It’s that time of year again, sadly summer is coming to an end and school is starting back up in a frenzy. As the organized, planning perfectionist that I am, I have always loved this time of year. Back to school means a new planner, new pens, fresh notebooks, and a new schedule! Clubs and activities are starting up again and friends are all back in the same place, which means there are so many things to put in my new planner and get organized!
Planning is one of my favorite hobbies. I recently was gifted the Emily Ley Simplified Planner along with a bunch of stickers and other planner accessories. I have never been more excited for a gift! If you aren’t into the old fashioned paper planners, I would definitely suggest using a calendar or planner app on your phone! In addition to my planner, I also use my calendar app to give me on the go reminders and alerts. None of us are perfect, so writing things down is important, especially with a super busy schedule!
Before the school year starts, I set goals. Usually I set weekly goals that I can update throughout the months, but I also like to set semester and yearly goals too! Setting goals can help keep me on track and motivated. They also allow me to track personal progress. Many of my weekly goals include exercise goals, drinking water, and other healthy habits. Long term goals tend to be more academic focused or career focused, such as the number of internship applications, exam score goals, etc. For each goal, I track my progress. Weekly goals are quick and easy to track in my planner- I use little symbols for the different goals, such as a barbell if I exercised that day. Long term goals require periodic check ins and time set aside to make progress on them. No matter what your personal goals may be, the beginning of the year is always a great time to start thinking about them! And they can change, don’t feel like you can’t add new ones or cross old ones off!
I designate one day per week to get my sh*t together. Usually it’s Sunday for me because I don’t have work or class and it’s the start of a new week. This is the day that I do my laundry, clean my room/apartment, grocery shop, finish homework assignments, and look at the upcoming week in my planner. At the end of the day, I also take some time for myself and do a face mask, have a glass of wine, and watch my favorite movie or TV show before going to bed early. You can choose whatever day works best with your schedule! But giving myself one day to really cross all the little things off my to-do list and tidy up my life makes me feel accomplished and less stressed going into the new week!
Being organized doesn’t have one perfect system and it doesn’t mean you can’t be messy. But planning out your life a little can help structure your time and priorities. And nothing feels better than penciling in your new class schedule or crossing a task off your to-do list! Experiment with different organization systems and figure out what works best for you and your life!