Are you overwhelmed with way to much work/study during finals? Ever waited too late to start a big project? Have a week in which there just isn’t enough time to do everything you need to do?
All of these can be fixed by properly using a very simple tool. The humble calendar. When used regularly and well, it prevents you from ever ending up with too much work and not enough week.
The perfect calendar? First and foremost, the perfect calendar is one you will actually use! It doesn’t matter how fancy, detailed, attractive, or expensive a calendar or day timer is, if you don’t have it when you need it, it’s no good!
I personally go for cheap but effective. At the beginning of each semester, I print out a calendar from a site such as this one, and fill it out for the coming semester. I usually punch holes in it, put it in my binder or a left over folder. Then I use it!
- Exam and project due dates from your course syllabi as you get them
- Holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Festivus
- Special events, such as the Spring Formal or Dead Week
- Anything that will take extra time, like crunch week at the place where you work, or that one week in April when three of your immediate family members have a birthday. Nothing should catch you by surprise.
Then I make sure to check it and update it once a day at least! I have to put it somewhere where I can’t avoid it, like over my computer keyboard are on the mirror above my bathroom sink.
I don’t, however, carry the calendar around with me. That’s where my daily to-do list comes in. More on that later.