Stay organized with a tidy bedroom!
Stay organized with a tidy bedroom!

How to Stay Organized!

Learn some tips to stay on track this school year.

Take a moment to look around. Are there things on the ground and items out of place? Or is your space neat and organized? Think about how your surroundings are making you feel. How organized you are can affect your mood.

When our space is messy, it can make us nervous. That’s why it’s important to clean up! But being organized isn’t only about cleaning our room. It’s also about how we manage and plan our day.

Jessica Bernstein is a fan of keeping things tidy. She is an expert in social and emotional learning (SEL). “Think of organization as a tool that helps create order,” Bernstein told News-O-Matic. She shared some tips.

Set a Schedule
If you don’t have a plan for your day, you might not get things done. You might even forget what you have to do! Write down homework and other activities in a list.

You can also plan out your month with a calendar. Or use a planner or notebook.

Set breaks in your schedule. Maybe you decide to do schoolwork for two hours every night. You can schedule a few brain breaks. That way you don’t get too tired or distracted. Spend this time doing something you enjoy, such as calling a friend.

Keep Your Space Tidy
Bernstein said a tidy workspace helps us “focus on the task ahead of us.” Tidiness can also “help us to feel calm and prepared for a day of learning!”

So, take time before getting busy to make sure your spaces are neat. Bernstein recommends a “three-minute exercise.” She said to set a timer for three minutes. “Spend those three minutes organizing the things around you.”

“Once the timer goes off, write down what you are hoping to get done,” Bernstein added. Then, put the note on your desk “as a visual reminder.” You can even play a song to make cleaning up more enjoyable.

Color-Code!
Make your tasks stand out with a color system! Assign colors to different school subjects or events. For example, use the color orange only for writing down test dates. This will help the events stand out. You’ll never forget to study!

It can be difficult to keep track of all your supplies if they all look the same. You can end up walking to class with the wrong book! Get all your notebooks in different colors. Match them to your textbooks and binders.

You can even improve your note-taking skills with color-coding. Bernstein said you can “use different colors for different topics.” This can make studying a breeze!

Have a Place for Everything
It’s easy to just throw your things anywhere you find room. But that makes it just as easy to lose them! Bernstein added that “when there’s clutter around us, our minds get cluttered too!”

Create a home for everything you own. For example, you can always hang your backpack on a hook. Having a spot for all your belongings is helpful. That way, you’ll never have to worry about a misplaced item again!

Updated August 19, 2020, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Liz Louzeiro

How to Stay Organized!

Learn some tips to stay on track this school year.

Stay organized with a tidy bedroom!
Stay organized with a tidy bedroom!

Take a moment to look around. Are there things on the ground and items out of place? Or is your space neat and organized? Think about how your surroundings are making you feel. How organized you are can affect your mood.

When our space is messy, it can make us nervous. That’s why it’s important to clean up! But being organized isn’t only about cleaning our room. It’s also about how we manage and plan our day.

Jessica Bernstein is a fan of keeping things tidy. She is an expert in social and emotional learning (SEL). “Think of organization as a tool that helps create order,” Bernstein told News-O-Matic. She shared some tips.

Set a Schedule
If you don’t have a plan for your day, you might not get things done. You might even forget what you have to do! Write down homework and other activities in a list.

You can also plan out your month with a calendar. Or use a planner or notebook.

Set breaks in your schedule. Maybe you decide to do schoolwork for two hours every night. You can schedule a few brain breaks. That way you don’t get too tired or distracted. Spend this time doing something you enjoy, such as calling a friend.

Keep Your Space Tidy
Bernstein said a tidy workspace helps us “focus on the task ahead of us.” Tidiness can also “help us to feel calm and prepared for a day of learning!”

So, take time before getting busy to make sure your spaces are neat. Bernstein recommends a “three-minute exercise.” She said to set a timer for three minutes. “Spend those three minutes organizing the things around you.”

“Once the timer goes off, write down what you are hoping to get done,” Bernstein added. Then, put the note on your desk “as a visual reminder.” You can even play a song to make cleaning up more enjoyable.

Color-Code!
Make your tasks stand out with a color system! Assign colors to different school subjects or events. For example, use the color orange only for writing down test dates. This will help the events stand out. You’ll never forget to study!

It can be difficult to keep track of all your supplies if they all look the same. You can end up walking to class with the wrong book! Get all your notebooks in different colors. Match them to your textbooks and binders.

You can even improve your note-taking skills with color-coding. Bernstein said you can “use different colors for different topics.” This can make studying a breeze!

Have a Place for Everything
It’s easy to just throw your things anywhere you find room. But that makes it just as easy to lose them! Bernstein added that “when there’s clutter around us, our minds get cluttered too!”

Create a home for everything you own. For example, you can always hang your backpack on a hook. Having a spot for all your belongings is helpful. That way, you’ll never have to worry about a misplaced item again!

Updated August 19, 2020, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Liz Louzeiro

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