5 Ways to Help You Organize

5 Ways to Help You Organize

Many of our students at LA ORT are not just students; outside of the campus they’re also employees, parents, friends, leaders, and so much more! With limited time to do everything, nothing can be done unless you are organized. Here are some great tips to help you get the most out of your time and space:

Avoid clutter: If your home, car, or even backpack are a mess, it can be difficult to keep up with helpful tools or paperwork you use every day. Set aside a time to really go through old things, paperwork, and areas of your life that need cleaning and organizing. Once you can tackle the messes in your life, you will have a much easier time focusing on the other items waiting to be accomplished

Make to do  lists: Usually the tasks that you need to accomplish for each goal need to be done all in the same day or mixed around. Making to do lists is a great way to keep up with every little thing that you have on your plate. By having a set “master list” that you add new items to, you minimize the possibility of forgetting tasks you need to finish. Creating a to-do list is also a great way to prioritize the items in your life, helping you focus on the most important tasks first.

Make a Study Area:
If you’re having difficulties getting work done or retaining things during study,
set up a designated “study area” in your home. Try moving a chair in a calm spot or clearing off a table top area that is mainly secluded. Sometimes just going to a new area of your house can help you refresh your focus.

Use an organizer/ calendar: You have so many things happening in all areas of your life. If you rely on only your memory to keep up with tasks, it can add an element of unnecessary stress to your life. Try getting a calendar, planner, or both! Office stores like Staples or Office Depot often sell racks of different sized organization tools for different purposes all throughout the year. Buy the kind or organizer you think will be most helpful for your lifestyle and keep up with it.

Have a set schedule: Keeping up with items that don’t happen every day but every week or every month can be challenging. This is where keeping a schedule for yourself can help. Writing out your available time in chunks and filling it with items you need to accomplish can be a great way to organize and relieve stress. Another great thing about creating a schedule is knowing what time in every day or week you are set to accomplish tasks. If you make a habit of doing something, you will be more motivated to get it done.

For more helpful study tips, speak to one of our helpful ORT advisers. Good luck in all that you do, students!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.