Why You Need to Make a College To-Do List

College can be a stressful and hectic place. With the pile of assignments and projects getting higher almost every second, it can be a challenge to organize your tasks while staying sane. There are plenty of ways to stay organized in college, but the best way is by making a to-do list or task planner. Here’s why: 

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 get ready to say goodbye to that perfect grade. One thing you can do is highlight your exam reminders in bright colors like yellow and orange.