As of today, there are nine days left until I graduate college with my second degree. I am eager and excited, but I am also extremely stressed (as most college students are at this time in the year).
Throughout my life, planning has always eased my stress. Making lists of what I need to accomplish allows me to organize the madness of life; the feeling of crossing an item off of my list is fulfilling. I have kept a planner since I was in elementary school and as an adult, I now keep two. One planner is for school and work, while the other is for my home. As I transition into post-graduate life, I will continue to have two: one for work and one for my home. Find cute and effective planners here.
Below, I will share my to-do list (in full) of everything that I must accomplish between today and May 13, 2017. Typically, I break down my lists by day, but for the sake of brevity I will break them into categories only and combine all nine days. Some tasks are daily, while others are weekly.
To-Do List: 5/4/17 – 5.13.17
Class Schedule: COM 498 from 12 PM to 1 PM M,W,F. COM 412 from 1 PM to 2 PM M,W,F. Other courses – online.
COM 498: Update portfolio. Portfolio presentation at noon on 5/5/17.
REL 320: 1,500 word paper due on 5/8/17 (final exam)
COM 410: Complete Blog #7, Chapter 13 quiz this week. Take final exam next week (5/8/17 – 5/12/17)
COM 412: Final In-Depth Photo Package: 10 – 15 photos and captions, due 5/9/17
COM 470: No work – course complete!
COM 360 C: No work – course complete!
For the “school” category, I like to group tasks out by class. Adding the due dates and arranging assignments by what is due from next to last gives me a more efficient way of completing my work.
Monday: 10 AM to 12 PM (Housing and Residence Life)
Tuesday: 8 AM to 11 AM, 12 PM to 5 PM (Housing and Residence Life)
Wednesday: 5 PM to 9 PM (USA TODAY College Internship)
Thursday: 9 AM to 11 AM, 3 PM to 5 PM (Housing and Residence Life)
Friday: 8 AM to 12 PM, 3 PM to 5 PM (Housing and Residence Life)
Saturday: 2 PM to 6 PM (USA TODAY College Internship)
I make separate lists at the beginning of every shift to map out what I must accomplish each day.
Kitchen: Do dishes (daily), clean counters and cabinets (daily), sweep floor (daily), mop floor
Living room & music room: Vacuum, dust
Spare bedrooms: Vacuum, dust
My bedroom: Tidy up, vacuum, dust
Laundry room: Wash towels, whites, and colors, fold clean laundry
Bathrooms: Clean toilets, sinks, shower, sweep floor, mop floor
Mow lawn, water flowers (daily), hook up sprinklers, water grass (every other day), brush dog (daily)
I also like to include which bills are due on certain dates and their amounts. For the sake of privacy, I have not included these listings in this blog.
Other/Misc. (Graduation Prep)
Meet with Dean of College of Fine Arts, exit interview, order tickets for Honors Convocation on 5/8/17, attend Honors Convocation before graduation on 5/13/17, graduation at 10 AM on 5/13/17, graduation party at 7 PM on 5/13/17
This method of organization helps me achieve my goals and prioritize my time. I hope that seeing an example helps you find peace of mind in stressful times, as well!