So far in our procrastination series, we’ve discussed the importance of creating a study environment that minimises distraction and maximises focus, and the necessity of having a concrete plan.
Here, we’re going to break down what a “concrete plan” means – it needs to be written and recorded, so that you will be much less likely to break routine! This applies for allocating time for study, and making sure you stay on top of all other commitments you might have.
To make this happen, you have to be organised. Here are some of our favourite tools for organisation – try them out and find what works for you:
Google Calendar, or ‘GCal’, is the preferred organisational and diarising tool for many students and professionals.
Google Keep is a simple, post-it-note style organisational tool that lets you add images, checklists, and reminders to colourful ‘notes’. Simple but effective, it’s a great tool to stay on top of what you need to do. Consider having a rolling checklist on one note for each subject.
There’s a desktop version as well as iOS and Android applications, so you can keep track of things on the go.
A versatile, elegant and more fully featured alternative to Google Keep, Evernote is a great tool to keep all of your thoughts in one place. Like Keep, Evernote is cross-platform, with a web interface and mobile apps on both Apple and Android devices. If you have a tablet, there’s also a handwriting option you can take advantage of!
- Microsoft OneNote
Part of the standard MS office suite, OneNote is an excellent and versatile tool for organisation and notetaking (though not calendar management, which can be done through MS Outlook, another one of Microsoft’s Office Suite applications).
Offering hand-writing and typing options for input as well as the ability to insert images, link files, and markup documents, OneNote can be a great digital alternative to class notetaking.
- A Whiteboard
Yes, we’re serious. In the business world, whiteboards are indispensable for organising and planning things out. In the educational sphere, you’ll find them in every classroom. Why? Because presenting information visually and in physical form is still the best way to plan something out. Consider getting one for your bedroom or study space and keeping checklists of tasks for each subject.
- A Diary
We’re still serious! Though digital tools are great, sometimes, nothing beats the permanence and simplicity of noting things down physically, in hard copy. Plus, physical diaries are far less distracting than equivalent tools on your phone and computer.