Most people need a tool to help them stay on track and manage time well. Very few people can stay organized without a device of some sort that stores appointments and sends reminders. But we're all different, and some students like simple tools while others prefer gizmos with pop-up reminders and alarms.
It doesn't matter which tool you use. It's just a good idea to use some tool!
Find one that fits your personality and style. You'll be amazed at the freedom that comes from getting organized with a good tool.
This is one of those simple tools that anybody can use with supplies that you can find around the house. In fact, the task list consists of a pen and a paper tablet. But you'd be amazed at the power this simple organization tool provides you! You simply write down every task that you want to complete on a single day, and cross them off as you progress. Any tasks that are left undone (or those that can't be completed) are carried over to the next day.
Who doesn't have a cell phone with a calendar these days?
When you have an assignment that is due on a regular basis, like a journal entry that is due on over Monday, you should put this assignment in your cell phone calendar and set up an alarm that goes off the day before your task is due. This is a great way to make sure that you never forget those repeating tasks.
The LazyMeter is an online tool that does the same job as the daily task list. You enter all your tasks into the LazyMeter and check off each task as it is completed. This tool allows you to add notes and reminders to each task, and carry them over to a future date when necessary. It's a great tool for techie students who prefer to use technology for reminders.
Google has lots of tools to make homework easier--and easier to remember. The Gmail account is connected to other tools, like Google Docs and Google Calendar, that will keep you on track and organized. You can set up reminders when those big assignments are due, and you can even have those reminders sent to multiple people.
- If you want or need to keep parents informed about asignment due dates, you can send them a reminder along with your own.
- If you're working on a group project, you can send and receive reminders, and check on each other's work through Google Docs.
Most students own planners at some point. But owning a planner won't keep you organized and on time. You have to know how to use the planner effectively.
- You should come up with a color-coded system for marking days when tests will occur. Use red for test day, for example, but also use yellow stickers as a warning sticker, of sorts--to mark your calendar about three days before a test.
- Don't throw away old pages! You'll find yourself looking back over old pages with important information, like phone numbers and assignment page numbers. You never know what you'll need at the end of the term, when reviewing for a final.
You can use Microsoft Excel to generate colorful depictions of your progress. Learn to make a chart to track grades, points, pages, or any activity. Charts make a vivid display that can serve to motivate you into action!
It is so easy to make goals and forget about them. We're all human!
You can use a goal tracker to stay on track with your goals and make yourself proud. A goal tracker is just a simple grid that contains space for you to write down your long-term and short-term goals. Simply place a check in the appropriate box as you go--and watch those goals become achievements!
This is another simple but very effective time management tool. The big wall calendar should be placed on a prominent place on your wall. Use color coded markers or stickers to mark important dates or events. You'll never forget an assignment!