Your Guide to Task Management
Did you know that October 30th is National Checklist Day? In that spirit, I would like to share some of my best tips for task and time management so that you can stay productive within your chapter and association all year long.
Choose your medium:
With technological advancements, there are more ways than ever to keep track of your tasks. Apps and websites will help you manage your to-do items, sometimes incorporating useful calendars. Personally, I like to use a pen-and-paper planner. Alternatively, you can combine the two methods: keep a running to-do list on paper throughout the day and then consolidate later through technology. No matter what medium you choose to manage your tasks, it is important to stay organized so you can maximize your productivity.
One of the key factors when it comes to task management is prioritizing what you should accomplish first. There are a few factors you can use to accomplish this:
- Organize your tasks by the due date. This will ensure you never miss a deadline.
- Categorize your tasks by extracurricular or subject.
If you use a pen and paper, color coding works great for this, allowing you to see what needs to get done for different areas of your life.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of task management is finding the time to get everything accomplished. The best method for organizing your time is through a “zero-sum schedule”. A zero-sum schedule involves listing all of your commitments for the day, starting with what matters most first (think classes, jobs, sports, etc.). Next, fill in time for meals and travel. Finally, take a look at your task list that you made earlier and fill in your schedule with your highest priority tasks. Don’t forget to also schedule time to relax and spend time with friends! This way, you can have every moment of your day accounted for.
Hopefully, you find these tips helpful in managing DECA, school, sports and the many other stressors that can affect you throughout the academic year. No matter what you choose to do to help you accomplish tasks, remember to have fun with it. And if you schedule some time to practice your competitive events, I’ll see you at ICDC!