There are two different types of people in this world: those who like to plan and those who do not. Believe it or not, I didn’t always like to plan. I consider my old self to be quite the lazy procrastinator. So, what helped me change my ways? College did. I was always a good student, but my organizational skills were pretty terrible all through grade school. My class notebooks were full of mangled papers with illegible chicken-scratch on them, my planner was sparse with entries, and my backpack was a place that no-one in their right mind would try to sort through. Even though I got by with all of this disorganization, I was in a state of constant anxiety over my grades. I was always afraid that I was forgetting a homework assignment or missing valuable information from one of my classes. About a month before college started, I came to the realization that I needed to change my ways due to the higher stakes that were about to present themselves to me. Now I’m not saying that everyone needs to be as anal and paranoid about planning that I currently am, but if you’re not that way it doesn’t hurt to be close to someone who is. You can find my reasoning for this below.
Planning is Crucial for Student Success
If your college experience was anything like mine, it included a copious amount of responsibilities! Between balancing around five classes per semester, working 20-30 hours per week, and maintaining personal relationships, I was often too exhausted to keep up with everything. Without keeping track of every assignment, exam, project, shift, and holiday in my planner, I would have probably lost my mind! I even found that using the calendar portion of my planner along with color-coding entries to specific highlighter colors helped me out a lot. If you are more a digital person, there are plenty of organization apps (like Evernote) that are wonderful! I’m more of an old-school person myself, so I prefer good old pen and paper for keeping track of my daily tasks!
Humans are a Forgetful Species
I am an extremely forgetful person! If I know I have something that I CANNOT FORGET, I actually write a reminder on my hand. I know that sounds silly, but it’s the only thing that works for me. My point is that it’s a lot easier to remember something if you plan some kind of a reminder ahead of time. For most things, I can either set reminders on my phone or write them down in my planner to remember. Since I do tend to overbook myself on a daily basis, I have to have an alternative reminder system due to my preoccupied brain. Chances are that you are pretty forgetful too! It’s better to watch out for yourself, but if this is just too hard for you then entrust in someone else to remind you. It’s better not to have to rely on others, but at the end of the day just do what you have to do.
Bills are Not Forgiving
Most people can be forgiving, but bill collectors are not most people! There are certain things in life (such as the rent or your phone bill) that will not accommodate your forgetfulness. If you miss a homework assignment, it’s not the end of the world. It might suck and lower your grade, but it won’t be the end of your student career. Whereas not paying one of your bills on-time can lead to many unpleasant situations that are easily avoidable in the first place. Since things like insurance, rent, utilities, and other related payments are something that most people in a functioning society have to deal with, not a lot of people will feel sympathetic if you don’t do your part and keep up.
You Don’t Want Others to Feel Forgotten
Sometimes someone’s forgetfulness can carry over to some of the more trivial things in life. This can include holidays and special events centered around those you care about. We all can forget someone’s birthday or wedding and not have any bad intentions. Sometimes we might not remember these kind of things until the day before or day of. If you can give yourself gentle reminders of upcoming special events a couple weeks ahead of time, not only will you put more thought into your gifts and gestures, but you’ll also remember to go in the first place!
I never liked to plan before, but I was tired of living life without any direction or preparation. The reasons I gave above were some of the motives I needed to make the necessary changes I made in my life about six years ago. Even though now I need to practice being able to let go and be more spontaneous, I don’t regret learning how to prioritize my life! I hope this helps you as well!
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Question of the Week:
What’s something you have a hard time remembering?