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Three tips for staying organized, managing stress this semester

Sept. 14, 2016

With the semester in full swing, it’s important to get organized sooner rather than later. These tips can help you establish a routine and better manage your workload and stress.

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Enter to win this IU-branded organizational bundle, an $18 total value. | Photo By CHRIS MEYER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

Declutter your workspace

Everyone starts out strong when it comes to staying organized. But as the semester drags on, it’s easy to find your desk piled high with various papers. To avoid clutter and added stress, find a place for everything so nothing gets lost. Train yourself early on in the semester to place everything in its designated spot so that when you get busy, it’s second nature to place it there instead of forming a pile on your desk. It might also help to organize and label your files in a drawer or cabinet.

Enter to win

Current IU faculty and staff with a valid IU email address can enter to win an IU-branded organizational bundle, including a magnetic notepad, a small dry-erase board and a notebook, a $18 total value. The contest opens Sept. 14 and closes at 4 p.m. Sept. 19, 2016.

Schedule everything in your calendar

From appointments to tasks that need to get done, pencil it in! If you know you need to grade a stack of papers by a certain day, book some time on your calendar so you won’t overload with meetings and put it on the backburner. If you schedule only meetings on your calendar, you will feel like you have more free time than you actually do. Color code and categorize events on your calendar so you don’t get confused.

Delegate, don’t procrastinate

Don’t be afraid to say no to some of those meetings. When possible, delegate the tasks so you can focus on what’s most important for you. Keep a journal or notepad handy on your desk to make a daily to-do list, and break your larger projects into smaller ones so you aren’t overwhelmed with the big picture.

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