Making a Task List

Making a weekly schedule helps students.
Kenyon Beebehiser, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Students are helped when it comes to managing their time if they make a weekly schedule of what study tasks need to be done by what time and what day. I do a daily schedule, but a weekly one would probably be more helpful.

Estimating, to maintain a "sanity" zone as far as time goes will be critical and hard to guess. You don't know how long you should spend on each subject or issue so that you won't get bored and lose interest.

The different parts of making a task list
John Carroll, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I think listing and consulting are the easy tasks. I agree with them that estimating is a hard one. Usually when your a student there's many different projects at once and they all take a variety of time and energy. When I finally have a feel for the time it takes on certain project, I'm usually about done and starting a new one. Prioritizing is not to hard to do, except when procrastination comes. I have used to A-B-C method in the past when prioritizing, it works well.

Making a task list organizes you.
Jennifer Legat, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

It was all so very helpful. It organizes your time in three easy steps (plus one I added):

  • List
  • Estimate
  • Prioritize
  • Get The Job Done
The importance of prioritizing and estimating time when making a task list.
Yvonne Maller, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

As most people who make a task list, I tend to just do the first step, i.e., jot down things I need to do and the deadlines, and that's where I stop. I don't take the time to do the second step-- estimate how long it will take me to do each task. As far as the third step (prioritize), I try to make my list in the order of importance and urgency. Things that need to be done immediately are at the top of my list, and the important things with a longer timeline follow. I usually list tasks that need to be done within a few days and check them off as soon as they are completed. If the list has only a few things left to do and there are new items to be added, I redo the list and prioritize all the items. The long- range tasks change or no longer need to be done. I think I'll give it a try and next time I do my task list, I'll estimate the amount of time needed. The important thing is to keep in mind it usually takes longer to do a task than initially estimated. So when the week is especially packed with urgent projects, that time estimate should help me plan more effectively.

Benefits of mastering making task lists
Michael Davidson, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

If you master the art of making a task list you will benefit in many different ways. You will be less likely to forget minor tasks, you may procrastinate less, and you will have both a short and long range view of the work coming up.

The steps of making a task list
Alison Ludviksen, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

  • List what is most important to least important at least once a week.
  • Estimate your time required to do the task.
  • Prioritize.
  • Consult -- ASK FOR HELP!
The Importants of Making a Task List
Mariam Avagyan, College Freshman
Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA

This is a very helpful article. It helps you to stay organized in what you do. Making a task list is important to have a productive time. 1. Listing: Writing down your tasks will help you remember what you have to do. 2. Estimating: This is the hardest step for making a task list, but it is really important. With out guessing time, you might not finish what you need to do. 3. Prioritize: Prioritizing is really helpful to get important work done and it is very easy. It is listing the most important things in order. 4. Consult: Ask someone to help if you need help. If you do all of these steps, you can save time, procrastinate less, and have productive day.

Task lists help me stay organized
Tara Brock, College Junior
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

For me the first step to success is organization. Once I know what I need to do I make a list of everything that needs to be done.

Throughout my task list I prioritize what needs to be done first and schedule accordingly. I think this a very good idea for school work when you have to juggle work, school and family. Often times I can become so busy I may forget what needs to be done if its not on my task list.

This article was a big reminder of why task lists can be a great part of being successful not only in school but in life as well.

Task lists help me stay organized
Tara Brock, College Junior
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

I think this article is great in demonstrating how task lists can help you stay organized and be successful. I have always believed that to be successful you must stay organized. I will be using this technique to help me with managing my time and balancing work, school and my family.

How making a task list helped me
Jessica Joseph, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

Making task lists are very helpful for me as it does just what this resource says. It helps you to prioritize what you need to get done.

There are 3 simple steps to this process; List, Estimate, and Prioritize. if you follow these steps you, like myself will be able to get all that you need to get done completed in a timely manner without forgetting something!

Time Management-Task List
Susie Jordan
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I tend to have a very full calendar as a full-time working, full-time student, full-time mom. I have added all of my assignment due dates into my calendar, but often find it overwhelming to look at.

When I saw the "Making a Task List" on the time management site review, it was like a light bulb went off in my head! Task lists are precisely what I need to help organize and prioritize my academic tasks. I tend to enjoy making lists and I love the idea of beginning each academic week with a new list. I enjoy writing things down, as it gives me a greater connection. I was grateful for the suggestion of the "sanity zone" to help ensure that you have the proper amount of time allotted.It would help alleviate the stress and pressure of not having enough time.

I went a step above and beyond with my list and used highlighters to give each class it's own color to help me clearly see which task is for what class. I also chose not to include any other tasks on my list. This is purely an academic list, I have other calendars and reminders for all of the other things in my life.

The suggestions and support that I feel that I received from reading the task list was just what I needed as life was starting to feel a little overwhelming at the close of week 3. I feel like it is all more manageable and that I will be more prepared moving forward.


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