Getting Organized for the New School Year

I’ve been in Athens for almost three weeks and while I love relaxing and being able to hang out with my roommates, I am ready for classes to start. I feel like I’m absolutely frying my brain with my phone and TV shows right now (I’ve been marathoning Game of Thrones for a week). So, I might regret saying this a couple of months from now, I’m ready to get to work on this semester.

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Shocked? Honestly me too, I rarely ever look forward to going back to class after summer break, but classes aren’t the only thing I’m looking forward to this year which is why I’m probably itching for the school year to start. On Monday, I’ll be starting my social media internship with the Career Leadership Development Center at Ohio University and I am PUMPED. I didn’t have an internship this summer, so I’m excited to work hard and learn a lot this year. I’ll probably give you more updates on my internship as the year progresses and let you know about all the cool things I’m learning and doing!

I’m also involved in two organizations on campus: The Post and 1804 Communication. The Post is a student-run print and digital news publication at Ohio University and this year I’ll be working there as the Social Media Director. It’s kind of a huge undertaking for me, because although I’ve previously had that title at another news source on campus, I’ve never been in charge of a social media staff as big as the one at The Post. Still, I’m really excited for the challenge and getting to know my staff.

My other big commitment this year is working as a Strategy and Media Account Executive at 1804 Communication. 1804 Communication is a student-run public relations and advertising firm at Ohio University. I’m really looking forward to my involvement in this organization this year because this is the first year it has existed; at the end of last year ImPRessions and Thumbprint Advertising merged to create this new group. It’s exciting to get involved at the ground level of 1804 Communication and help shape it for future students.

At this point you might be wondering how I’m going to go to class – you and me both.

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Just kidding, I have a really nice schedule this semester with several huge gaps between classes to go to work, do homework, and fulfill my responsibilities in these organizations. However, all of these commitments are going to require some decent organization and planning on my part. So for this blog I’m going to give you a couple of tips on how I plan to stay organized this year and if you’ve got a busy semester ahead of you too, maybe some of them will help you out!

Buy the right school supplies

Shopping for new school supplies every year is one of my favorite things, it’s like a little office supply Christmas (I know, I’m a nerd, you don’t have to point that out to me). This year, on my annual school shopping trip to Target, I paid special attention to some of the items I was buying. One of the most important things I buy every year is my planner, because in my opinion it is the most important piece of the organization puzzle. So, instead of picking out my planner based on color or pattern, like I usually do, I paid closer attention to how it was organized. I think I found a pretty nice planner for this year and here’s why:

  • It has a place for my three most important to-dos of each day, which I think will help keep me on track during my busier days.
  • There is a section under each day for things that need done or happen at night. That will most likely be filled with meetings that I have in the evening, but I can also use it to remind me which homework needs done each night.
  • When the planner is open it shows me the entire week, which is something I really love because I like to plan ahead so the I know what’s coming each week.

Basically, I just love this new planner I got and if you’re as obsessed with school supplies as I am, let me know in the comments what your favorite planner or school supply was that you bought this year.

Write things down, don’t just rely on your phone

Okay, so I know technology is awesome and it can help a lot of people stay organized, but I still believe that a pen and paper are your best friend when it comes to planning. While I do have my meetings, work schedule and other appointments saved in my calendar on my phone, the old fashioned person in me also makes sure I write all of those same things down on my wall calendar as well as my planner.

Why? Because sometimes your phone dies or you forget your laptop at home or you drop your phone in a lake or your laptop explodes or crazy Athens squirrels steal your phone (only the first two of those things have actually happened to me but like you never know, right?). If one of those things happens, but you have plans, homework assignments, meetings, etc. written down on paper somewhere, there is a better chance you won’t miss one of them or forget to do something.

Procrastination is enemy No. 1

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Move over Harry Potter,  because procrastination is about to take over your spot.

I have been a member of the procrastiNATION for as long as I can remember. I used to do homework on my bus ride to school in the morning and I’ve been up into the wee hours of the morning several times in high school and college. But this year is going to be different! Hopefully. In all honesty it has to be, because each day I’ll have a limited amount of time between classes, work, and meetings to get things done. I’m also hoping to keep late nights to a minimum because every day, except for one, the latest I wake up is 7:30 am (dies internally). So, I don’t really have a tip for avoiding procrastination other than recognizing when you’re wasting time and trying to keep that to a minimum, especially on busy days.

However, that doesn’t mean that having fun is over forever. My old pals Friday and Saturday still come around every weeks. I firmly believe that letting off some steam on the weekends is another key to staying organized and stress free. I will say that my Sundays are definitely reserved for homework, but that homework might get done while I’m sitting on my bed in my pajamas, because Sundays are also for relaxing.

The first semester of my junior year of college starts in four days and I’m excited as well as nervous to take on all these responsibilities. But, I’m going to do my best to stick to these tips I gave you and I also welcome any tips that you have for staying organized during the school year.

Thanks for reading!

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