Getting Organised

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Planning, organising and being able to prioritise different tasks are important skills which apply to all areas of our daily lives. Creating an organised study space and being able to manage your studies effectively is essential to academic life, while in the world of work, employers regularly look for candidates who can demonstrate the ability to prioritise a heavy workload.

From organising studies and arrangements with friends to making plans to set up a business, the resources below help to get organised. 

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Beyond: Stay on task and avoid distractions

Designed for teaching teenagers, in this life skills video and activity to accompany the six-level course Beyond, students focus on how to organise themselves and stay on task at home and in class. 

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Open Mind: Time management quiz

When it comes to getting organised one thing that can help  students is to look at how they manage their time. Try this quiz from Open Mind, our  latest adult course with built-in life skills syllabus.
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In Company 3.0: Managing meetings

In  business, managing your meetings is key to getting organised. Taken from In Company 3.0, this lesson gives  tips on how to chair a meeting for optimum results, as well as providing useful  expressions. 

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Lesson: Organising your work space

Are you an organised person? Do you keep a tidy office or study space? In this lesson students look at different organisational tools and reflect on how they can organise their day-to-day life in a better way.

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For Fun: Post-it Puzzle

Using the diary as a guide, can you rearrange the post-it notes in this brain teaser to figure out the order for each task in the to-do list? As an extension activity, students discuss and plan in class how to prioritise the different tasks.

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Video Interview: Chris Hadfield

We talked to Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the  International Space Station, about his experiences and which life skills have  been essential for him to survive both up in space and back down here on Earth. Watch parts 1 and 2 of the interview on our YouTube channel:

Read more about his experiences in his book, an Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Lesson: Get Organised

Are you a hoarder? Most of us admit we could be more organised. This lesson by Rob Nicholas looks at the problems people face getting organised and offers some possible solutions through activities you can use in class or as homework.

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Lesson: Organising Your Studies

Getting organised can help students plan and extract  essential information, prepare useful and meaningful answers and feel more  confident about their exams.

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For Fun: Wordsearch Puzzle

Can you find the 14 life skills hidden in the puzzle? Try this when you next have a coffee break. Or use as an extra for early finishers in your next class.

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For Fun: Wordworm Puzzle

Can you find all 12 words related to organisational tools hidden  in the grid? The continuous line can go through each letter only once -  horizontal and vertical only.

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Opening a Hotel

Any hotel has the potential to provide either good service or bad service. What are the personal factors that make us rate one set of skills above another: is it just the words we use, or are other skills needed?

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Making Arrangements

So much to do, so little time! Deciding what we can fit into our day or week is often a struggle. This lesson helps students practice making arrangements with their classmates, developing life skills such as time management and prioritisation.

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