Uni Daily Essentials: Organisation – OurWarwick

Uni Daily Essentials: Organisation

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As the new term approaches, it’s a good time to start thinking about the ways in which you can make life a little easier during term time. Student life can definitely feel a bit hectic, so a bit of pre-term preparation goes a long way. I remember feeling at a bit of a loss before starting uni as to what that preparation might entail — did I need a multipack of sticky notes to make sure I remembered everything I needed to do? Would having seven planners instantly make me organised? Was a wall-size whiteboard really necessary? Honestly, it comes down to the individual; some of us need everything written down in order to keep on top of things, others can store their lives on a laptop, some have a perfect organisation system, others work it out as they go along. Nevertheless, here are a few essential items that I think apply to most. Whether they help you to get into good habits from the get-go, or just make you feel on top of things and put you at ease, these are my daily organisational staples:

  1. An academic planner

Having a designated place to store everything you need to remember is a great idea. I don’t feel like I need to worry about things slipping my mind, because I know everything is written down in a set place. You can store your timetable, shopping list, to-do lists, deadline reminders, and just about everything else in them, so this is an absolute must for me. Depending on the way you like to keep on top of things, though, this might look a bit different for you; maybe you do the same thing but with online organisation systems, or lists, or scrap paper. However you do it, knowing that you have those things written somewhere can help you to feel more on top of things.

2. A backpack

Maybe deviating from the organisation theme a little here, but an essential nonetheless. A go-to bag in which you can carry your laptop or tablet, paper, pens, books, water bottle, and everything in-between is key. You know everything you need is with you at all times, so you don’t need to dismantle your room every time you go out, looking for something big enough to carry everything! If you know that your essentials are safe in one place, it’s one less thing to think about in the morning.

3. Sticky notes

There have been so many times when I’ve been reading something for uni, or working on my laptop, or just doing nothing, and something important pops into my head. I need to ask my tutor a question about something I don’t fully understand, or it’s a friend’s birthday soon, or I need to reply to an email. “I’ll do it in a minute,” I invariably tell myself. And nine times out of ten, it’s completely slipped my mind. Having some sticky notes or bits of scrap paper to hand gives me no excuse but to jot those random thoughts down as soon as they enter my head, then they’re off my mind until I have a minute to deal with them. It sounds so simple, but I’ve found it makes a huge difference in keeping organised and clearing my mind.

4. A whiteboard

While I was getting used to uni life, a mini whiteboard was really useful. No matter what subject you’re studying, uni is much more independent than school — it’s up to you to do the work and manage your deadlines. Just jotting down the work I needed to do that week, shopping lists, and general reminders in a place always visible just made general organisation so easy. If you’re not into all the planners and complex planning networks, this is such an easy. way to keep on top of things.

I hope this has been helpful if you’re starting to get your things together for the new term! No matter how you choose to do it, keeping organised can make life so much easier, alleviating as much stress as you can and giving you more time for the things you enjoy.

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