List It And Get It Done
Have you noticed lately the many articles on social media websites that use lists: “10 things to improve your life” or “7 life hacks you can’t live without.”
Our minds tend to work from lists. For me, personally, if it’s not on a list, there is a bigger chance I will not complete the task. This stems from my visual learning I talked about in a previous post.
List-making is easy and effective, and it will help with organization through your semesters at school. Some students use their smartphones, a calendar, scraps of paper, or other materials to stay organized. Once you find the best way to track your schedule, everything else will fall into place.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Plan Your Semester
Before your semester starts, gather as many syllabuses as you can find on the angelo.edu website and write down test dates, project due dates and the final exam schedule on your calendar. Also write in all major events you have going on in that semester. Sixteen weeks is a long time, but when you’re a college student 16 weeks is nothing.
Plan Your Month
Schedule in all events, school, work and fun time. Narrowing down your schedule to one month makes the semester less stressful. You’ll be able to focus on the now, and you don’t have the idea of finals weighing on your shoulders during week 3.
Plan Your Week
Week-planning is goal-oriented. Professors are good about giving you the class schedule for the week. I personally was able to get a week’s worth of homework done in about four days, leaving me with three days worth of extra time. Time management is most effective when you can see the hours in a day. Once you have your work schedule and class times written down, you can fill in the rest with study time, exercise, fun and gatherings.
Plan Your Day
A daily to-do list can also be very helpful. This list can be made in class on a quick piece of paper or in your phone. Daily goals are easy to accomplish and keep you ahead on all school work. For myself, I have a laminated paper with all my classes and work typed on it, I use a dry erase marker to write down all my work for each class.
Whiteboards or chalkboards are great to keep in your room. I use a whiteboard in my room to write down quick things I need to do, like clean the house or pay bills. I also used it to study problems for math, music and my Spanish class.
List-making is a part of life nowadays, with technology and our information-run society. Success is done in steps — use a list to outline those steps.