Finals week is probably the most stressful time of the year, but by having great desk organization, you can be more focused on the studying at hand!
Midterms have wrapped up, and as the holidays get closer, one terrible event looms in the distance: finals week. Every student knows and fully understands the stress involved in finals week. Cramming for tests, finishing up papers and projects, ingesting too much caffeine, and sometimes silent sobbing and wailing. There is usually some self-loathing involved, chastising oneself for procrastinating (again) and swearing to never do it again, even though we all know how that will end later. Amongst all of these emotions and projects, there is one thing you can accomplish that will help you tackle your finals with ease, and relieve some of your stress. The key to productive work in a hectic time is to have a clean, neat, and organized space to work in. So, we have to organize our desks. Today I’m going to talk about some really cool desk organization ideas and some other tips and tricks I have found over the years to help you get ready for dreaded finals week.
The biggest problem we all face when it comes to our desk is having a place for everything. When we realize we have procrastinated studying for too long and try to cram all of our notes from every subject into our brains in a short period of time, well, it gets a little hectic. Our notebooks and loose pages end up everywhere. The desk above has a solution. Look at those awesome hanging desk organizers for folders and organizing office supplies, and then the racks on the desk itself. You could easily have a drop spot for your notes for your classes with this type of desk organizer set. I love how there are not a lot of loose items on the desk, making the area clean and conducive to long hours of studying or writing papers.
The dry erase board is my favorite touch. You have a great place to write down due dates, inspirational and motivational quotes, and a list of everything that needs to get done. You can write a list of chapters and notes that need to be read (or re-read) so when you accomplish that, you can cross it off. Having a checklist is a great way to stay motivated because you can see just how much you have done. Then, you have a list of what still needs to get done, so you know exactly how much you need to do each day. Bonus: a little plant is a great way to add some life to a desk area!
Via Bob Villa
I absolutely love the layout of this desk. The magnetic board would be a fantastic place to put your to-do lists, motivational and inspirational quotes, and even parts of the projects you are working on, if applicable. I mentioned above that plants are great desk accessories, so check out these gorgeous flowers! Not only will they add life to your busy work area, but color and fragrance as well. Pick some of your favorite flowers, or one that has a smell that inspires you, and keep them at your desk. Nature has this wonderful way of inspiring us and making us feel whole.
I also love the mugs full of writing utensils. They’re just cute desk organizers! This is how I keep my pens, highlighters, and pencils at my own desk. It keeps them out and ready to use. You can use mugs with pretty colors, or even clear or tinted mason jars at your own desk. As with the last desk, there's a lot of empty and clean space on the desk itself. No clutter here! That is very important when organizing your desk. A cluttered workspace will make your mind feel cluttered as well, which makes you less productive. So make sure to clear off any unnecessary items before you start studying, and to put everything back when you are done so it’s ready for when you tackle the next subject or paper.
There’s only one problem I have with this particular desktop organization and it’s that darn cell phone. It doesn't have a place of its own, and it’s smack dab in the middle of the desk, making it an easy distraction from your studies. Don’t succumb to the temptation of texting and social media while you’re supposed to be studying! We are all guilty of this from time to time, so don’t make it more stressful for yourself in the long run. Put that phone away (unless you’re working on a group project, then yeah you kind of need it to keep in touch with the group)! Seriously, I’ll keep talking about this throughout this post because nothing is more detrimental to studying and writing papers than a buzzing phone and the call of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. But more about how to keep your phone out of the way later!
#FinalsWeek can make a person #stressed, but w/ a little #deskorganization, you’ll be ready to ace those #finals!
Via My Domaine
Okay, this desk organizing technique is super cool. Love the mason jar writing utensil holders and check out those hanging clipboards. They act like the magnetic board in the last picture, but clipboards are cheap and way easier to find. You can use each clipboard as a paper organizer! One could have your main to-do list with all the classes you are studying for and what papers you need to write. Then you could break it down from there, having smaller, easy to tackle lists on each specific subject.
Remember what I said about how cathartic and awesome it is to cross things off a to-do list? Honestly, not much is more helpful during this stressful time of year. I make my main to-do list with all my papers and projects listed, then I have separate lists for each of those, where I list what chapters and articles need to be read, how many pages need to be written. Being able to cross something off that list makes one feel very accomplished, even if they have just read one chapter, because hey, that’s one less chapter to read now! These hanging clipboards would be perfect for holding those lists, and also the rubrics for any papers and projects to keep them handy so you don’t accidentally forget an important part!
Now, this would be a spectacular workspace. Look at how neat and clean it is, and again with the cute writing utensil holder! Gah, I just love great places to store desk supplies. My favorite part about this desk organization, and why I decided to show it to you, is the awesome collection of photos under the computer. Remember my post a few weeks back on mood boards and how they help keep you focused and inspired? I love that it’s actually incorporated into the desk, underneath a sheet of glass. Of course, not all of us have desk sets with these capabilities, but oh if we did! If you are like me, and your desk can’t do this, put up a mood board somewhere close by, or as your desktop background on your computer or laptop.
Now that I have given you lots of ideas on desktop organizers, I wanted to show you a very awesome set of neatly organized desk drawers. The top of this desk is nice as well, but look at those drawers! Everything has its own place, which is exactly how you keep your desk neat and organized. You can make sure every part of your desk is ready to tackle finals, and anything you could need is right at your fingertips.
You know what the best part of this is? You can make a special place in the drawers of your desk for your cell phone. I told you I would come back to talking about cell phones. I am guilty, very, very guilty, of getting distracted by my phone as I am trying to study, especially if it’s for a class I don’t like, or a project or paper I have no desire to work on. My solution is to turn my phone on that handy dandy Do Not Disturb, and tuck it away into the farthest part of my desk drawer organizer. The only people who can call me and make my phone ring are my parents, in case of emergencies. Other than that, I am cut off from the temptation of texting and Twitter, my main social media vices. Of course, I can check Twitter from my computer but that is a biiig no-no. There are websites like keepmeout.com that can warn you if you check a site too often while working, and apps like Stayfocusd for Chrome to keep you away from certain sites, which I highly recommend during finals to make sure you don't get distracted.
Via Modish & Main
There you have it! A few different desk organization ideas and tips to get you ready to conquer your finals! Don’t forget to share this post with family and friends who are about to have finals, and comment with any additional desk organizing ideas you come across. Stay creative, my friends, and good luck on your finals!
**Featured image via My Fabuless Life