The need to change

February 15, 2010 at 3:40 am Leave a comment

I used to thrive on being “stressed-out.” An adjective used most often to describe my lifestyle is busy.

My senior year of high school I was busy. I developed two independent studies for myself in addition to taking classes that were required to graduate. I was the vice president of a club I developed with my best friend, as well as the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper. To make things even more interesting, I managed to hold down two jobs most of the year and be an active member of my church’s youth group. I balanced this all with a healthy dose of being lazy and putting social priorities in front of academic ones. It was chaotic. I was never bored, and always had somewhere to go or be, and that’s how I liked it.

At that point in my life, it was easy to slack off, hand in papers late and take down all of my notes for class in one notebook. I could easily pull an all-nighter to finish a paper, and design the poster for the church car wash that Saturday while not paying attention in English. For someone who is easily distracted, this worked. (More to come in the future on why I think organization is a huge task for me, and others with similar minds.)

Needless to say, the transition to college hit me like a ton of bricks. I had to be on top of tests and papers and doing outside work for class. I found out slowly that if I didn’t feel like going to class one day, I could have done something as silly as miss learning about two hundred years of history in one hour, and that the professor was not going to review that material two days later, because we had more to learn. Suddenly, the chaotic lifestyle started to wear me down. Advanced classes and more work lead to a desire for thirty hours in the day just so I could accomplish more. I wasn’t happy at all, because I wasn’t succeeding in college; I was floundering

Something needed to change, and I knew college wasn’t going to be a little less rigorous because I asked it to be. I would need to change and adapt myself to be a successful college student. I’d love to say that it was as easy as pushing a big red button, but going from  the chaotic to organized is a constant project, which takes time and effort every day until it finally becomes habit.

I’ve developed little tools for myself to help me stay on track which I will be blogging about throughout the week. For now, I’ve posted some links under the ‘Links’ section to help someone get started. Later on I’ll post about my experience with advice and tools for those websites.

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“Becoming Organized” in a nutshell.

Anais Nin once said, “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

All I am is someone who is in the process of becoming organized, wanting to share my journey of the states I am going through. I like to think of it as lending a hand to the less organized. Giving personal testimony to what works for me and what doesn’t, helpful hints, tricks and tips, and why becoming organized was so important to me.

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