These three simple ideas will help you be more organized, save you time and help you get smarter and richer because you'll have more time to study.
1. Make Lists
Lists are great for just about everything: groceries, errands, homework assignments. Free up some brain space by putting everything you need to get done on a list. Better yet, buy a small notebook and keep a running, dated list. Everything you need to remember goes in the book. When we try to remember everything with brainpower alone, especially the older we get, the less gray matter we seem to have left for the really important things, like studying.
If you are a smartphone fan (who isn't?!), you'll find lots of apps to help you stay organized. Find one that fits your style and works the way you prefer to work. Then be sure to use it!
Make lists, keep them with you, whether on paper or in your phone or on your tablet, and revel in the satisfaction of crossing items off when you’ve completed them. There's extra satisfaction in adding something to your list that you've just completed so you can cross it off!
2. Run Errands Counter-Clockwise
What? You'll see. Now that you have a list of errands to run, organize them in a way that saves the most time. Assuming you’re driving, making right turns eliminates a lot of wasted time waiting for red lights.
It also saves time because you’re not waiting to turn left through busy traffic lanes. Right turns in, right turns out, counter-clockwise. Fast and easy. You will cut many minutes off your errands. Promise.
3. Think of Your Minutes as Money
Assign a monetary value to your time, and watch how much less of it you're willing to waste on unimportant stuff. You can do this using your current income or make up a completely imaginary number. Either way works.
When you’re not sure if an activity is worthwhile, calculate how much it’ll cost you to do it. Watching TV suddenly becomes very expensive, money that could take you closer to graduation and your dream job. The choice is yours. Change the way you manage your time and you'll have more of it to spend in ways that make your future brighter.