I’ll be the first to admit, I used to run out the door to catch the bus with one shoe on, clutching folders in my hands. The picture of chaos and stress. Stress from forgetting assignments and having to work on them at two in the morning, along with forgetting to bring gym clothes and instruments to school was really hindering my happiness. Now, I have it all together and feel good! Here are some simple ways to organize yourself that will really pay off in the long run.



By packing your backpack in advance, you have the entire morning to get ready for school, and won’t have to worry about what classes you have and gathering your notebooks two minutes before the bus comes.



This example is pretty self explanatory. It may seem trivial, but it is one of the most helpful things you can do. You can create lists for special things you have to bring to school, like a bathing suit for the swimming unit, extra classwork to do in study hall, etc. I myself create many different lists; things I need to pack for vacation, chores I need to do, anything like that.



Now this step might sound frivolous. You may think that by simply writing down when long term projects are due, you’ll be okay. Wrong! In the past I have been a world class procrastinator, and my work wasn’t the best it could have been. Chunking out your time takes 10 minutes max and creates an evidential difference in your work quality. Here’s how to do it; first you need to see how many days you have. If you have 8, I would recommend chunking for 6 or 7 to have  time at the end to practice or edit your project. Next, create a list of things you need to do. Once your list is created, put the different things you need to do in a calendar, but make sure to put the longer steps on days where you may not have after school activities. In the end, you’re left with a manageable list and an easier life! No more 2 in the morning last minute projects. What a relief.



The last idea is to gather all of your items you use on a daily basis and make them accessible for the morning. For example, plan out what you’d like to wear and how you’d like to style your hair prior to waking up. This way, you have more time to sleep and less time to stress about having to wear a sweatshirt and old sweatpants because you think you can hear the bus. I put my daily makeup in an organizer in my room, and will get whatever hair tool I am using and place it on my vanity. Then I pick my outfit from my closet and accessories that match, which makes me feel really good in the morning. Now all you have to do is the fun part, getting ready!

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