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How to Manage your To-Do List

Between school, work, and other responsibilities, a to-do list can become long and overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be if you take these steps.

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Step One: Write down everything you need to do for the week.

Assignments

Quizzes, Exams, etc.

Discussion Boards

Group Projects

Read/Study Time

Wash Dishes

Do Laundry

Clean the House

Go Buy Groceries

Exercise

Sleep

Family Responsibilities

Work Responsibilities

Step Two: Organize your tasks into categories.

School

Assignments

Quizzes, Exams, etc.

Discussion Boards

Group Projects

Read/Study Time

Around the Home

Wash Dishes

Do Laundry

Clean the House

Go Buy Groceries

Exercise

Work out each day

Sleep

Try to sleep around 8 hours each day

Family

Complete family responsibilities

Work

Complete work responsibilities

Step Three: Determine how long each of the tasks will take you to complete each week.

Step Four: Recognize due dates for tasks that have a set due date and set goals for tasks that do not have an official due date.

Step Five: Look at your calendar.

On Monday you might have work from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., class assignments to work on, a quiz to study for, and exercise to complete. You may have some open time throughout the day, so plan to fill those gaps with specific to-do list items.

Start the Day: 6:00 a.m.

Wake Up, Shower, and Get Ready

Eat Breakfast

Complete any Family Responsibilities

Complete any Around the Home Tasks

Work: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Complete Work Responsibilities

Eat Lunch

Family, Exercise and Around the Home: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wash Dishes

Do Laundry

Clean the House

Go Buy Groceries

Complete any Family Responsibilities

Work out

School: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Assignments

Quizzes, Exams, etc.

Discussion Boards

Group Projects

Read/Study Time

Sleep: 10:00 p.m.

By taking each of these steps you can maximize efficiency levels throughout your day by having a plan. You can also rest easy knowing that you will have time to get everything on your to-do list done. This process might take some time to get used to, but you can do this process daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. It is important to find out what works best for you and get into a good routine. A to-do list will keep you on track and can help you meet personal goals!

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