It became my own personal mantra: When I lost my lunch box, when my essay got erased, when I missed an appointment, or a deadline, or my passport, when I couldn’t find videos for my documentary, when I forgot to pick up my sister from violin class. Every time.
But from all I’ve learned until senior year, I cannot afford such a cheap excuse: disorganization is a lack of care and caution; it’s a way of acting, not a trait. In fact, when I
"Stop seeing creativity as this messy thing"
So about a month ago I’ve been working to implement a structural pivot in my life with the hopes that being organized will open space for improvement in all my weaknesses as a student and person
And it has: I’ve started to use a calendar, which allows me to have a visual framework of my entire month to work
around it, shifting tasks as they come up. As I used notes to write my daily HW, now I write them in order of importance in a white board that is hung on my room, crossing them out as I go. This has helped me prioritize as I make sure I not only write my homework down, but that I schedule time for personal pleasures that make me happier. Until now I’ve tried meditating and baking with my sister, and I’ve realized how now, I’m more willing to focus on my work, as I don’t feel It’s keeping me away from anything.
This week this hasn’t happened, because of this strategy I’ve been more aware of the time I devote to every little thing; I’ve slept early, finished a book tranquilly (which I hadn’t for a while), and been a better mood overall :)
Finally, I’ve started experimenting with listening to music as I work, because before I had a fixed idea that lyrics distracted me, I used a friend’s recommendation of listening to something more classical. I started with Ludovico’s Nuvole Bianche and Divenire and I couldn’t believe how much it helped. It keeps me in a bubble, my thoughts and I, especially as I read or write.