Back to School: Mastering Organization

It’s time to get back to school. If you’re like me, you’ll probably wait until the last minute to prepare for the upcoming semester. I’ve learned that organization is key to make starting school a breeze. Getting organized for the upcoming school year could only take a few hours.  I recognize that being organized does not come naturally to everybody; it is a skill that can be learned and fostered.

Selecting a planner style is key component to becoming organized. You could buy a planner or use your calendar app on your phone. (I use both methods.) If you prefer paper/having something you can hold in your hand, I suggest buying a planner that allows you to add pages and insert items as needed. Michaels and Hobby Lobby have a great selection of  DIY and pre-made planners. I haven’t used a planner since undergrad, but this year I am giving planners a second chance. So, I recently purchased a Happy Planner and I love it.  The Happy Planner offers a variety of planner designs and functions. They have planners for the academic year, working professionals, fitness/nutrition, and DIY. My planner (Live Loud 2017-2018) is multifunctional; I use it for everything. To make it user-friendly for me, I purchased stickers and additional pages from the clearance section. Thus far, I’m really happy with this planner.

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If you are the type of person that is attached to your cell phone, then buying a planner may not be the best thing for you.  I love my calendar app because its syncs with all my email accounts and information can be changed and updated whenever I need it. There are thousands of calendar and planner apps in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Android Store. Now, once you get the syllabus from your classes, you can add deadlines and important dates to your planner. Although I use a planner, I also add assignment deadlines, meetings, and etc. to my Calendar app to make sure I do not forget anything or procrastinate.

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Also, don’t forget your school supplies. Prepping school supplies for graduate school is simple. Because I take notes on my computer, my school supply list is short. My school supply list includes my computer, planner, a pen, and notepad. Prior to beginning the semester, I usually “tidy up” my computer, by organizing assignments into folders and erasing documents I no longer need. It helps me create space for the new clutter of assignments I will have in the upcoming semester. Pack a notepad and pen in case you have to quickly jot down information.


Don’t stress starting about starting the semester. Enjoy the last moments of summer and don’t over think starting the Fall 2017 semester.

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