Let’s Get Organized

by Brooke Cooley

Taking classes online can seem to be more organized, especially when all of your studies are housed on one site. But staying organized with the rest of your materials can get pretty hard. But, when we eliminate clutter we eliminate the potential for more stress to be created. As an online student I can personally say when things are organized at my desk or study space, I’m able to get more done and in return not be distracted. Here are a few tips to inspire you to become more organized.


  1. Schedule ahead of time – A planner can be your life saver when taking online classes. I personally like to use a paper back planner that way I can check off things I’ve completed. Scheduling ahead of time will give you a better outlook on your upcoming week and will also prepare you mentally for the school work that you have to do this week.
  2. Color Code – It has been said that using different colored pens, pencils or highlighters keep a student interested and engaged in their studies. White pages with black text can become mundane and boring after having to read 10 chapters in a book. Personally, I love using highlighters to underline and to make sure I remember important points. Dr. Taylor Hartman even goes to say that personalities can be divided between four different colors. He has an online assessment that you can take here to inform people where their color motivation is stems from
  3. Give Yourself a Break – There have been so many times that I’ve been studying for hours and then suddenly remember that I forgot to eat lunch. Studies say that taking breaks can actually produce more focus. Some ways to optimize your breaks are stepping away from the screen, taking a social break or working in 90-minute bursts then taking a break. Tony Schwartz wrote in the New York Times, “Taking more time off is counterintuitive for most of us. The idea is also at odds with the prevailing work ethic in most companies, where downtime is typically viewed as time wasted.” (via Huffington Post)


I hope these practical tips will help and inspire you to get more organized. Remember, online learning can be a breeze if we dedicate ourselves to staying organized and prepared!

Author: Claire Stewart

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