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Reasons to Make a To-Do List in College

Sunday, March 6, 2016
I used to be a one-day-at-a-time kind of girl. I never planned ahead and just faced the day head on. Whatever responsibilities I had that day, I faced without any sort of genuine preparation. Scented post-it notes, gorgeous planners, and multicolored pens never filled my entire desk. I kept all of my duties inside my head and only took them out at moment's notice.

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?

4. So you can avoid stressing out/panicking
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!
23 comments on "Reasons to Make a To-Do List in College"
  1. This is such a great post. I need to be more organized and start making them! Thanks for the info.

    Best,
    Alisha

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    1. Hi Alisha! Thanks, glad you liked this post.

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  2. I make to do lists everyday! I am almost obsessed with checking them off!

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    1. Hi Taylor! Yes, checking them off feels so satisfying!

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  3. I'm the type of person who needs this kind of to do list because I forget things easily. Thanks for the advice.

    xx
    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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  4. To do lists saved me so many times during final season and midterm exams crunch in college!
    I prefer shopping in person for home decor and I love an outing to Ikea for that!

    xoxo,
    Danai
    http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com

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    1. Aaah, I wish we had IKEA here! I keep browsing their catalog and I want everything there! x

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  5. Agree, agree, agree! Recently started to keep a to do checklist too and it helped me be more organised and have more time for me.
    Love, Lucy

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    1. Yay! Having time for yourself is great, Lucy! x

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  6. I always lived by to-do list but this past weekend I feel like they saved my life. I had like a million things to do and thought that I would never finish them. Writing a list and prioritising made my life SO much easier

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    1. Right? Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and you need to stop and organize your day. Glad making to-do lists helped you, Shanice!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I don't know what I'd do WITHOUT my to-do list! It keeps me on track for my day, week and month! I always have several going at once and they are such a great tool.

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  8. I'm so obsessed with making lists. It's actually bad haha

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    1. Haha, I can relate! Sometimes I make more than one of my to-do list!

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  9. I am a HUGE fan of to-do lists! I even include chores and little odds and ends, helps me plan out my time so much better!

    XO, Rachel
    www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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  10. So glad I found this post because I am a HUGE advocate of to-do lists! I make one every morning and I try to keep it organized. These are great tips! I knew I always liked making them, but never really took into account all the benefits :)

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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    1. Hi Cristina! Thanks! I make my to-do lists the night before, but I think I'll try making them in the morning. x

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  11. I live by to-do lists. I do them anyway, but I found that making them helped when I was ALREADY stressed--then I could cross stuff off and feel productive, mostly during finals weeks. :)

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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  12. Love this. I write down my to-do list each time I wake up.

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  13. Point 4 relates to me so well! I don't work well under stress so I prefer spreading out my work. Time-tabling is so important for me! Thanks for sharing :)

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