The Power of Planning for Productivity

By: Kailey Gaffikin

For college students, a new year brings a semester full of updated schedules, approaching deadlines and never-ending assignments. All of this information overload at once can be overwhelming for some and exciting for others. However, a common question presents itself during any new transition in life.

As a college student venturing into a new semester full of deadlines with classes, internships and jobs, you may ask yourself, “Where do I start?”

The simple answer: plan ahead.

The first matter of business is to make a priorities list, which outlines the most urgent deadlines that require your attendance and participation. Some of these deadlines may be recurring whereas others may only occur once. It is crucial to make a list to map everything out onto paper since it is easy to accidentally forget a schedule full of new deadlines.

Once you have your list written, your next step is to outline the main goals for what you want to achieve out of this new schedule. Find time to prioritize any extracurriculars and self-care activities to implement within your schedule. Setting goals is a great way to remind yourself of the reason behind why your deadlines are important to you and what you want to achieve out of your new schedule.

Finally, use a planner to write out your deadlines ahead of time on a monthly basis. This is a great tool to use to your advantage. It provides a road map for you to look at when you feel scatterbrained or to serve as a reminder for certain deadlines that may of slipped your mind.

Once your planning guide is complete, you are on your way to increasing your productivity. Planning is an outlet to use at school, in the workplace and in life. When planning ahead of time, you’ll know what to expect, when to expect it and how to prepare for what you need to meet your goals and succeed to your fullest potential.  

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