Is there anything worse than a million things to do, no idea where to start and being so stressed with uni you just sit watching netflix and doing NONE of it! For me no, I am a bit of an organisational freak if I’m being honest and get so unmotivated when I have no idea what I am meant to be doing next. At University, this could probably be the worst thing, so now it is the start of a new year I have decided to get myself a new organiser and try to organise my life a little better! Unfortunately though, no matter how organised I get, I am an incredibly messy person, so I’ve looked up a bit about how I can make my new year a little stress free!
I recently read that, women who described their homes as untidy and have a life full of unfinished projects were more depressed, tired, and had higher levels of stress according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. I really do not want to become one of these women who feel this way, especially given how busy my life can be when I am on
placement! But what is the best way to combat that stressed feeling?
Well apparently, people who set short-term goals, stick to plans, and record their progress in life are more likely to stick with an exercise program than those who just show up to the gym and are not sure what to do. Staying organised can also help you to sleep. That saying – less mess equals less stress – naturally results in better sleep, brilliant when I’m working with primary classes on placement. And most surprisingly, people who worked in a neat space for 10 minutes were twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar than those who worked in a messy office for the same amount of time – but it might take me a bit more than a neat study area to convince me to choose an apple over a chocolate bar!
I have bought my organiser from Kikki K after quite a bit of research and decisions about what I wanted it to include. I never realised how many people used them and that there were bloggers focussing on this topic alone. Some of the ones they create look amazing and must take forever to do. I’m not sure mine will be quite so creative, however at the end of the day I’m not buying it for another craft project, but as a useful tool to keep me right when studying. I know of many schools, colleges and universities actually handing out diaries in order to help their students in the right direction.
To be honest, this isn’t a tried and tested thing for me, I have no idea how this whole buying an organiser and trying to keep my home tidy will work in terms of keeping me on the right track for studying, but if I don’t try I will never know! If you have any tips or have tried this and found it has worked, feel free to comment below.
Happy New Year!