How To Manage Your Student Desk

Desk clutter is the enemy of effective and efficient study and successful Assignment preparation and writing. Clutter means disorganisation, lost time searching for documents, ineffective and prolonged research and general untidiness.

NEVER be tempted to just put all of the clutter into a drawer or cabinet, only to take out the same clutter the next day and start the whole disorganised process again!

To stop this in its tracks successful, First level students follow the RAFT technique to save time, effort and stress in completing tasks.

The RAFT technique involves following 4 Steps as soon as anything lands on their desk:

  1. Refer: pass any research that you have completed that you will not be using onto someone else, having a clear view in mind of who might be able to benefit from your kind gift.
  2. Action: work on the content of the document or text book immediately, or at least fit this into a priority sequence that you are using, weighing up its importance and urgency against other tasks or Assignments that you have. You are prioritising, aren’t you?
  3. File: immediately file it for future action or reference. Make sure you have an effective Filing system to support your work!
  4. Throw: throw the document away immediately. It is a time trap, it will serve you no purpose and will clog up your working system.

It is often the build up of items to delegate, action or file that takes up desk space and mind space so action these items the minute they land.

Apply the RAFT techniques systematically and then refine it to meet the demands of your course and to magnify your chances of success.

Good Luck!

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