I have two desks: one at home and one at school. At home I use my desk occasionally for work or blogging, but I tend to end up on the living room couch instead :)
At school, my desk sees a lot of use. I do quite a bit of homework at my desk, as well as sorority work (and now, blog work!). I like to make it as homey and perky as possible. Plus, it’s also used as an “all-purpose” table, for food, crafts, breaks, and anything in between.
I thought I would show you around my desk so you have an idea of where I’m working and what organization/set-up options have worked the best for me!
Let’s begin, shall we?
The college blog posts continue with an exciting ORGANIZATION POST! If that doesn’t push you to the edge of your seat, how about a peek at my very own school supplies? :)
I just want to start by saying organization is a very personal thing. I know people who throw caution to the wind (I mean, they don’t use a PLANNER) and somehow wind up getting everything done on time. I know people with flash-card obsessions and detailed, color-coded notes as pretty as they are useful. I am somewhere in-between.
You know where you fit on the spectrum. I encourage you to take these suggestions and make them work for your personal organization style (or lack thereof :)).
Without further ado: the tips
Fall semester is my favorite semester now, but freshmen year it was nothing but stress, stress, and homesickness. Being prepared for what’s going to come is a huge help, and I recommend finding out what life will be like at your particular college (your college’s website and other blogs will help with this).
But fall semester can also be a ton of fun and more of a learning experience than a stressful one. Here are the five best things you can do to make your first fall semester awesome:
Let me be blunt: you won’t have time to read for fun at college if you don’t make time. I have 30 books assigned for next semester. THIRTY.
So disclaimer: I probably will not be reading for fun this semester. These tips are more for people with reasonable reading assignments or who would rather give up eating than pleasure reading. And while no, I won’t selecting what I read until December, most of the books I have to read are still great reading material. I typically like most of them. No textbooks for the English/History major!
But I digress. You’re here because you want know how to read for fun at college. Or maybe you’ve just found yourself busy with your job, your high school work, your newborn baby, your car, your yard work- you get the picture- and want to fit reading into your schedule. Look no further: here’s what you should try.
I started out thinking I would write the generic “Top 10 Things to Bring to College!” post. It’s the start of my back-to-school series (woot woot!) and what better way to start then with a list? But once I asked my Facebook friends for their suggestions, it turned into so much more than just a list (and so much better).
The things my friends found as “must-haves” ranged from bed sheets and towels to a Time Turner and blankets for floor naps. From my friend Danielle:
Never underestimate the power of a comfy chair (or futon if you’re blessed with space), especially for those introverts among us who enjoy studying in our rooms but not necessarily enduring the cold, hard reality of a desk chair for hours on end. Other than that, I would have to say I’m inordinately fond of my hanging closet shoe rack. It only takes up a little bit of precious closet space but can be used to organize all kinds of small non-shoe items.
And my friend Lydia:
A tiny but well stocked first aid kit and a tiny travel sewing kit! You might be surprised how many disasters can be saved by some band-aids or thread.
Then there’s Grace, whose comments just can’t go unrecognized:
I also always bring my SpUnKy personality and good looks.
As I laughed along or nodded in agreement, I realized how much stuff I use at college the lists online never prepared me for. So I compiled a list of all the Facebook suggestions, more or less in my friends’ own words. The items in bold were suggested more than once, and therefore are the best stuff on the block. ;)
But enough of my blabbering! Without further ado, here is the unconventional college packing list:
…I’ll get to them later.
Just kidding! ;)
I just finished reading The Art of Procrastination, a tiny little book about one philosopher’s experience with “structured procrastination,” or putting off big tasks in favor of completing small (and frequently insignificant) ones. John Perry, a philosophy professor at Stanford, wittily puts fellow procrastinators to ease about the habit. He also offers tips, such as “horizontal organization” or teaming up with non-procrastinators for projects.
The book is only 92 pages long and Perry’s writing style makes the reading go quickly. Although, I have to admit, I set time aside to read this instead of using it to procrastinate.