By Samantha Ward
As we are halfway through the semester, and finals are just around the corner, it seems that to do lists are piling higher and higher. I have always been a person that loves a to- do list, and I have always liked helping my students make to-do lists. However, after reading this article, I have begun changing the way I schedule my time. I have found that I am less stressed, less lazy, and have more free time whenever I use the tips described in this article.
Here are the 5 main points of the article:
- To Do lists are EVIL! Schedule everything.
It is not enough to simply make a list of all the things you need to get done. You must also schedule a specific TIME to get these tasks done. It helps you to get tasks done when it is most efficient, rather than just getting it done because it is #4 on your list.
- Assume you are getting all of your work done by a specific time, then plan your day backwards.
If you are giving yourself an entire day to get work done, you will spend the entire day to get your work done. Planning a set time to have everything done by will make you work better and more efficiently.
- Make a plan for the entire week.
If you are only thinking about today or tomorrow, you will never accomplish anything early. Make sure to look at the big picture when working out a schedule, and plan so that you have time to get everything done and have time for yourself.
- Do very few things, but be AWESOME at them!
Need to study for 5 tests, work 10 hours, make a collage for an art class, and watch at least 6 shows on Netflix? Great! Do all of those things, but don’t try to do all of them at once. Prioritize your work so that you can do your best work on everything instead of doing everything only partially.
- Less shallow work, focus on the deep stuff.
Don’t spend all of your time writing emails, checking Instagram, and planning your vacations. Those things need to get done, but can be saved for when you have an extra five or ten minutes on a study break. Focus on what is most important.
Scheduling your time and prioritizing everything can often seem like an insurmountable task (especially during midterms or finals) However, if you take the time to figure out what needs to be done and when, you will find that you can get much more done and be less stressed while doing it.