Originally Posted: Oct 25, 2019
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2020
CollegeXpress student vlogger, Film student, and daily personal vlogger—if anyone knows how to organize and manage their time, it’s Jordan-Paige. It’s never easy for anyone, but it can be done. Watch her video below to hear how she deals with planning out her school assignments every day.
Create a to-do list
Bring an agenda or notebook and jot down things you need/want to get done that day. You might want to keep this separate from a planner. Use a separate planner to write down your assignments for class. This will help organize your thoughts and prioritize homework and daily life.
When you’re given an assignment, you should start it that same day if you have free time. If you can do it now, do it; that way it will be done and out of the way. This will also give you more free time to do what you want to do and finish other assignments. You may think you’ll have time in the future to do the assignment, but what if something comes up and you can’t? You don’t want to risk it until the last minute.
Keep the balance
Use your free time for work and rest. If you have a few hours to kill, split your time. Try getting that assignment done. There’s no harm in starting early; when you feel like you can’t work anymore (and be honest, because you know when you can’t work anymore), take a break. Watch an episode of Netflix, take a nap, or hang out with friends.
Write down assignments and due dates
Don’t assume you’ll remember every assignment—you don’t want to risk forgetting that something was due. Write down the assignment and put the date next to it so you can lay out what is due and when, plus what has the closet due date.
Related: Video: Time Management Tips
Take a few minutes to get organized
Before starting your work, take 10–30 minutes to organize yourself and your assignments. You don’t want to be scrambling to find your notes. Get comfortable, then start studying. It doesn’t have to be the “typical” organized; if it’s organized for you, that’s what is important.
Use a binder or file folder
Separate out your documents like your notes, assignments, handouts, etc. This will make it easier to find what you’re looking for and keep everything where it’s supposed to be.
Related: 5 Secrets to Getting Good Grades
Being organized is great, and it will help, but keep the balance and don’t let yourself get stressed about all your assignments. Get a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself, make sure you get the work done, and don’t be afraid to get work done early. Figure out what you need to do, create a schedule stick with it, and don’t let yourself get distracted.
Since you’ve got extra time because you got so organized, use it to find scholarships on CollegeXpress!