Wednesday, May 4, 2011

On Scheduling

Ah, the dreaded to-do list.

No one likes a to-do list. They always sound so aggressive, and mean. No one ever wants to actually follow through with one. How many times have you made a to-do list, gone two or three items down the list, and seen an item that you couldn't possibly do in the allotted time, only to give up and feel depressed for failing to be proactive? Maybe that's just me.

The solution, though is very simple: flexible schedules. As one of the masters of college scheduling, Cal Newport, would tell you, being an efficient student is all about ritual and habit.

My though goes along this line personally: If you're going to start a new to-do list, be prepared to keep doing them. find something you can't "do" today? Skip it. I know this must sound elementary, but I have personally failed to do whole to-do lists just from ignoring this simple rule.

Organizing your to-do list is also pretty important. make sure you organize things by importance and due date. Don't put things off--that's a sure way to double your future to-do list size.

10 comments:

  1. "find something you can't "do" today? Skip it. I know this must sound elementary, but I have personally failed to do whole to-do lists just from ignoring this simple rule."

    Oh I know this feeling >:-( so annoyed with myself when this happens!

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  2. The amount of times I've sat for ages writing to-do list and never followed them through fully is too many.

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  3. I would make a to do list, hell, Ill put it on my to do list!

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  4. Yeah I know this problem hehe being a messy guy myself I always struggle with scheduling.

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  5. When I have a lot of things to do, I write them all, and decide which one is more important than the other.

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  6. Every time I try to make a to do list I end up never using it. haha

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  7. I always make a to-do list or I'll totally forget to do something. I'm very absent minded.

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  8. regarding my previous comment.... I won't fall into that trap again!

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  9. I'm more of a do things as they appear guy.

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