There is no doubt that a little organization goes a long way to helping us get more done each day. Staying organized throughout the school year can serve as a challenge, especially while learning in a home environment, but solid organizational skills will help set you up for continued success. If you're looking for some best practices on how to get yourself organized in a cyber school, here are some tips that may help.
1. Use a Daily Planner or the Daily Schedule to plan out your time each day. Plan out your day the night before. Include class time, break times, and times to complete homework. Planning the night before helps us be more productive the next day and reduces unnecessary stress in the morning.
2. Make a To-Do List each evening for the following day. After writing down everything you would like to get done the following day, prioritize the list. Decide what three things are most important and be sure to finish those things. Also, be sure to finish any assignments that are due!
3. Make the most of your time! Try the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused and on track. Procrastination can happen to any of us, but there are various strategies that can help you stay organized and productive.
4. Eliminate distractions that keep you from getting school work done. If phones or other technological devices are a distraction, put them in another room, closet, or cupboard until work is complete. These can serve as an incentive to stay on task and finish an assignment.
5. Use checklists on paper or on white boards in your student’s learning space. Posting a physical checklist of all assignments due during the week can help hold us accountable.
6. Remove clutter or unnecessary items from your learning space. Our surroundings can have a significant impact on our ability to work and focus. Often, if our work space is cluttered, disorganized, or noisy, it makes us less productive. Likewise, a clean, organized, and quiet space can help us work more efficiently.
7. Conduct a weekly review to be sure your organizational systems are still in place and working well. Adjust your systems as needed so that they continue to work for you.
We hope you find these tips helpful in getting and staying organized in a cyber learning environment. Sometimes it can be a matter of trial-and-error to determine what types of strategies help you stay organized. Once you find what works best for you, stick to it. Not only will it help you during your time as a cyber student, but it will help you for years to come, both personally and professionally.