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Getting Organised in Varsity is Easier than You Think

All too often people give themselves labels and then live up to them. For instance, people may say, I’m not an outdoor person or I’m not good with people.

The thing is you can be whatever you want to be. Many life skills don’t come naturally and are learned behaviours. Time management, active listening, and optimism are all examples of exactly this.

Another important skill is getting organised. Granted, it may come easier to come than to others, but it is a learned skill and one that will serve you well in future.

3 Steps to Getting Organised

Getting organised has a major impact on your psychological state which, in turn:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Allows for better sleep
  • Makes you more productive

Here’s where to start.

Set Up Your Systems

Things happen quickly in university, and we need to respond the same way. Set up your systems so that you have a place for everything, both in your student room and your computer. A tray, a box, or a file is better than a space on your desk. (You can always revisit these if they don’t work for you, but it’s a start.)

Set up your folders on your computer in a way that makes sense to you. Throw away stuff that you don’t need. Keep clutter to a minimum.


We all know that there are things that we want to do and things that we have to do. When you draft your schedule for the week, do the things that you really don’t want to do first. This simple habit makes such a difference to your motivation levels and helps you to think clearly. Try it!

Prioritising involves making lists and checking them off as you complete each task. This gets them out of your head and onto a sheet of paper or spreadsheet, and the act of checking tasks off brings a surprising amount of satisfaction.

Set Goals

Setting mini goals for yourself is a crafty little trick that helps to keep you on track when you’re snowed under. Feel like a cup of coffee? Then finish up that last assignment and reward yourself.

Don’t quit for the day until you have completed everything on your to-do list. Make this a habit.

It may sound simplistic but mastering these three habits of thought and action will eventually become your norm, making you one of those people who carry the label of “organised.”