HOW STUDENTS CAN STAY ORGANISED OVER THE SUMMER BREAK
Many students will have finished their end of year exams now, whether that’s for GCSEs, A-Levels or university finals. And so, for a lot of productive academics, summer is the time to make a game plan!
Have no idea where to start? What’s important to remember is that taking a breather and giving yourself the rest you have earned needs to be a priority over the summer months. We need you to keep that in mind.
But we also know that you’re eager to have something to work on. So, for those who want to make sure they don’t totally lose all sense of structure over the break, here are 7 tips.
GET YOUR ENVIRONMENT IN ORDER
This one is for the easy-distracted among us! Invest time into decluttering your personal space and only keep the essential daily items out on your desk. By starting your day with a relatively easy task, you also build momentum and confidence, reminding yourself that you can indeed get stuff done. This might seem small, but if you keep your space organised every day, you’ll notice the impact can be powerful.
Taking regular small breaks during a period of work can be helpful! Often, we think the more we push ourselves to complete tasks or get through the day with everyday errands; we cannot have breaks unless we are satisfied. This is a common mindset across teens and young adults; however, it can lead to fatigue and burnout, or even just a lack of productivity. A small break is a great way to recharge and refresh, and during chaotic times, it allows you to pause your responsibilities and take a breath. No matter how small this action is, it brings many benefits such as reduced anxiety, less stress and mood improvement.
SELF-CARE IS ESSENTIAL
Self-care means different things to different people, whether taking a hot bath, face masks, reading a book or having a cookie! The key takeaway of self-care activities is practising what brings joy into your life, particularly during a chaotic or stressful time. Weaving this into your weekly routine means you’re not feeling FOMO from your hobbies whilst still doing what’s needed to be done (like your 9-5 job or studying). If this sounds foreign to you, no need to worry! You can start to brainstorm what keeps you feeling confident and relaxed and how you can incorporate that into everyday life.
ORGANISE YOUR WORKLOAD
An essential step in organising your life is to capture your tasks and responsibilities. This is just a slightly dramatic way of saying “write a list”! Your brain is designing for thinking, not just storing, so get everything out of your mind and on a piece of paper.
Open a new page in your notebook and put pen to paper, writing every thought, concern or event you have in your mind. This initial step clears your mind, and in turn, helps you to think more effectively. Now take all the ideas you have written out and organise them into sections that characterise your personal life. These sections will help you better understand what you have to do and reduce any stress you have.
SPEAK TO LOVED ONES
Get some perspective on your tasks and priorities by talking through them with people who care about you. Discussing what’s happening in each other’s lives and asking for advice on situations can help you get to grips with organising your mind. They can even offer organisation tips from chaotic times in their lives. Often, keeping problems or concerns to ourselves does more harm than good, so speaking things out helps clear your mind and gives you a sense of relief.
SOCIAL MEDIA… FRIEND OR FOE?
When getting to grips with organising your life, social media can be a real distraction. When scrolling endlessnessly on Instagram or being lost in TikTok, these apps can steer you off your schedule. If you know social media is a weakness, we recommend logging out or even temporarily deleting the apps.
YouTube is an excellent method to learn something new, with millions of different creators sharing their craft. StudyTubers are YouTube creators who have teamed up to keep students calm and motivated during a time of uncertainty. There are videos on organisation, stress management, exam prep and much more!