-clutter your life.
For example, if you are not that organised with washing your clothes, then have a look through them and work out what you would like to keep and what you can do without, by working to minimise one area of your life, you can time save as well!

#6 It’s okay to say no to more responsibility

It’s okay to say no to certain offers in order to lead an organised life and ensure that you do not get stressed. For example, if you are a student and struggle with your academic work, then recognise that it is okay to say no to certain nights out, etc, only do what you feel comfortable with time and commitment wise.

#7 Try to treat time like money

Try to work towards making the most of every minute, second and hour in the day. Try to budget time, work out what you are spending the most time on, if it’s lying in bed, watching YouTube videos every day then maybe it’s time to work out if another activity would fill the time better and benefit you more.

#8 Meal Plan

If you are getting back from a long day of work or a tiring day in the library, then it’s always nice to have a hot meal. By meal planning, you can ensure that you know what you are going to cook each day; you can even prep big batches of food at the weekend for re heats in the week!

#9 Exercise

It all comes down to routine, even by heading out on a simple twenty minute run each morning will you get you up and moving, work out a running time slot and stick to it.

#10 Make time for your loved ones

No one can ever be too busy and if you plan correctly then there will always be time to spend with your partner, family or friends. You can also work towards achieving an organised life as a joint project with them!

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.