1. Get a wall calendar.
You can find a wall calendar with anything you can think of! Get one to go with your décor, of your favorite animal, or of your favorite TV show… the possibilities are endless! Once you put up your wall calendar, mark down all the important things: exams, breaks, paper and assignment due dates, advising appointments, career fairs, etc. This will help you keep track of everything you have going on each month in an orderly and easy way!
2. Pick up some baskets/desk organizers.
You can use baskets anywhere: on top of your dresser, on shelves, on your nightstand, under your bed, etc. Use them to organize your school supplies, electronics, chargers, toiletries, hairbrushes and accessories, jewelry, and anything else you’re not sure where to store! Desk organizers are great for storing pens, pencils, markers, scissors, and other desk essentials!
3. Get a whiteboard and put your upcoming assignments/to do list on it.
This is a great way to keep track of your weekly assignments, chores, and errands. Hang it somewhere in your room that you will see it all the time! You can color code by categories for added organization. And check off things as you get them done, it’s really satisfying to see your list get smaller and smaller!
4. Set alarms/calendar alerts on your phone for important events and appointments.
If a new event or appointment comes up, put it into your phone’s calendar and set an alert/alarm for it to make sure you don’t forget. The little reminder can really come in handy and save the day when you’re out and about! This is a great tool if you make an appointment when you’re not home and can’t immediately write in on your wall calendar or white board.
5. Get a lanyard and/or key chain for your student ID, keys, and other essential cards.
Keeping your ID and keys in the same place will make things so much easier for you day to day. You can keep them in your bag or around your neck when you leave so you don’t have to worry about losing or misplacing these very important items. Eventually you’ll get in the habit of grabbing for your lanyard/keychain and it will become second nature; goodbye to the days of getting locked out of your room or apartment!