Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Organising Life Away from home

I know for many people, one of the hardest things when leaving home is that they got home sick, really bad. I think being homesick would have been my biggest issue but seeing as I was home every weekend for work, one of the hardest things to hit me when I moved to university was how much I needed to get my life organised so that things were easy for me. There is nothing worse than getting in the shower then finding out you have run out of shampoo (which is something that would never happen at home!) So today I'm sharing my 5 tips for being organised and making the time at university a whole lot more of a walk in the park.

1. Plan ahead - As soon as you know big events in the year jot them down and keep them somewhere you can see it! I used a wall planner with all of my deadlines so that I could work out when needed to be started and didn't land up cramming coursework in the night before...

My Wilko Thing to Buy list and The Week Ahead List
that take pride of place of my fridge. Both bargain prices,
especially considering how much easier it is with lists!
2. Make Lists - University has helped me become a chronic list maker. I have lists of things that I need to do, lists of things that I need to buy and lists that tell me what I need to do when. All these lists are ever growing, and although generally I can prioritise, I'll admit that occasionally the lists just become a jumble of paper and take forever to get sorted. Having said that I'm getting better at not letting them all become a jumble and actually getting myself sorted. My foodshop is a list of things I jot down as I run out which makes things 10 times easier.

3. Break it down - Alongside my love of lists, I break my semesters down to weeks so that I have a grasp on how busy certain weeks are as well as giving me the chance to plan extra seminars and nights out without everything else falling apart.

4. Keep your notes in check - I hate note taking, which is unfortunate seeing that when going to university means that you need the notes for when it comes to revising with the exam. I recommend taking notes and then putting them somewhere safe. (Post about organising notes to follow!)

5. Keep track of the past - Organisation isn't just about the future. Keep track of the past as well. Any days off sick, take a note of them. There are times that you may need that information to hand, especially when lecturers ask because you need extra help towards exams.

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