More than just writing things down and crossing them off when done, making a task list – and using it effectively – can help you:
Choose a medium that’s customizable and works for you. You may need to try a few to find the right fit. Popular ones are:
Break down large projects and assignments into smaller tasks that can be completed within two hours or less. Benefits include:
Estimating how long study tasks will take is one of the few ways of getting a realistic picture of how much work you really have to do.
Prioritizing helps you to weigh the importance of each item on the task list, and to make a conscious, thoughtful decision about what to do when.
This is particularly important when you have several deadlines in the same week. Decide which tasks are most important to do first and number them in rank order.
Factors to consider include:
Use the Library’s Mark Calculator to help you weigh the importance of an assignment or test.
Students have consistently reported that the task list is the single most effective time planning tool they have tried. Here are some ways to fine tune your task list:
1. Be flexible
2. Schedule time for scheduling
3. Check off items as you accomplish them
4. Keep track of items that you repeatedly put off
5. Include information needed to complete the task when you make the list, such as page or phone numbers
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