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Its Monday, how are you feeling?

The best thing about Monday’s is it’s an opportunity for a new slate, maybe last week didn’t turn out very productive or maybe it was productive but too stressful to enjoy.

How did you do last week? Were you able to limit the amount of interruptions?? I was I even completed multiple assignments before their due dates.  I left my phone in the other room and shut my door to my office which allowed for A LOT more focus time. What worked best for you?

We are 3 weeks into the quarter papers are starting to pile up. What does your notebook look like? How about your backpack or book bag….maybe your desk at home? Staying organized is easy once you have a plan in place, the hard part is getting the plan.

When we are in school we accumulate a large of papers the best way to keep track of them is to adopted a filing system. I will present to you a 3-step system to filing (provided by:)

The first step is to assign categories or sub-categories for example

Category: School
Sub-category: Spring ’12 quarter
Sub-sub-category: Lecture…you get the idea

Then you decide how you will organize within the category
Alphabetically, chronological (Jan, Feb, March…) or numerical.

Finally, you label. Labels are everything in the world of filing. If you don’t have your categories labeled you will not know what is where….which defeats the entire purpose of filing.

–Always write your subject on the tab of the file folder, close to the top of the tab, so you can easily see it when you’re looking through your files.
— Use a medium point, black marker to label your files. Print; don’t use script.
— Use as few words as possible on the tab

So here is an example:

Category: Spring Quarter 2012
Sub-Category: Echo A
Sub-Sub-categories: Lecture; Lab
**Organized chronologically from first day of class**

Go on and get organized!