However, those were in my glorious high school days. College has proven itself to be something entirely different. Now, making daily to-do lists is essential. Here are the reasons why you should make one, too.
1. So you don't take on too much
Doing too many things to do at once will only overload you. Being able to visualize your to-dos will allow you to see the magnitude of your current obligations. Saying yes might give you more experience/opportunities, but remember that you're only human. You do not have to fill your calendar with responsibilities just to show the world that you're hardworking or determined. Sometimes, quality trumps quantity.
2. So you can squeeze in activities that actually make you happy
That tiny space in the tiny box of Wednesday will mean so much to you. Seeing a vacant box can be equal to winning the lottery, especially if your schedule feels like it's blowing up. Even though college is naturally stress-inducing, that does not mean you cannot find ways to de-stress. Fill that white space and go out with your girls or grab a coffee by yourself.
3. So you know your free times
Have too many things to do, and don't know when to do them? Planning your week (even month) ahead can help. By doing so, you will see the days which have free hours, which you can then use to do other things, slowly clearing up the rest of the week. You can also choose to procrastinate and do things that make you happy, but what's the point of making a to-do list/planner right?
If you don't have a planner/to-do list, you will probably forget half of the things that you're supposed to do. List them down so you don't forget, and so that you avoid panicking when you remember at the last minute that you have ten papers to write. That way, you can slowly check them off the list, spreading the stress throughout the month/week, instead of diving into the stress in one sitting.
5. So you don't miss anything
Trust me, you do not want to miss an exam or assignment in college. You only get one shot, and if you miss it, then goodbye to that perfect grade. I like to color the boxes in my planner with yellow whenever I have an exam that day.
Since I started making daily to-do lists and monthly planners, I've noticed that I have been able to spread out my tasks, minimizing the tension that builds when the days get closer to the deadlines. I can say with conviction that planning does help, not only for college kids, but for everyone. It trains you to become organized and to use your time wisely.
So go ahead and make yourself a to-do list or planner. I want to know how it goes for you. If you are making one, leave in the comments section below how planning ahead has helped you. Comments make me happy, and if you leave one, I'll check out your blog in return!