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5 ways to stay organized this school year

With school back in session, it's likely that you're having a hard time adjusting to the sudden need to be super organized. Sadly, the "I'll just wing it!" mantra of the summer does work so well in the classroom. There's history homework to keep track of, science notes to study, cheer practice to attend...Really, being a student is a lot to handle. But there are easy ways to organize yourself so that tackling tasks doesn't seem so daunting.

Color coordinate

Say goodbye to the days of mixing up your notebooks and coming unprepared for class. Assigning a specific color to each of your classes will surely help you keep all of your folders and notebooks from getting mixed up. Take it one step further by assigning your favorite color notebook or binder to the subject you like the least so that each time you grab it, you'll actually be excited for class.

Keep a planner 

Never forget an assignment again! Keeping up with a planner is something that can be totally fun once you get the hang of it. Brands like Lily Pulitzer, Band.do and Kate Spade make incredibly cute planners so that, again, your books aren't boring and you don't dread penciling in your art assignment.

Make to-do lists

It's time to prioritize, divide and conquer. The key to making sure you get all of your work done is to write everything down—you can even do this in your planner! Making a list of everything you need to complete in a day/week will not only help you keep track of your tasks but also give you a sense of satisfaction as you cross off a completed item. 

Start a routine

If you find yourself putting your homework off until later and later into the night, it may be time to start a routine. Creating a set time in the day were you concentrate on homework and studying, practicing a sport or participating in an after school activity will help you improve your time management, thus, improve your grades. It only takes about 21 days to form a new habit, so the sooner you start a routine the better! 

Set goals

The best way to not get discouraged by the goals you make is to start with short term goals that are small and attainable (ace weekly quizzes, read a chapter a night). Alongside those, make note of big picture goals that you want to accomplish throughout the year (make the honor roll, showcase your art in the school gallery). Having short term goals will help you actually achieve your long term goals.

Photo credit: the_happy_planner.

What's your favorite way to stay organized for school? Let us know in the comments below! 

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by Chloe Jones | 8/31/2016
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