BY JAU’MORE WILSON, BLOGGER
Staying organized really just means keeping your notes and workspace clean and aesthetically-pleasing. Find a planner that you love, leave yourself reminders on colorful post-it notes or use them as bookmarks or even buy colorful pens and markers to make your planner, reminders and notes more exciting to look at. Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Walmart and Target are stores where you can find a variety of organization products that work best for you.
Use some of those leftover post-it notes and write yourself positive affirmations such as “I am strong,” “I am smart,” “I am enough,” “I will succeed.” Put them on your textbooks, laptop, your desk and your mirror. Keep yourself encouraged and manifest your reality.
Have Designated Time For Self-Care
Keep that positive energy. Along with manifesting positivity, you must take further steps in actively protecting, reviving, strengthening and relaxing your mind, body and soul. Make sure you are giving yourself time to take care of you each and every day.
Pray, meditate or journal to stay in tune with your soul and goals during this time. Release negativity and inhale positivity. Read, create something and put down your phone to take care of your mind in ways that are beneficial but not necessarily school-related. During your designated self-care time it is critical to spend time off of social media, which can and does have negative effects. Exercise, stay hydrated and make sure to get your body moving.
Do not be afraid to ask your professors for help. They are there to help you and they want you to succeed. They understand, now more than ever, that students sometimes struggle and are here to work with you. All of your professors will be having virtual office hours by appointment. Make sure to take notes of what you need clarification on before you meet virtually with your professors that way you do not forget anything during your meeting.
Have a support system
Along with building relationships with your professors, seek relationships with your classmates as well. If you do not already know any of them try to make friends in your Zoom or Microsoft Teams chats. Send emails to a classmate or two asking if you want to be study partners this semester. Exchange socials with them. It may seem awkward or totally 90’s to exchange emails with a classmate for social purposes, but considering the circumstances, it is a legit way to stay socially active while socially distant. Make sure you reach out to your current friends and family, tell them how you are struggling, and how you are succeeding throughout the semester. You never know what other people are going through and how you can be of help to one another.
Create a conducive learning environment
Get out of your bed. I promise it helps you get into a better workflow grind. Find a desk, coffee table, a library, just somewhere that inspires a comfortable work ethic and not just comfort.