There are 168 hours in a week and if you sleep 8 hours a day and dedicate at least 40 hours week to school, then that leaves you with 112 hours a week to do something amazing with! Having a plan each week and a schedule can help maximize that extra time and allow you to do everything you want an need.
Listing is a great way to organize your tasks for the day. Listing assigns priority to your to-do list, and when done correctly, improves your chances of success. Lists should tell you what your most important priority is and lead you to accomplishing a goal.
Basics of Listing:
Put your highest priority (Stretch Goal) at the top of the list!
Break your priority down into 4 or 5 goals, or tasks.
The best to-do lists remind us what to do next, rather than make us feel good about checking off a box. Your energy and excitement are maintained because it reminds us of our greater ambition and has brought us closer to attaining it.
Planning Down Time
Rest is necessary to keeping productivity up. Continuous work, without breaks, uses up all the brain’s energy, leaving you mentally sluggish and foggy.
Take Smart Breaks: Plan in breaks to rejuvenate your mind-power. The Pomodoro technique has been proven to help increase productivity. To use the Pomodoro technique, you perform a given activity for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. Repeat four times in a row and then take an extended long break, 10-15 minutes.
Plan Reflection Time: Analyze what worked, what didn’t work, what you enjoyed, and what you disliked during the day. This can help you plan better in the future.