Being organised can be a tricky business.
It’s one of those things that in many ways is incredibly simple, but for many students it seems as difficult and challenging as climbing Everest.
For many, it’s the thing holding them back from the good grades they are capable of.
Do not underestimate the link between being organised and getting good grades.
The two go hand in hand.
Being organised is a learnt skill
Unless you are a Monica and naturally want everything to be in its perfect place, being organised is a skill that you can develop over time.
I am much better organised and forward thinking than I was ten years ago. I suspect part of it is just growing up.
This may sound corny, but being organised is a state of mind. It manifests in the physical things we do and the way we do them, but you have to have things sorted upstairs before your physical word can become neat and tidy.
Chances are your teen will not become organised passively – they’re going to have to make a conscious effort to get into good habits, which in time will become second nature.
This will not happen overnight. It may take a week, a few weeks, or even months. But that’s OK. To borrow a couple of clichés, every marathon starts with a single step, and patience is a virtue.
5 must do’s for being organized
Stop babbling Clare — I’m sure you’d like some hard tips to get your teen on the right track to being organised.
Well here are 3 easy but incredibly important tips that any student who wants to be organised should take on board.
1. Have a home for important stuff
Your teen should have a book or folder or shelf or tray for each of their subjects at school. They might want all of these things. This should be part of their bigger study system. Stationery is their friend.
2. Put things in their place, not just wherever
I got this rule from someone else a few years ago and I really thank them for it. Instead of just putting stuff down on the desk/table/wherever you happen to be standing to put away later, I strongly encourage your teen to get in the habit of putting things in their place straight away.
Sometimes it’s a drag — you can’t be stuffed going over to the folder and filing away whatever it is — but boy, is this little trick a time and stress-saver.
3. Plan ahead
As I’ve said above, being organised is a state of mind. And an organised mind plans ahead.
Organised students know what classes they have the next day. They know what is going on at school over the next couple of weeks. They know when all of their assignments are due. They know when their exams will be.
Organised students take a little bit of time to think about what is coming up, which allows them to plan how they’re going to use their time most effectively.
Planning ahead prevents students from finding themselves in stressful situations, because there are very few surprises.
If your teen doesn’t have a wall planner in their room, they can be really helpful for keeping an eye on what’s coming up.
We can learn a lot about organisation from each other, so if you have some handy tricks up your sleeve that help keep your life in order, we’d love you to share them in the comments below!