4 TIPS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

24 Aug 2020 | Student Advice

Disorganised. Stressed. Busy. Overloaded.

I know I am not the only one who often feels like this. Trying to juggle impending deadlines, part-time work and hobbies, whilst still maintaining a social life can be tough. It’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed, making it hard to decide what to put first. You may often wonder how you’ll get everything done or how you’ll be able to go to that event you’ve had planned for months. However, there are a number of things that you can implement to become more organised and better at planning ahead.

Tip 1: Create lists 

Writing lists is one of the simplest organisational tips out there. They are really quick to do and you can create them for every aspect of your life. Similar to when we go shopping for groceries, we write a check list of what we need to ensure we pick it up. The list method can be applied to pretty much everything. You can create a daily list of tasks or you can create one for the week for slightly bigger jobs. A daily list can include chores, university tasks and activities. For lists like this you don’t need to put specific times or dates, it’s just a quick note to help you to remember what you have to do for the day. A weekly list can include the bigger tasks, places you need to go and deadline days. 

With that said, if your lists are too long it can be easy to become anxious about getting it all done. A good technique to use while making to-do lists is to create a short list of your priorities, say three or four, and avoid adding more tasks until you have completed one or two of these. By limiting your to-do list to a smaller, more manageable one, it can make it feel less overwhelming. Once you’ve completed those tasks you can then move onto the next. Another tip that can be used alongside lists is sticky notes. They are great for quick notes and can be stuck anywhere; on the fridge, on your desk wall or door, where you’ll always see them.

Tip 2: Keep a calendar or diary

As we all know, calendars and diaries are two common tools used for organisation and planning. Whether you use one on your phone or buy a physical one, they are great ways of recording future events and significant dates such as university deadlines, appointments, social gatherings and even holidays. Having one of these can help to reduce the likelihood of plans clashing and ending up double booked. Calendars are great to have on the wall in your studio as they are always on view, making it hard to forget what you have on.

Tip 3: Make use of your mobile phone

This is something we all have and yet don’t admit to using throughout the day. As birefly mentioned in the last tip, you can use your phone as a portable diary and calendar. This can save you from carrying around a physical diary with you everywhere you go and is really easy to access, whether you’re on holiday or at university. Every smart phone has a calendar and notes app, which is pre-installed, but there are also a variety of other apps available.

One very popular app that is available on both ISO and Android is ‘Evernote’. You can take notes in a range of formats, include text, drawings, photos and even use your phone to scan and digitise paper documents. It’s a great way of organising group projects and presentations and even your personal tasks. Another really useful organisation app is called ‘Wunderlust’, which is a to-do list and task managing app. You can also share lists with people you know, plan holidays or just to keep track of your daily to-dos. It also has a reminder feature within the app. where it can notify of things you need to do. There are also hundreds more organisation apps available out there and you can just have a look and try different ones to see which one suits you and your lifestyle best.

Tip 4: Keep your room organised

As the saying goes, ‘tidy house, tidy mind’. A lot of research has been done into the psychological effects of living in a cluttured space. It can feel daunting and be difficult to switch off. By creating an organised space you can easily locate your belongings, elimating wasted time spent searching around your room. Nothing feels better than having a clear out of unwanted items. It can help you to feel a sense of accomplishment and put you in a positive mood. Consider investing in storage solutions to help keep everything tidy. Organising your space is a process and takes time, but is definitely worth it!

Remember, there is no need to stress and worry about having a lot to do. There are such a variety of tips and tricks out there to help you become more organised. Everyone works differently but that’s what makes you you!

By Amy Burns

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