Sometimes when I have a lot of work, I tend to get so overwhelmed with the thoughts of all the things I have to do, that I don’t even know where to begin. It can be extremely stressful to have deadlines and projects crowding your mind, which can make you feel like you you are losing control because of how overburdened you are with tasks to complete.
Keeping a To-Do List guides you in your approach to work, puts the work into context, which helps you to decide what is most important and gives you a starting point for deciding on deadlines. Break up tasks into different categories; such as school and miscellaneous work, and make each of your classes its own group.
- Write down EVERYTHING you have to do within each category. If the tasks are large, break them down into manageable smaller components.
- Prioritize. Put most important tasks first, and write down deadlines for things like projects and papers.
- Write down the little things. When I put minuscule tasks like ‘brush teeth and wash face’ I can have the satisfaction of crossing things off my list which makes me feel like I am accomplishing a lot.
So get started! Take a minute, and grab a pen and a piece of paper and start working on that To Do List and your head will be feeling clearer in no time.