This blog was written by Megan G. our Campus Ambassador at Champlain College. She is studying social work and will graduate in May of 2012. Currently she is interning at The Arbors at Shelburne in VT, an assisted care facility, and hopes to continue on to grad school to earn her Masters in Social Work.
Time management is an essential skill to make it through college (and life!) in one piece. In this post, I hope to share with you some of my favorite ways to organize and keep my life together. Some options are free, others will cost you. I’ll do my best to keep my suggestions as cheap as possible so that you can spend your money on more important things…like food or last-minute pharmaceutical supplies.
- First, here is a promo that Mead is offering at the moment. http://bit.ly/sNxjEU When you buy a planner you get a package of post-it notes, some tabs that are great to mark up your textbooks, and a Post-it Flag Pen! The promo code is 3MPROMO1. Don’t miss it!
- This planner is one that I have used personally for the past two years. The Day Runner planners suit my needs perfectly for my on-the-go, always busy lifestyle. http://amzn.to/sEVnnq
- I personally can’t afford a device like a PDA or an iPhone. Most cell phones (and iPods) now have a way to access a digital calendar and to save events and important dates—you can even set reminders! Check your phone manual to see how to access your calendar on your phone if you don’t already know.
- Google Calendar is a free way to keep your life in order. Simply register for a Google Account, and put all of your important functions, due dates, and social life plans all in one easy-to-access place. You can get to your Google calendar from any computer or device that has internet access! Similarly, Windows Live accounts (MSN/Hotmail) also have their own calendar/to-do system. This option is free also!
- Lastly, Localendar (http://www.localendar.com/elsie) is one more free online option that can help simplify and organize your life. Make sure to ask for your roommate’s schedule as well so you know when you can have some alone time in your dorm or apartment!
I hope at least one of these options work for you if you are searching for a new way to keep organized! Comment below and tell me if you already use a particular system to organize your life, and why it works best for you!