Some Ideas for Using Colour-Coding to Stay Organized:
1. Use different coloured bags for different activities:
If you tend to forget the things you need for your activities, it can help to have a bag dedicated to each one. For example, your school materials go in a blue bag, your soccer gear goes in a red bag and your music and instrument go in a black bag. Colour-coding makes it easier to keep track of your stuff. If you re-pack your bag at the end of each activity, you will be less likely to forget something in the future.
2. Colour-code your calendar:
Assign colours to different types of activities (perhaps have those colours match the bags that you use for those activities). OR Try assigning colours to different types of tasks. Tests could be green, project deadlines could be red and so on.
3. Assign a colour to each class:
If you have trouble remembering what to bring to every class or forget half of your materials at home or in your locker everyday, this trick is for you. If red is the colour for math class, cover your math textbook in red paper, use a red binder or notebook for your notes and assignments, carry your math homework in a red folder etc. When you are getting ready to head to math class, check to make sure that nothing red has been left behind, and you will be less likely to forget something important.
4. Use coloured bracelets or elastics as homework reminders:
Once you know what colour goes with each subject, get some matching elastics or bracelets. Put one on your wrist or around your water bottle when you are assigned homework in that class. Use them to remind you what you have for homework and to help you pack your backpack properly at the end of the day. Remove them as each assignment is complete.
5. Use colour-coded sticky notes in your agenda:
Place coloured sticky notes beside assignments in your agenda or on your calendar to indicate how urgent it is. Red might mean it is a priority. Yellow might mean working on it tomorrow. Green could mean that it can wait a few days.