The Weekend After The First Week of School

After the first and hectic week of school, I always try to just get through the week without doing any organizational things. I do this because it is often easier to organize everything at one time, as opposed to going back and forth as you add, and drop classes, and change your schedule around. So here’s how I get organized and ready for a productive school year.

First things first, I always buy a planner/agenda for the upcoming school year. Normally this happens before the school year because I am obsessed with planners! I’ve always had a strong love for planners if I am being completely honest. 
Put all the important academic calendar dates in my planner. It is good to always have these dates already in your planner, so you won’t have remember them all off hand, they will already be put down!
Whether it be in your phone, or in an excel sheet. Make a schedule of what your daily life will be while in school. I normally use both my phone and planner. Just so I am sure not to forget anything. I like having a schedule because it makes me accountable for every half hour, of every day.
Next I go through the syllabi for every class and make a list of important dates. So every assignment, project, exam goes into this master task list. I put the name of the assignment, teacher, class, and due date. I also sort the list by date and print. Won’t have everything but close enough. This semester I am using one notebook/binder thing for all my classes and I taped the list to the inside cover.
Lastly, I try to do any easy assignments I can before the semester begins to get too busy. Doing these assignments now, will eliminate undue stress later in the semester.
The only way to stay organized during the school is to remain dedicated to the process. Sometimes you may fall a little short, but just pick yourself back up, and keep it pushing!
How do you stay organized for the school year? Let us know in the comments!
-T.Renae

FRESH START FRIDAYS: NO NEGATIVITY

Sometimes when life starts to get super overwhelming, and negative things start to weigh me down, I wish I could just snap my fingers, spin around three times, and say “Negativity Be Gone,” in my most spellbinding voice and all of those bad things and bad feelings would just disappear. However, that is not how life works, but wouldn’t that be nice. Your life is COMPLETELY in your control, whether you believe it or not. So if there is too much negativity around you GET RID OF IT. Negativity could be honestly anything: bad habits, bad people who complain a lot, your own complaining, too much social media or anything that does not give you good vibes. Biting your nails, drinking soda, whatever you feel is hindering you from being who you want to be GET RID OF IT! Getting rid of all of your negative or bad habits, is not going to happen over night, however if you work on it very diligently, you can do it! I know what you’re thinking, “Tanesha we can’t get rid of all things negative, because do not control how people treat us. What if people treat us negatively?” So what I would say to this is that people only treat them how you allow. This is by far the hardest thing I have EVER had to learn. You may not be directly saying, “hey come be mean to me,” but how you react and behave afterwards does. I have learned through trial and error, if you don’t react to those types of people. Also you could also remember if you just don’t let those things effect you any more, which takes time. “What Sally says of Susie, says more about Sally than Susie.” It takes 21 days to build a habit, so if you do good things for 21 days, you will be able to get rid of all negativity. So if you want to stop complaining, try it for 21 days! Start your new life, Today!

Keep it Classy,
-T.Renae

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