Staying organized is one of the most important things a college student can do. Papers, tests, meetings – as the semester moves along, things can really pick up. Make your to-do lists a little more fun with this easy and inexpensive DIY! With just a few materials, you’ll have a new dry erase To-Do list right on your desk.
What You’ll Do:
1) Remove the picture frame backing board (the cardboard part attached to the stand) from the frame. Using a pencil and the scrapbook paper, trace around the rectangular part of the backing board. Once you have the tracing, cut out the rectangle.
2) Now, place the glass front in the frame (wipe off any smudges first!). After, place in the scrapbook paper – the way that you would with a photograph. Then, put the backing board in place.
3) I decided to add a some studs to the corners, just for extra decorations.
4) Now, using dry erase markers, you can keep an easy to-do list right on your desk! Just wipe off the writing anytime you need an update!
What’s the first item on your To-Do list?
Making a to-do list is a great way to organize all the tasks you need to accomplish by a certain date. This can be a great tool to use when you want to relieve stress during midterms and finals. Here are some tips for making an effective to-do list:
1. Write Down Everything- Take a blank piece of paper and write down everything that comes to mind that you need to accomplish in the next day. Look through any syllabi, an agenda, cell phone calendar and compile a list of every task and any separate steps that need to be taken to completely finish an item that is due.
2. Prioritize- Take that overwhelming list and assign a priority to each task, in order to organize the list from high priority, something that needs to be done right away, to low priority, this is something that can be postponed or is a task that an item higher on the list needs to be completed before it can be worked on.
3. Tackle Tasks- Start knocking items off your list throughout the day. The key to completing and having the satisfaction of crossing the task off the to-do list is to not take breaks during the task until it is done. When taking a break during the day, take them between each task and not during.
Always remember if a task on the list was not reached during the day, don’t stress about it, there are only 24 hours in a day. Since lower priority items are at the bottom, they can just be placed on the to-do list for the next day. Hopefully these tips are helpful in making a successful to-do list and ultimately make life a little bit less stressful.
~ Chelsea M., RIT, To-Do List Queen
Everyone is guilty of it whether you are in college or not. It’s that pit in your stomach feeling– The inevitable cloud looming over your head. What is it?
There are many forms of procrastination and how you choose to waste time varies depending on your guilty pleasures. For me, the hours fly by when perusing random people’s Facebook photo albums.
I quickly learned this prevents me from completing important tasks on my to-do list. That’s when I had the revelation– If I’m going to procrastinate, why not at least do something productive. It’s time to change ideas into actions. Here are four ways to easily spend your time instead of wasting it:
• Network: Facebook and Twitter are fantastic for building your social network (and social calendar), but it can also be a great tool to advance your future as well. While on the sites, research potential companies that you would want to work for. “Like” or “follow” them and frequently look at their page or tweets for job announcements.
• Organize: Whether your room is a mess or your academic planner is busting at the seams, get organized. When things are in order, you’ll be ready to tackle your tasks confidently.
• Workout: In the words of Elle Woods, “Exercising gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” When you have the time, why not clear your mind, start fresh and feel rejuvenated?
• Clean: Yes, you heard right. Clean that bathroom you’ve put off scrubbing for three months. Hey, it might just give you the motivation to do your real work! No task will be worse than tackling that grime.