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Deadlines suck but they’re here to stay

Posted By: admin Posted On 4 Aug 2015

Deadlines suck.

The worst part about it is, as college students, we have 50 different deadlines for 50 different people, who do not care that you already have another one or two or three deadlines on that same day.

Unfortunately, I do not think they will be going out of style anytime soon so we have to adapt and get better at meeting them. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help you get organized and never (or rarely) miss a deadline again.

Do a mindsweep.

Write down everything you have to do. Don’t filter the list or try to organize it yet. Just write it all down, and then organize it later.

Create categories, such as “Phone, Internet, Work, School and Email.” Put the activities that you can do on your phone under phone. Write down the activities you can only do at work under work and so on and so forth.

Plan ahead.

At the beginning of each semester, collect your syllabi, get a huge calendar that you can hang on your wall in plain view, and in red ink, mark every deadline on that calendar. If it is a long deadline, such as a project or paper deadline, write reminders such as “Two weeks until portfolio is due.”

Use templates & online resources.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • http://www.coursehero.com
  • http://www.chegg.com
  • https://trello.com/
  • https://evernote.com/
  • https://bitly.com/
  • https://www.toggl.com/

Also, don’t overlook the power of Google calendars. It is a lifesaver!