It is important to regularly review your organization systems to see where you can improve. Sometimes it can be a quick fix, but other times you may need to consider an overhaul and fresh start.
Staying organized can help your student stay on track academically and set them up for success. We have created a list of our favorite “old-school” organizing tools with some helpful essentials listed below:
- Color coding is key to a simplified organization system: streamline this basic concept across your subjects using color coordinated binders, notebook, and folders!
- In line with color-coding we have found a multitude of versatile highlighting tools. These include dual colored highlighters, erasable highlighters, and sticky colored flags. Use these organizational tools to “highlight” your important to-do lists, reminders, and study aides. Maintain consistent colors to correspond to your color-coded organization systems.
- One of my favorite tools are binder dividers with pockets— they are a quick fix for the disorganized individual. Stick everything in a pocket so you don’t lose it and then sort it later! It’s all about transitioning into improved routines. When they get better at this, they will begin to use the pockets the way they were intended.
- Making a huge comeback this year are paper planners. Yes, I said paper! There comes a certain satisfaction with crossing off a ‘To-Do List’ that you have created and accomplished. Keep your assignments, schedules, plans all in one place. Planners are available at most office supply stores and retailers or free printables can be found online. Cross check with your favorite tech tool (see my favorite apps here) to set reminders too.
- To minimize the black hole in your back packs or day bags keep pouches for all of the small items that would otherwise be lost or clutter the bottom of your bag. These are available for the young and not so young, in versatile sizes and styles. I recommend multipurpose bags with lots of pockets (like these here) to keep everything that you need in one place. It’s most helpful to sort your personal supplies from your school supplies too: i.e. tech tools, chargers, and ear buds kept separate from pencils, tissues, and chapstick.
- A commonly forgotten organizer is the 3 ring binder clip. These simple tools can be used to keep study index cards or a stack of papers in one place and easily accessible the way paper clips and staples can’t. For larger “keep it together” needs- don’t forget the handy carabiner clip!
- Something many use in college can be adapted for all student levels: the lanyard. Simplify your life with this one-in-all-grab-everything-lifesaver and never again lose your student ID, entry passcard, or keys. Stay on track, by keeping track of just this one item with everything on it, instead of multiple individual small pieces.
- My newest organizing obsession is pen keepers– who knew something could be so simple, yet so handy! These can be found at most office supply shops, like the Pen-Pal at Office Depot. Inexpensive and easy to apply, never be without a writing utensil again! Stick one of these on the outside of your binder, clipboard or paper planner.
For a customized approach for your specific organizational needs, please contact us directly for a free consultation!