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As we approach the new academic year, it's time to get into the habit of preparing university life, or for another year of it if you are already a student. Em will be showing you how to work on productivity at university so make sure to read her post. Read on for tips on how to be an organised uni student!

1. Plan your time. 

While living at university, it can be hard to find the time to do everything you need to do. This is why planning ahead is a must. You should set yourself allocated time slots for all of the things you have to do - whether it's uni work, seeing friends, cleaning or cooking. 

Sometimes your dinner takes longer to cook than you first anticipated, then you start chatting to your flatmates in the time you should be doing an assignment. It's great to socialise but it's important to set time for projects too.

2. Use a diary or planner.

This follows on from planning ahead. In order to plan ahead it might be worth writing a to do list and keeping all of your deadlines in a diary. In my first year of uni, I had a notice board so I wrote a list of all my assignment deadlines in chronological order and pinned it to my wall so that I could see it every day.

You could also use a planner to split up how much time you will use for each project. For example, one hour of essay writing then one hour of Netflix watching for a break. If you need watch list inspiration for your chill time then I've got you.

3. Meal Plan.

As well as planning your time, planning meals is also a good thing to do to stay organised. This is some advice I need to listen to as well, because I am always unorganised with my dinners and just eat what I fancy that day. I am going to try and write a menu for the week though so I know what I'm eating each day and if I make evening plans, I will know how long my food takes to cook.

4. Budgeting. 

As we all know, student life can be expensive and sometimes leave you without a lot of money. That's why it's important to budget your money properly so you have enough, especially if you are like me and still like to live your best life at uni. 

If you have an income at uni, then limit yourself to a certain amount of spending per week. Once you have been at uni a while, you will work out how much you spend on shopping, nights out and anything else you need to buy. I would say try not to have no money at university and have a part time job where possible. Just because, if you are living in a completely new city then it's great to go and see all the things that city has to offer, as well as studying. I know sometimes this isn't possible but it's nice to be able to enjoy yourself too.

5. Keeping lecture notes organised.

You will have lectures with lots of different lecturers about different units, so it's helpful to keep these notes separate and organise them. When it comes to looking back at your notes, they will be so much easier to understand if they are neatly organised.

I tend to write the date and unit title at the top of my lectures and write the number of the lecture, e.g. Lecture 4 | Media and Society | 03/09/2020. This is probably obvious but it really helps me to remember what I learnt and when. Another good thing to do is to colour code the notes. You will spot the colour a lot more quickly if you are flicking through your note book to find something.

Are there any tips and tricks you have for keeping organised at university? Let me know as I am always looking for ways to stay organised. Be sure to check out Em's post on increasing productivity at university!

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  1. Thank you for collaborating with me Lauren! This is a fab post on staying organised a uni :)

  2. I love using a planner. I found a really cute one this year and it really helps me stay organized.

  3. Planning meals is a great idea, this definitely would have helped me in uni :)

  4. amazing post, i'll be keeping these tips in mind when i go to uni in sept! xx

    mills | www.bymills.blogspot.co.uk

  5. having a planner is such a game changer! also meal planning is great to get into for time management but also for saving money xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

  6. These are great tips for those off to uni but also everyone else. I am hopeless without my planner.

    I really think I need to start meal planning too, especially when I go back to work in September.

    Thanks for sharing x

  7. Thank you so much for the tips! these are such good ones!


  8. Such great tips for staying organised! I'm not at uni, but these are amazing tips in general. Especially meal planning, as it saves so much money and time in the long run. Great post xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

  9. Great post on tips not only at uni, but in life in general! Thanks for sharing.

  10. This is such a great post! I always think having a physical diary where you write everything down makes me so much more organised! I wish I had been better at meal planning at uni I probably spent so much money on takeaways and food at uni because i wasn't organised enough!

  11. Organisation is key!

    Lovely blog post!


  12. Lovely post. I one percent believe in all of these especially the budgeting.

  13. Love this post! So many useful ideas and tips

  14. Great tips! I think life would have been easier if I followed these tips when I was at university.

    All the best from South Africa, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

  15. I like planners/bullet journal where I know what I have to-do. I never thought of highlighting certain things but I should do that. Writing the class code and the subject is a must!

    Michelle| brokebutflawless.com

  16. This is such a helpful post! I think keeping lecture notes organised is one of the best things you can do to stay on top of everything.

    Tash - A Girl with a View