“I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.”
I’d always seen this adage as a humorous brush-off for a particularly stressful situation or a blatant excuse to put off some pressing matter. But as we progress deeper into the spring semester, I’ve come to understand that this maxim isn’t about procrastination; it’s actually an incredibly useful mindset to maintain when going about your college days.
We’ve all been there: you’ve got so many tabs open on your computer that you run the risk of crashing the entire eduroam network. You set down your phone for a minute or two, only to pick it up again and see you’ve gotten upwards of 20 emails. The convenient ability of professors to publish every single due date on Canvas is simultaneously super helpful and the stuff of nightmares as your planner grows all the more incoherent with scribbled to-do’s and reminders.
It was a normal Winter Session-at-home sort of day, a cold, overcast Ohio morn’. All of my non-UD friends were already back on their respective campuses. My UD pals were hours away. Getting the mail had become the main point of excitement in my day.
As I searched the house for something — I don’t quite recall what — I suddenly heard myself saying, “Oh no, I left [insert mundane object] back home!”
But wait a second — I was home, wasn’t I?
There sometimes comes a point when you feel as though you’re academically force-feeding yourself, when your heart (and planner) says, “Get it done!” and your brain retorts, “No.”
You stare at a text and can’t imbibe a single word, no matter how hard you glare at the page. The Google Doc on your screen remains blank as you sit and wonder how you could possibly start that paper despite the fact you haven’t missed a single lecture. Your Canvas calendar is filled to the brim with pressing due dates, but, try as you might, you just can’t seem to muster the energy to tackle them.
You, dear reader, may be suffering from what I like to call acute academic overindulgence.
It seems like whenever I enter Morris Library, set up my cozy little study space on the third floor, and prepare myself for a deep intellectual journey into whatever Honors homework I may have, my stomach decides to make noises not unlike those of a rocket launch. Squirming around in my seat and making “ahem” noises only does so much to mask it, and fighting it just seems to make the groans worse.
It’s clear: this Honors kiddo needs food.
Fortunately, it’s a quick frolic across the Green to Caesar Rodney. However, in these situations, I often frolic alone.
Organization, like exercise, is a habit that must be built and refined over time. Moreover, just like with exercise, there’s a certain method of organization that works best for each individual. And while it comes more naturally to some more than others, organization takes a certain degree of work and dedication no matter what type of person you are.
Over the past year, with so many things up in the air, even the most color-coding, planner-wielding, schedule-adhering Honors student has probably found it challenging to stay grounded. I believe myself to be an organization-inclined person by nature, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t occasional moments of weakness these past two semesters where a planner entry went empty or an important due date (almost) passed me by.
In times like this, one must persuade — or, dare I say, bribe — themselves to stay organized. Organization doesn’t have to be writing out chores on a sad little sheet of looseleaf or meticulously plotting your daily activities hour-by-hour. It can be rewarding and fun.
From those who rely completely on their memory and a little luck to stay on top of things, to those who have carved out a weekly time to read 186 South College blog posts, here are some actually engaging methods of staying organized to help get you through the upcoming, semi-normal semester.