Hey counselor bff!
I just wanted to pop into this blog post really quick to share with you a resource I created for myself to maximize my to-do list. Now, my to-do list game is strong. However, sometimes instead of feeling productive, my to-do list makes me feel super overwhelmed. Additionally, this past week, I taught on time management to my students and it got me thinking of ways to maximize my time better as well. So here is what has been working for me.
Read The One Thing
If you have not read this book, go do it now. I have talked about this book in previous blog posts and it is because it is that good. Seriously changed the way I think about my time management and my to-do list.
The whole idea behind this book is to only focus on one thing. Sounds trivial, but you’d be surprised with how much time you are wasting by “multi-tasking.” Which, by the way, has been proven to waste more time than it saves!
Ain’t nobody got time to waste!
Do a brain drain each morning / night before
This is my secret sauce to getting all of my thoughts and anxieties and stressors out of my tired brain and on paper. No need to waste energy trying to recall important items or things that I need to get accomplished for the day.
The method is to write eeevveerryyyttthhaannngg down that needs to get done. From feeding the dog, to picking up mail, emailing that one parent, and remembering to bring your lunch. Get that bad boy down on paper.
Come up with one thing to accomplish per week
Now to put the one thing and brain drain together, you have to pick one thing you want to accomplish for the week! Yup, I said it! One thing. Think about one task (try to choose something that has been on your to-do list for weeks) that you need to get done ASAP. Just one. Then each day, you break down the thing into the mini-tasks to accomplish throughout the week! *Put this in the “TOT (the one thing)” section each day!
Need help? Download my Weekly Brain Drain! I have 2 sizes –
(for those crrraazzyyy weeks).
I love using the half letter in my kikki.k large planner! I cut it in half with my cutter machine I picked up from Target and then I simply whole punch to size. To have this sheet for easy use, I cut slits where it is hole punched so I can pull it out and pop it back in my planner without having to fuss with opening the rings!
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to maximize your to-do list to actually get things done! How are you maximizing your time this school year? Connect with me on social media @collegecounselortraci and let me know!
Until next time!
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