Being organized when transitioning to post-secondary life will help you manage your time, reduce stress, and help keep you on a path to success.
You are probably going to be responsible for your meals, laundry, bills, and many other things that you may have had help with in the past.
Here are a few tips to help you stay organized:
- Set realistic goals for your first school year and break them down into smaller, more manageable goals.
- Writing them down can make them more concrete and help motivate you.
Use “to-do” lists
- Spend a few minutes each evening preparing a list of things you need to accomplish the next day.
Use a student planner
- Schools give these out for a reason - they work!
- You can also use your phone to help you keep track of your assignments, work schedule, class times, study groups/times, as well as fun events like school functions, society meetings, etc.
- Try to eat three meals a day, and healthy snacks.
- Look for vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean proteins when possible.
Colour code your calendar
- For example, highlight all of your tests in yellow, assignments in purple, study time in blue, etc.
Don’t forget to reward yourself
- Reaching goals you set is an accomplishment.
- When you set your goals, also decide on the reward you will get once you reach that goal.
- Make sure you reward yourself for all the small goals along the way to your larger goals as well! This may help keep you motivated.