Let the Education System Begin!

How to Get Enough Sleep in High School:

1. Wake up early.

2. Go to school.

3. Sleep at school to compensate for the lost hours of morning sleep.


 

It’s that time of the year again.

In approximately 44 hours, I will be going back to school.

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This year promises to be a rather insane one, filled with advanced classes and lots of intense extracurriculars. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all because I want to do it- but I know that it’s going to be a lot of work.

I think that there are two big things needed to get massive amounts of work done- motivation and organization. I’ve often found that when I do get motivated to finish something, everything eventually falls apart because I’m actually rather terrible at staying organized for longer than 24 hours. If I clean my room down to the last dust-bunny in the corner, it will almost definitely be a total mess again the next afternoon. If I decide to organize my books alphabetically so they’re easy to find, the A’s and Z’s will soon be sharing elbow room.

But recently, I’ve made a few absolutely fantastic ways to keep myself organized and on-track; without any further rambling from yours truly, let’s get to it!


Scheduling

My Timeful calendar for today!

My Timeful calendar for today!

I think it’s safe to say that we have all been in a place where we double-booked ourselves, yes? I know that there have been plenty of times when important events or meetings with friends have completely slipped my mind because I didn’t write them down anywhere; and similarly, there have been plenty of times when I’ve showed up to a place on a wrong day. It can be rather embarrassing, to tell you the truth.

However, I’ve decided to take some serious action here and get my schedule back into tip-top shape. Since I use Apple products, I have iCal on both my laptop and my phone, so I use that to input important events every day. But that’s not what I’m the most excited about.

Just yesterday, I found this app called Timeful that is basically a smart calendar. It senses the events I already have in iCal and puts them into this gorgeously laid-out app and also gives the opportunity to add in to-do’s for the day (I believe it is also compatible with Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange). My favorite part of it has to be the “habits” portion, though; Timeful helps remind you to complete certain things a certain number of times a week (or month).

Organization

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My Wunderlist categories for school!

Planners are essential to life.

Now, there is a reason that I’m keeping this separate from the “scheduling” category- keeping my school assignments listed in a calendar doesn’t always work for me. I like writing down very specific things about my assignments and having it in its own special place that I can keep checking as I’m doing work.

In middle school, they used to give us our own fully decked-out planners to use to write down homework. I received a planner from school for freshman year, too, but I’m not entirely sure if they’ll give us one again this year. This is why I have figured out two alternatives just in case.

What I’m gong to be doing is writing down all my homework in my phone on an app called Wunderlist. It’s a to-do list format app, but it has separate categories that are basically like folders.

The other alternative is simply having a notebook and writing down notes about homework throughout the day. I’m personally quite fond of smaller notebooks that are about 5’x7′ for this particular thing because they fit into my bag without taking up too much space.

Addressing the Room of Doom

If I don’t take care, my room will look like a nuclear bomb full of papers and socks exploded on my carpet. Repeatedly. While at the same time shooting out clouds of dust.

This suggestion isn’t as much of a physical thing as it is a habit. Sure, you can buy (or make) yourself organizers and boxes and all those awesome fancy things to keep your belongings in check, but they’re no use to you unless you develop the habit of putting everything back in its original place. I’ve tried to make a point to hang my jackets whenever I take them off, or put my music folders into the closet until I pull them out for use again. Try to work little things like this into your routine instead of letting things pile up and then do one massive deep-cleaning of your workspace. That’ll just get tiring for you, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll stumble upon some old sketchbook or cool gizmo and get totally distracted from your original purpose.


School can be really tough, but hopefully these tips will help you out a little bit in staying on top of things and coming out of the year strong (I think these ideas could even be applied to work…?). Even if you start to fall behind in life, be sure to keep your head up and take it one step at a time, because you can do it!

Now I’m off to scramble in attempts to finish my summer reading. Until next time, nerdlings!

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