A lot of the time, people can get mixed up and forgetful because of all the homework assignments they collect throughout the day. It can definitely get overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start in your planning. So, here are a few hints and example guidelines for organizing an otherwise crazy schedule. Your task is to do them!
1.Get a Calendar
Now, this could just be a blank journal you found, or you can go all out and get a fancy calendar from Staples. Unfortunately, not all of us have that budget (like me), so I resort to using journals gifted to me and make my own calendar day-to-day. Here is a picture of the calendar/journal I revolve my days around: 2. Organize it how you would like
Start with the date at the top. Then create a general checklist throughout the day, including everything you know you need to get done and then assignments I add from classes (include all the information from the classes on the checklist for good measure). Then once your classes are done, or whenever you think your checklist has been compiled, estimate next to each checklist how long each subject will take you. Reminder: this is just a guideline so you can really imagine the work you are going to have to put in - make sure to give yourself a little extra time in case you need it. If you want to go a step further, you can even categorize between school and life, or between "due today" rather than "get started today".
(Photo by Margrethe Vesth-Wiersholm)
3. Time it out
List your checklist in the levels of priority/importance. If there is a due date, write that down! Timing it out is optional, but can be very helpful if you have a lot to get done. Go through your day and estimate the time when you should accomplish, or start on, each task. If you need to just start a project, give yourself a little extra time just to get ahead. Whether 30 minutes or an hour, it depends on you. This way you know what you’ll be doing for the rest of the day.
4. Give yourself time to relax!
If you can, that is! No one ever got hurt by giving a little downtime to yourself. And if you’re super busy, it doesn’t have to be a long break - maybe just half an hour. No matter what, it’s important to give your brain and your stress a little rest.
5. The magic of highlighters!
Oh yeah, my favorite weapon of organization: highlighting! I always keep my set with me, whether for homework or for highlighting the different levels of priority on my “to-do list”. Highlighters are what bring the fun to any kind of planning or organization.
(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
There are so many different ways of planning, and ultimately it is completely up to you. So good luck and happy planning.