Organization is key for students’ success

High school can be very intimidating. Keeping up with assignments and homework for seven classes is difficult to manage. Over the course of three years, I’ve taken multiple personality tests. According to my personality type, ISFJ (Introverted, Observant, Feeling, Judging), I am efficient and responsible. 

Organization has been a big part of my life. Writing lists is a norm for me. I am the type of person to write a pros and cons list when making a decision. I write to-do lists to accomplish my goals for the day. If a task isn’t written down, it probably won’t get done. I’ve managed to keep good grades, thanks to my organization. For the last couple of years, I’ve accumulated countless notebooks with lists upon lists. Almost every day after school I write down the assignments that need to get done. Unfortunately, I caught a case of senioritis this year. It’s been hard to turn in assignments on time, but I am back on track with a little motivation from my family. 

Cleanliness is the key to having my life put together. I cannot work in messy environments. For example, I always clean my room before I do any homework, or I won’t be able to focus. Being in a clean surrounding helps my anxiety and allows me to stay on task. For anyone who struggles with time management, I recommend writing down what has to be done and work in a quiet place.

As I reflect over the last three years of high school, I realize my organization has been a big part of my success in school. Although I’ve wished I was the spontaneous adventurous type, I am grateful for the person I am. The perfectionist in me comes out as I do group projects or edit papers. It’s both a gift and a curse.