Follow these 5 steps for organization

As the school year is slowly coming to a close and the pull of summer distracts students with the promise of fun, it gets harder and harder to stay organized. Here are some tips you could use to help you keep track of those papers, stay organized and focused for the rest of the school year.

Keep a planner. Though it is close to the end of the school year and you might not want to spend money on getting an actual planner, just writing down your assignments on a scratch piece of paper can help you stay up to date with your homework assignments.

Keep your writing utensils at hand and organized. Do you have trouble finding the write pencil or pen to write with? Try separating them into ziplock bags and put them all in the same pocket of your backpack. You don’t have to spend tons of money on a new pencil case, especially if it’s just for the end of the year. A ziplock bag is a good way to go about organizing your pencils. If you’re always leaving your pencil at home or losing it, try leaving a reminder to put it back in your backpack before doing anything. You can help yourself remember by putting a piece of colored string around the end of the pencil, making the pencil stand out, which might help you remember better.

Fix up that folder. There is no way you are going to safely store those papers away if your folder looks like you’ve thrown it through the shredder. If you’ve tried with the simple “cover the tears in tape trick,” then you should try a new version of that tip. Grab a roll of duct tape and get to work. Wrap the tape all the way around the entire folder to get a stronger barrier and to avoid more rips and tears.

Leave small snacks in your bag for later. Do you have a teacher that doesn’t care if you eat in class or not? Then this tip is for you. If you always find yourself hungry at a certain point in the day, then try packing a small snack for yourself in your backpack. You cannot focus in class if you’re hungry, and you need all the help you can get to focus at the end of the year. Eating a small snack, such as fruit snacks, Goldfish or any other pocket food would help you stay focused on class.

Set times for certain activities. The human brain is the body’s natural clock, and humans have been shown to work better with a schedule. If you’re finding it hard to finish your homework or even just to go to sleep on time, try setting an alarm to remind you to get those things done at the same time every day. Not only will this help you stay focused and organized, but it will also help your body to run better. Especially getting to bed and waking up at the same time will help tremendously.

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