Most college students will shop for the most inexpensive notebooks, paper, and pens just to save money. However, if you purchase higher-quality school materials you’ll find that you’ll enjoy completing your class work more since you appreciate using the tools you bought for yourself.
Better school supplies for your homework assignments and projects can make getting into the work groove much more effortless. Just the thought of getting to write with your new gel pen can make it easier to start doing your work since you can accomplish it with a pen you just love to use. For example, I have a gigantic semester calendar that I store all my reminders in and form my daily schedules with. I love the space it offers and I look forward to using it to organize all my daily activities. I’m very happy I made the investment in the calendar because I want to use it which encourages me to use it frequently.
Finally, spending some extra cash on your supplies makes them more valuable and less dispensable to you. “I have all these cheap binders I don’t need to nor do I want to organize my school supplies” turns into “I bought those nice dividers and two pocket binder…I should organize and review my things.”
David Allen, the father of getting things done, encourages developing a filing system that you enjoy to use. If you enjoy using the system (or school item) it encourages the frequency you use it and thus makes it more valuable to you.
The next time you’re doing back to school shopping, consider investing a little more into higher quality supplies that you’ll actually like to use. Making schoolwork more satisfying and fun goes a long way for getting you to start assignments and consistently get your work done.