After the release of my post about procrastination (where I create a 30 day challenge to kill bad habits), me and my girlfriend read it together. She had a coupe of questions related the to-do list that made me start writing this post. What should I put in my to-do list? How can I know how long do I take to complete a chore? Basically she has a tough time managing her time while she’s studying.
It’s a very good topic for a blog post because is a topic that every single student of any discipline has to face. I have been a student for a long time now but I just started paying attention to this topic a few years ago, while doing my bachelor’s degree. A student has to be very time efficient so knowing where and how you spend your time is very important. The less time you spend studying, the more time you have to enjoy and live life.
1. Read task description and understand what you need to do.
- Get the general picture
- Get information like deadlines, structure and expectations.
- Ask for a clear task description, always written down.
2. Discuss the task with colleges or teachers.
- Keep in touch with teachers and your colleges by discussing ideas, data or the subject in general.
- Make sure you are on the right track
3. Divide task into small chunks
- After understanding the task you should have more or less a good idea about the thing you need to do.
- Write down the time you think you need to complete the chuck.
4. Create a calender with gateways and deadlines.
- Already defined or weekly gateways.
- Use excel or other tools to keep organized.
5. Put the chunks in your to do list
- When you do the task, keep track of the time it takes to complete it and compare the time with the one you define when you created the chunk.