When I read and write I am always thinking about how these ideas fit into my life. Generally, when I read for class I always have a highlighter and whenever I find something that sticks out to me or seems like it would be useful in life as a teacher, I highlight it. Sometimes I even keep a notebook near so that if I think it is a really great idea, I will write it down. I have a plastic tote with all my teacher materials in it. I have everything from the things my mom has bought to decorate my classroom to materials I plan to use when I become a teacher. Since high school I have been keeping notebooks, folders, and binders with important information that I want to use in my classroom. It makes it easier to go back and look through these readings and papers whenever I have highlighted what is most important.
When organizing for class, it seems to take longer to organize what I need to do than what I really need to do. Before I can sit down to do my homework, I have to write out a list of all the work that is due and when it is due for that week. I feel like if I do not write all the homework out then I will forget something. It also helps because I know how much homework there is to do and I can manage my time better. Sometimes I feel like I am wasting time by writing it all out by I feel like I cannot concentrate on doing my homework unless it is wrote out. Whenever I am in class I am constantly writing things on post it notes. They seem to save my life. Not just for class but for everything else.
I am usually a very organized person in all the activities in my life. If I am going on a trip, I write down all the things I need while I am gone. If I do not write it out, I will forget something. I think I am organized about things because if I was not, then I would forget stuff more often. I use post it notes at home to remind myself to pay my bills or take out the trash and even what to get at the grocery store. I often leave notes for my boyfriend to do things because if not we would both forget and it would never get done.