Getting organized is not easy. By organized I not only mean getting your room straight but also your digital and professional life. It is very tempting to be messy because students having “don’t give a damn” attitude are considered cool. I get that. But it will not help you in the long run. When the time comes, you will blame yourself and regret not putting your affairs in order. Sooner you realize this truth, the better. Start today and get organized.
To get anywhere, you must know where you are going. Ask yourself what you want to be in 5 years? Note it down. Break down your goals into yearly bits. Decide what you want to be by next year. What are your dreams? Put deadlines. Break them down into monthly and weekly to do lists.
Start with your room
Always have a tidy and clean room. Creative energy gets blocked by clutter and you are unable to concentrate. Sort out all your stuff and throw away or donate whatever you don’t use. Here are some tips to declutter your room:
- A golden rule of thumb is to throw away anything you haven’t used in a year. Of course it excludes collectibles and stuff with sentimental value. But do not cling on to things that get you down.
- Make three piles of clothes: one you like and wear often, one for the classy and the ones you saved for special occasion and one for the ones you want to donate. Throw away the rest or recycle.
- Make a rule: for every new piece of clothing you buy, remove an old one from your closet. Donate, recycle or throw it away.
- Make a place for everything you keep. Do not have a miscellaneous area. It is a trap. If something doesn’t belong anywhere, there is no use keeping it.
- Have your supplies ready. It is frustrating to trying to find a pen that works among a bunch of used up ones. Throw away stationery items you can’t use.
- Do your laundry once a week at least.
- Clean your room at least once a week. dust, vacuum and wipe off the surfaces.
- Check regularly to see if you have expired cosmetics, medical supplies and food; throw them away.
- Make your bed first thing in the morning.
- Make shopping lists any time you need something. Do not buy impulsively.
Declutter your laptop and phone
- Delete the very old messages and update contacts. At least once a month.
- Make folders and put things in them on your pc/laptop. Start with your desktop. Keep minimum icons( I keep only 4) on the desktop.
- Delete songs and movies you don’t like. Everything is available online and you can always download them later if you need. They take up a lot of space.
- Keep backup of your personal documents, photographs etc. both online and in DVDs/ Hard drives.
- Declutter your inbox. If you have like 200 unread messages, put them all in a new folder named Archive_date_of_today. Sort them later. Do not keep more than 20 emails in your inbox at a time. Empty the inbox every sunday.
- Unsubscribe from online newsletters, promotional offers and other emails you do not read but think you might.
Submit assignments on time
No explanation needed.
Check your progress
At least once a week, check if you are on track. Are you working towards your goals? Are your actions in accordance with who you want to be in a year or two? Stop wasting time. If you are losing track, get back. Stop the activities that don’t add to your efforts of reaching your goals. It is ok to take breaks but do not procrastinate.
Being tough on yourself makes life go easy on you. A cliche but true. Be tough, be organised, be determined. Aim for excellence. Success will be at your footsteps. Good luck!