With our *healthiest + happiest* summer winding down, there are only a few weeks left before the start of another school year [+ for some of us, it’s our last — AHH!]. As we transition from the summer routines we’ve established + jump headfirst into the chaos of classes + clubs, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff to think about — too many tasks to cross off our to-do lists + a whole lot of extra stress. You’re thinking about your new class schedule, how difficult those classes are going to be, how much time you’re committing to other organizations + whether you’ll have time to get to the gym and//or BREATHE. We’re here to help you get [+ stay] ahead of the game:
1] BUY A *GOOD* PLANNER + PLAN
I just got my first Passion Planner + I can already tell it’s going to be amazing. Not only does it help you plan out each day half hour by half hour [YEP!], but it leaves you room for brainstorming, journaling, + writing your work// school to-do lists. On top of that, at the end of every month, it asks you a few questions to reflect on that month!
Regardless of what kind of planner you choose, choose one that will fit YOUR needs. Once you get it, start writing down whatever you can. Chances are, you know your class schedule + when your regular club meetings are — so here’s your chance to figure out when you’ll be able to go to the gym + have time for things you WANT to do. This will give you a sense of stability: knowing what’s coming up before the school year even begins, rather than just being thrown into it unprepared.
2] DOWNLOAD SOME PRODUCTIVITY APPS
You can never have too many apps ++ the great thing about productivity apps is that they don’t waste your time — like Twitter + Instagram do ; ). There are *tons* out there that you can choose from to help you with whatever you personally need, but here are a couple to help you with the basics:
Mint // The perfect money managing app for keeping your budgets on track + under control. As college students, we’re still learning how to be *on our own* + handling our own money is part of the experience. Mint makes it easier to visualize where all of your money is going + gives you a better idea of where you should [or shouldn’t] be spending it.
MyFitnessPal // Keep track of your calorie intake + document your workouts with MyFitnessPal. It’s hard to stay on top of these things during the school year, especially when you’re adjusting to a new routine. We sometimes forget to prioritize our health during times of stress + chaos. Having MyFitnessPal on your phone to help hold yourself accountable can make your transition into a new semester a little bit easier [+ a lot less stressful].
Trello // This is the perfect app for group projects, + we know there are plenty of those in college! With Trello, you can create a board where you can make custom to-do lists for all of your projects. Each member can be assigned to complete each responsibility.Together, your group can set deadlines//collaborate in real time, + the app will send a notification to all members anytime a change is made!
Todoist // Similar to Trello, Todoist is a to-do list + task manager that is accessible on 15 different platforms + devices. You can also share + collaborate on tasks with anyone + everyone! The nice thing about Todoist is that it’s not just for school work or personal errands — you can use it to organize plans with friends//family in addition to assigning tasks to group project members. With a little more flexibility [+ an absolutely beautiful design], Todoist is the perfect organizational tool for your everyday life. *heart eyez emoji*
Evernote // Otherwise known as the *ultimate* note-taking app, Evernote is the place for you to create lists, take snapshots, record audio + set reminders. To make it even easier, you can access all of this from multiple devices [phone, iPad, computers, etc.] using your login info! With Evernote, you can share class notes with friends//classmates + send recordings of lectures to anyone who *happened* to miss class ; ) The best part about Evernote is that while it’s useful in college, it’s actually really useful for businesses, so you can keep this app for all of your post-grad jobs, too!
Looking for more productivity apps? Here are six more!
3] GET EXCITED!
This is the most important thing you can do to prepare for this upcoming fall semester. Get excited + get motivated to start this school year on the right foot! If you go into it envisioning yourself succeeding, then chances are, you WILL. There is so much to look forward to with a brand new school year — so many exciting opportunities to learn, grow + make more memories. With a positive mindset, you’re guaranteed to own your fall semester + all of the challenges + triumphs that will come with it. Being organized is half the battle; having a positive attitude is the other half ; )
+ Christina [@christi_inchaarg] // OSU CHAARG