Let me ask you a question: Do you know everything that you need to do for the rest of this week?
Here’s another: Are you sure about that?
So often, speaking for myself of course, it’s easy to feel like everything is perfectly under control. When the weekend comes along and I have everything done… or not. Suddenly I remember the Psychology test that I have to study for, the Spanish homework that I haven’t touched, and the English paper I still need to write. Don’t even get me started on all of the personal things I had planned to do throughout the week.
“Write things down in a day planner.” People told me. The problem with that is, I would have to get myself in the habit of actually writing down everything I have to do… then I’d have to remember to check the day planner everyday (if not more frequent). Maybe for a so-called “normal person” it wouldn’t be difficult, but I consider one of my many talents to be losing things (my other talent is forgetting… wait, what were we talking about?).
Others say, “Buy a wall calendar.” Sure, that works. It can be kept open in a place where you won’t forget about it. Plus, you can’t lose it! But, you only get a little bit of space to write everything that you need to do down. Unfortunately, some of us don’t write small enough to fit everything into the tiny box.
My solution? Sticky notes! The thing about sticky notes is they can go anywhere, which is great if you need to be reminded more than once. Plus, you can make sticky notes for everything you need to do, from writing your big English paper, to remembering to print out said English paper. Plus, sticky notes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, which can be used to help you organize and prioritize. If nothing else, it adds a splash of color to your room (and potentially your entire home).
The way I do it, each task gets its own sticky note (i.e. Write paper, edit paper, study for Spanish test, study for psych test, etc.), each class has a different color (English is pink, Psychology is green, personal tasks in orange, etc). I then line them up on my wall and as I go about my day I am reminded of what I need to do by the wall of colors. As each task is completed, I take down another sticky note, if I have a new task to complete, I add on to it.
Also, depending on where you shop, sticky notes are relatively inexpensive.
Over all, I have found that sticky notes are an excellent way to keep myself on track with what needs to get done. If you are looking for a good way to schedule yourself, give sticky notes a try!