Time Management: The effective use of to-do lists

Time Management: The effective use of to-do lists

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

 

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