• Arden Palmquist

Getting My Sh*t Together

With the new semester upon us, I am one semester closer to graduating and that is a whole other blog post on its own. But since we are now in a new semester and a new year (I’ll be talking about it being a new year for literally the entire month of January), it’s time to get our lives together. If you’re reading this it’s because a) you are a true fan and love reading whatever I am writing, b) stumbled upon my social media and just are now in depth stalking me c) admitting you are a mess and are looking for guidance in getting your life together.

Well, let me first start of by hitting all of these. If you just like reading whatever I am writing, thank you. You’re helping a girl accomplish her goals in life. If you just stumbled upon me and are in depth stalking, once again, thank you. Because now I can put you in the fan category. And if you fall in the last category that I listed, I’m still flattered. You are either so desperate on advice or you just really take what I have to say to heart.

Anyways, I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. I really don’t know what I can tell you to help. I decided to write a blog post on everything I’m doing to get back into a new semester and do a lot better than last semester. Maybe you’ll find this motivating in helping get your lives together or maybe you’ll find something that I’m doing that you like and do it yourself.

I have two planners and two notebooks. They each of their own purpose. My first planner is my main planner, it’s full of school dates, work, etc. The second planner is strictly for all of my creative platforms to help build a schedule for bloggings, my podcast, creative planner, social media planning, etc. That sounds like a lot and typically I make people overwhelmed with my planners but it’s just what has always helped me with staying on track and semi-sane. If this doesn’t work for you, don’t force it on yourself.

But I also own two journals. One being for all of my brainstorming for my blog, my podcast, my YouTube Channel (if I ever actually get it going), planning, etc. The other one being an outlet for myself when I am having a hard time. One of my new year resolutions this year was to journal more, last year taught me that I need an outlet and my journal is my own privacy. I use it a lot for logging my mornings and evenings, writing what I’m thankful for and things I want to accomplish during the day, and if I accomplished them when I log in the evening. This has been helpful for days when I feel overwhelmed and need to get it out of my system. It’s small and only takes 10 minutes max.

TO-DO LISTS ALL AROUND. If you want to start out small, write out to-do lists. Those suckers are so therapeutic to cross off when you actually accomplish something. I have different colored labels for different categories on my to-do list. One label is for University Tees (one of my jobs), one is for school, one is for my podcast/blog, and one is miscellaneous (such as cleaning or running errands or planning for the next couple of days).

I typically plan out time to plan for the week, especially when it comes to starting new classes. Since I work roughly around 32 hours a week, I plan as much as I can before work and then continue planning my week after I get off of work.

As for preparing for a new semester I go through and read the syllabus before my class and write down the times of the class for the first week in my planner so I don’t forget and I can plan things around my class schedule without having to look up my schedule every time I need to plan something. I’ll also start price checking books just in case I actually need to read in the class. This helps save time and it prepares me for the class.

It’s so important in college and having a busy schedule like mine to keep up with everything so you don’t fall behind and only become more overwhelmed. Sure, sometimes being so busy is exhausting but I work hard to get me towards the future that I want for myself. But in order to do that, I have to plan and plan everything out.

I’ve never been the kind of person who can just casually jump up and do something. I enjoy planning and I love getting everything ready and all laid out to help myself succeed. My biggest motivator is myself. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish all the dreams I have and that is why it’s so important for me to get my sh*t together as the new semester and year are here.

What are some things you like to do to help motivate or keep you organized?

**I know this an overwhelming post and an overwhelming time as school seems to consumer us all, but, it's so important to remember to take a step back and BREATHE. Take some time off and do something you love to do. Getting everything together an organized motivates you, yes, but make sure to make time for yourself. At the end of the day, this truly does pay off when you schedule time in for yourself to detox however you like to detox.**

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