You only have to ask a member of my family to find out that I'm a very messy person. I often have to tell people that while my personal spaces are often super cluttered, I have to be very organised in my mind. You may be thinking, what on earth does that mean? Well, here's a quick post on how I keep myself mentally organised, despite my surroundings (sometimes) being a tip.
Quick side note: I say I'm messy, but I really try and tidy up after myself! (This usually means I tidy my uni room about three times a day, though)
Another way I keep myself organised is to have a routine. I've really struggled with settling into a routine at uni and to be honest I'm not sure I've fully mastered it yet, but it does make a difference. Even though I feel like I'm constantly catching up on sleep, I set myself an alarm for the same time each day; it means that I can get more done in the hours I have and my body isn't being messed about (except for Friday nights!). I also try and set myself "study times", these differ from day to day based on when I'm in university but they really help with discipline, because sometimes I can procrastinate like my life depends on it.
This one may sound a little hypocritical, but a tidy and organised space really does help with an organised mind. I can say that I know where everything is in my room even when it looks like a bomb's exploded but, let's be honest, no one wants to wade through a pile of gym clothes to get to their notebook. Like I said earlier, I try and tidy up after myself as I go along but often I really am like a little tornado. To (sort of) combat this I give my room and bathroom a big clean every Friday, which is conveniently the day I finish the earliest. I do the whole shebang - pick up crap off the floor, organise and clean my desk and shelves, hoover, bleach and clean the bathroom and shower etc - and it makes me feel much better and more mentally organised. It would be nice to not have to do a military-operation clean up once a week but nobody's perfect!
Thank you for giving this little post a read, I really think it's important to have a clean and organised mind to ensure that you're on top of things. My next goal is to be less messy at home! What are your organisation tricks?