This post was written by an external contributor. Chloe Smith gives us her top tips for staying organised, from bullet journals to using your phone to its’ maximum potential…
A new academic year is upon us yet again, and this time you’ve promised yourself you’re going to stay organised. You’ll be the King of Calendars, the Queen of Post-It notes, and last minute essay submissions will be a thing of the past…
But if you’re going to truly stay on top of things you’re going to need some help, and these three resources are essential for anyone who struggles to stay organised. Have a read and thank us later…
The Passion Planner is a revolutionary new planner created by Angela Trinidad – it’s a planner that works to keep you focused, positive and organised. It has a monthly and weekly layout so you can plan ahead, but what’s revolutionary about it is that it has various opportunities to map out and reflect on your goals. Not only does it help you stay organised, but it’s designed to help you achieve your ambitions.
There are even weekly inspirational quotes and a ‘space of infinite possibility’ where you can get creative. Best of all, using the passcode that you can easily access on the Passion Planner website, you’re able to download and print free pdf versions of the different sizes and types of planner so you can try before you buy, and make sure it’s an organisation style that suits you! Believe me, you need this in your life.
A bullet journal is a planning system originally devised by Ryder Carroll, in this video, you can see that the key is simplicity. And lists. Lots of lists. Basically, you make daily lists of tasks you’d like to complete, events to attend, and things you’d like to make note of.
You then use different icons to categorise the things you’re listing. So events are signified by a circle, and tasks are originally a dot, which you turn into a cross when you finish the task, for example. It’s a really simple and adaptable planning system – you can change it up as much as you like to make it work for you. It’s also a great motivation to get jobs done – because who doesn’t like crossing things off lists?
Another great thing about bullet journals is that you don’t need any fancy supplies for them, either – all you need is a simple notebook and a pen, and you’re good to go! Some even bullet journal electronically, but you can never go wrong with trusty paper.
Use your phone
We all know how vital our phones are – they give us instant access to answers, opportunities, and… well, distractions, typically disguised as social media. But there is a really, really simple way to utilise your phone so that it keeps you organised, using just one built-in app as well. The alarm clock.
Alarm clocks can be used for so much more than just getting out of bed in the morning. You can use it to set regular reminders to start (and finish) tasks. The thought of that looming alarm is enough to spur you on.
And because you can easily adjust each alarm you set, you don’t have to worry if plans change and you need to adjust when you need to start working on tasks. Couple this with your phone’s calendar too, which you can use to plan ahead and keep your future tasks organised.