In order to be alert, productive, and positive, you have to be balanced and in order to be balanced, you have to be organized.
But surprise! Being organized is hard.
I have spent countless hours scouring over various how-to articles on becoming an organized person and I finally have a system that works for me.
I owe my sanity to these four/five (ish) tools.
I use: Google Keep, the myHomework app, the Laws of Attraction planner, a white-board calendar, and a Thomas Kinkade Disney wall calendar.
- Google Keep: is an app found on probably all phone platforms that is focused on being a highly useful and individualized notepad. I use it to notepad any single idea, thought, or notion that passes through. The current categories that I have separated my notes to are my hobbies, the activities I want to do, the tasks I need to do in the next 2-3 years to prepare for D-school, current school stuff, miscellaneous things I need to remember, and a shopping list. Basically, everything that I am and all that I think is inputted in here so that I can transfer it to the appropriate format, like my planner or calendar. It also uses Google Drive, so I can easily access it.2. The myHomework app: is an app found on iPhone and Android that lists your homework and allows you to check it off when completed. Simple, straight to the point, and effective. I like crossing things out, it makes me feel productive so this has been Godsent for the past 4 years.
3. The Laws of Attraction planner: I like the format of the Passion Planner but I wanted more for le$$. This was the solution. It’s a little hippie-ish and is strangely more focused on being zen and stuff, but it fulfills everything I’ve ever needed in a planner. There is a large section at the beginning that has a bunch of essay based questions to help you focus on ur goalz for the year, which is fun. My favorite thing is that each month has 30/31 day calendar with sections to jot down my monthly goals, what I can do to achieve them, and the rewards I get when I do. There are also weekly sections that has each day listed on a time grid; I have that pictured below. It’s super cool and I finally have a use for all of my colored pens and highlighters. I also bought washi tape but have yet to find a constructive purpose. I may also want to start meditating to I can check that off every day too…
4. The Calendars: the white-board calendar was a gift from my boyfriend in 2014 that I started using in 2016 lol. It has probably been the most useful thing in helping me remember dinner dates and meetings. I don’t use my phone calendar, so this is the only way I keep track of that stuff. As for the Thomas Kinkade Disney wall calendar, I use it mainly to visually see the number of hours I study per week and the amount of times I work out per month. By marking x’s and numbers I can see my progress and continue to stay motivated. The calendar has to specifically be the Thomas Kinkade Disney wall calendar because I love Disney and it makes me feel happy even in the worst times. People say Kinkade was a bad artist, but I say he was a prosperous dude who got a nice deal with one of the largest companies in the world.
So those are the tools that I use to help me cry less as I go through my life. Maybe this will help you, maybe it will not, but know that becoming an organized person is definitely a must for dental school.
Have fun with this, take your time, try a bunch of things, and stay consistent.