So I’ve officially been to all of my classes at least once.. and by next week I have a few readings, a stats assignment, and a paper. After my class earlier, thought how I should provide tips on proper planning…
I’m a lists person that likes to check things off so I know that I’ve been successful at completing tasks.. but I’ve also had tendecies of procrastination.. which over the past year has slowly diminished for I realized how it hurts you in the end – you have rushed to work on something and by the time complete you are drained. With having a few night classes, I have to truly manage my time so that me and the girls have quality time. As well I have non-course tasks that need to be tackled in appropriate timing.
So something I’ve been doing which helps tremendously(as long as I stick to it) is to break my main tasks into smaller tasks. I have 3 main lists which are my Monthly Goals, Weekly Goals, and Daily Goals. At the beginning of the month I think about what I’d like to tackle for the month, then each week I focus on tasks that will aide in fulfilling the monthly goal. Each day I try to tackle one of those tasks… IMPORTANT — don’t beat yourself up if a task doesn’t get accomplished for there is always the next day.
So how can proper planning and making smaller tasks help you being successful in college/school? I just take the assignment and break it into smaller tasks. For example, I have to earn a training certificate by mid-September. In order to earn the certificate you have to read modules, take a quiz and submit scores. I took these as my mini-tasks and will knock them out until the assignment is complete and not RUSH.
Do you have special methods you utilize when planning?