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My Top Tips For University Organisation!

So this really exciting thing happened recently...I finished uni! It has been a chaotic year, but I am so happy to say that I am finally finished and able to go out in the real world as a teacher now (terrifying, I know!) To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my top tips for staying organised while at uni.

Keeping organised while at uni can be super hard, especially if you're working or you have a family, or just have other life stuff going on outside of that. Staying on top of course work, assignments and your social life can be hard! I know that for me, there were a number of times where I just disappeared from friends and family for a week or more just to try and stay on top of things. Well getting stuck into the tips early, tip number 1 for you, is to make sure you don't push those people away! You will need that support network and people to help you take a break from the chaos that uni can hold.

But now into being organised. I am a little OCD when it comes to organisation and I've actually had a number of people ask me for some tips to help them, so I guess it's about time that I share some of then.

Tip 1: Cute Stationary

This is a very general tip, but for me if I have new, adorable stationary I am 1000 times more likely to want to use it and take notes, or write down reminders. Find what works for you and grab it.

Tip 2: Get a Diary

Or workout how to use an online calendar in a way that works for you. Write down your deadlines in them, then write reminders in the weeks leading up to it so you don't forget. I also like to write down my due dates in the 'year calendar' that is typically at the front of my diary or on a wall calendar, it helps me to be able to see dates clearly and easily.

Tip 3: Get a Weekly Planner and use it

For so long I looked at weekly planners and just did not really understand weekly planners. I always had a diary and just wrote what I had to do in there. Once I got one and started using it, it changed my life. I use it to write down what I need to get done each day. This essentially becomes my to-do list. I also put in my deadlines (i.e. I have an assignment due on Thursday, I will write myself a reminder on Wednesday so I see it a day ahead of the actual due date). I then leave this on my desk, or wherever I am working and check it and cross things off as I go. You could also write nice little reminders on there as well to make it feel more cheery (like date night, or hang outs with friends. Remember - balance is important!)

I am really loving this weekly planner* from Arty Hearts. It has a little notes section down the bottom of the page as well that you can write extra little notes. Plus it looks beautiful!!

Tip 4: Carry a Notebook everywhere

If you like me and prefer to hand write notes, then this will probably be a given. Even if you prefer to type up notes in class, still take a notebook. You never know when your battery on your laptop will go without a charger or power point around, so having a notebook can save you from those dreaded moments! I also like to have something where I can write down things I need to remember or important notes in it. 

These small Arty Hearts notebooks* are the perfect size to chuck in any handbag. Alternatively the A5 Journal* is perfect for more substantial notes!

Tip 5: Highlighters are your Best Friend

I loved highlighters through uni, using them for a variety of different things. The obvious one of course is highlighting readings or notes, but I also used them to highlight different notes in my diary or planner. For example, if I had a quiz or a reading I had to do before my next class I would highlight that work a different colour on my weekly planner so I knew what class it related to. For some subjects, colour coding the highlighters to relate to different concepts, or topics you are studying. That way you will be able to find the notes easily and quickly.

Tip 6: Find what works for you and stick with it!

While it's all good and well for me to give you tips on how to stay organised, you need to find what works for you. I am very old school and love having paper at my finger tips to hand write things. You, on the other hand, might be all about digital notes. You need to find what best works for and stick to it. Once you find something that works, don't keep hunting. Getting into a routine will make it easier to keep on track and on top of things. 

I'd love to hear how you get organised! Leave me a comment to tell me what it is that you do to stay organised!

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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