So Much to Do, So Little Time: Why Schedules are Better Than To-do Lists

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Between classes, assignments, meetings and studying, it can feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. A common solution to this daily struggle is drafting a to-do list. Writing down everything you have to do that day or week can be extremely helpful, and it can definitely ensure you don’t forget to do anything. However, there’s a much better way to do productive scheduling.

If you block time out of your day for various tasks, then you’re more likely to get more done. For example, if you have a math exam you need to study for on Friday, then you could just add “study for math” on your to-do list. Then, when you finally get some free time, you very well could end up going grocery shopping or doing laundry or even just procrastinating instead of studying for your upcoming exam.

However, if you treat studying for the exam as a scheduled event you’re much more likely to actually do it. Scheduling a math study session on Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m. in the library is a much better option. You’re more likely to actually study and you won’t leave yourself cramming at the last minute.

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You can schedule non-academic activities, too. If you’re someone that puts off laundry way too much, use the calendar app on your phone to your advantage and get it done. Schedule laundry time on a given day at a given time and make sure you actually stick to it.

The most successful students, CEOs and just people in general always point to organization as a driver behind their success. They’re not just talking about having an organized room or backpack. It’s important to organize your time and stay on top of all of your obligations.

Then you can watch your work, school and even social life become even more successful. You’ll also most likely spend a lot less time procrastinating and gain some extra free time in the process. Not to mention how great it feels to be on top of things instead of drowning in a constant flood of things to do.


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