Do you find yourself searching for things all the time? Your keys, a shirt you want to wear, a notebook, the list is endless. Are you forgetful or are just trying to wrap your mind around all that there is to applying to college?
Following are a few tips to help you get better organized on your college prep journey!
Keep Your Bag Clean - Whether it's your backpack or handbag, when you can't find anything in it because it's either overfilled with things (some of which you don't need) or, empty because you have what you need scattered about in other places, you're bound to be disorganized.
Plan Your Month & Week - At the top of every month, take some time to go through your assignments for school to see what's coming up for the next four weeks AND any upcoming deadlines for college applications or scholarships. You should also review your calendar every Sunday to ensure your week ahead will run seamlessly. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Make Things Colorful! - We are a visual people. Use vibrant colors to separate your school "life" - scholarship applications, college applications and any daily work from your teachers so you can pull out the appropriate folder or binder with ease and not have to waste time searching for what you need.
Write Everything Down - Don't rely on your memory, there are entirely too many dates to remember from essays to write, applications to submit, classwork to do. Get an actual calendar or an appropriate app that will help you keep track of everything you have coming up - even the fun stuff:). Sidenote: I have both - my Google calendar attached to my Gmail account which makes life so much easier and, an adorable calendar I carry in my purse that I got from Barnes & Noble for $10.00 that's perfect!
Keep Your Desk Clean - A messy desk or workspace will translate to missed deadlines on homework and applications, which means affected grades, missed money from scholarship applications not submitted or worst of all, not getting into the college of your choice.
Keep Your Passwords In One Place - I recommend researching and settling on a very secure app that you can access on your phone AND computer because if you write it down, you can lose the book :(. You want to be able to put your hands on those all important passwords (FAFSA anyone?) easily, not be a confused mess.
There's Something About Having A ROUTINE - if you make it a point to get up at the same time everyday or do your homework or workout or commit X amount of hours a day to college prep/application completion, it will help you not overbook or wait until the last minute to get important tasks done.
Ask Your Parents For Help - When in doubt, enlist the help of those who want you go to your college of choice as much as you do, your parents! Ask them how they stay organized, what apps they use or if they have any tips that can help you stay on track!