I’m the type of person that will see other people’s cluttered desktops and have a wave of anxiety wash over me. My files absolutely need to be organized, otherwise I can’t function properly. Digital organization just makes everything simpler. I know where to find documents and I don’t have to frantically search for something littered among other files. Not to mention, I can’t fully appreciate my killer Immortal wallpaper if there’s stuff all over my desktop, can I?
So with CreComm up and running, I want to share the ways I keep my MacBook and day planner organized. I hope this will be helpful to first-years and second-years alike!
In my Documents, I have a folder labeled Creative Communications, which has a folder for each semester inside of it. For each semester, I have a folder for every course I’m enrolled in.
Inside every course folder, I keep files that are in progress and still need to be handed in. I also have a Past Assignments folder and an Other folder (for course outlines, instructions, feedback, class notes, and whatever else).
When it comes to labeling documents, I always put the date the assignment is due (month, day, year) followed by the assignment name. Once the assignment has been handed in, I move the document into Past Assignments.
I’m just as organized with my agenda as I am with my computer files. I fold each page at the top left hand corner, so I can easily flip to the current week. I use coloured tabs for assignments or tasks that are due, and write other things like birthdays and class field trips in pencil. I personally don’t like to write in pen, just in case plans change.
For each coloured tab, I indicate the name of the assignment and the time it’s due. Once I’ve completed and/or handed in the assignment, I put a check mark on the tab.
Don’t forget to put your name and contact information on your agenda in the event you lose it.