Are you struggling to keep up?
Have you forgotten an important deadline?
These are all symptoms of poor time management, which can be corrected with a prioritised to-do list. To-do lists can also change your life when dealing with multiple deadlines!
CREATING A TO-DO LIST
- Write down all the tasks you need to complete for the upcoming week or month
- If there are large tasks, break them down into smaller tasks
- Ideally a task or step should not take more than a few hours to complete
- It may be helpful to compile a to-do list per module you are registered for, or one for personal tasks, and one for college tasks. Try different approaches and see which works best for you
- Read through your list and allocate each task a priority rating
- If you find that majority of your tasks have been allocated as very high, redo your list with a realistic and critical eye, looking for what is really high priority, and what can be safely demoted to moderate or low priority
- Start making use of your list by working through the tasks in order of priority
- Once you’ve completed a task in full, tick it off or draw a line through it
- Once a day spend 10 minutes revising your list – adding anything new that has come up, reassigning priorities should things have changed etc