Staying organised can come naturally to people, however, there are those where it doesn’t! We have some top tips to keep you organised throughout your distance learning course!
Keep your digital and paper files organised
Keeping your files organised can seem like a small task, meaning that you don’t end up with a mountain of paper or digital files everywhere! Keep your folders simple!
Organising you documents into folders for each module tends to be the easiest approach. Keep your file names simple and consistent, so you know where to look when you need to!
Good examples of files or folder names are Module/Type of work
i.e. Understand Child Development / Assessment
Keeping your web browser tabs organised!
Researching for your assessments can leave you with a lot of tabs open. Toast can help keep your browser organised and information easily accessed! Save you windows and come back to them at a later date!
Putting a stop or attempting to control distractions is a great way to keep your mind organised and creating a better focus on your tasks. Does the internet distract you? Can you get work done offline? If you can do some of you distance learning offline, use an internet blocker to stop you searching for those distracting websites (SelfControl).
Are you addicted to your phone? Scrolling through social media? Turn off your phone and place it in another room, so you can’t easily reach for it. There are many apps that reward you for keeping off of your phone. Get friends who are also completing distance learning courses and play together by keeping off of your phone!
Track Your Time
Many writers and professional will track their time to ensure they get work completed. There are many different timers available for you to choose from on the web, rather than using your phone! Ensure that you have set intervals to take a break from studying, but make sure once your break is up you return to work.
Keep Your Computer Desktop Clean
When thinking of a messy desktop, think of a messy floor. You can live with it, but it will soon slow you down searching for files. Either clean up your desktop or start as you mean to go on!
Clean your desktop at least once a week to keep on top of being organised, recommended at the beginning or end of the week. Any items you want to keep on your desktop, make sure it’s a document you use daily.
Once your desktop is clean, think about your wallpaper, a calming or energising wallpaper is a way to make sure it isn’t the focal point of your attention. There is a high level of self-discipline, but forming new habits is required. Not all of our tips need to be followed completely, but it’s a great starting point for anyone new or experienced with distance learning. Try different approaches and find out what works for you. If something doesn’t work first time, don’t give up, try something new.
Keep Your Files Backed Up
It is highly recommended that all of you important and sentimental files are backed up. Use Google Drive, One Drive or Dropbox. Save the time having to rewrite assignments or lose motivation because you have lost your work.