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Why keeping an agenda is beneficial

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Don’t know the due date? Got a scheduling conflict? Where is your meeting place?

Perhaps, all of your problems can be solved if you had an agenda. It can help you become more organized, have better time management skills, and help decrease procrastination. You can certainly use your mobile device as your agenda, but having that good ‘ol pen and paper may be more efficient for some students. Besides, your student association, CCSAI, provides yearly student agendas for free.

Organization

Keep a copy of your timetable in your agenda. List all of your assignments, including their due dates. Also, list your other tasks and schedule, perhaps for work or personal events. Having one place of organization can help you see things clearer, which will enable you to plan your time better and keep things organized.

Things to do: Once you get an assignment, make sure to note it on your agenda. Write it on the date assigned, so you can look back at what happened that day and know which things need to be completed and when. Additionally, write it on the due date, stating that it is due, so when you skim ahead in your agenda for things to do, this will alert you.

Things not to do: Failing to write important information such as the due date and the title of the assignment can cause confusion. For example, writing that an assignment is due for once course is not helpful when you may have multiple assignments for that one class. Also, you cannot ignore your agenda --- it will only work if you check it regularly and know the tasks you need to complete!

Time management

Organization can lead to good time management. Once you know your tasks, you can set time aside to complete them. Also, you can omit overbooking yourself and have a good work-life-school balance.

Things to do: Allocate some time before a test or major assignment, so you can complete it. This may be done by setting your priorities and setting up sift deadlines before the submission date, booking off work ahead of time, or not taking on more unnecessary tasks.

Things not to do: Don’t take extra work you can’t handle. Sometimes, this may be an extra shift at work, or committing to a task you likely can’t complete. Most of all, set up some time to complete your tasks early, instead of doing them in the last minute.

Procrastination

While there are other things to be done, keeping an agenda is one step in helping you eliminate procrastination. You can break your task into smaller tasks and create a timeline of when each is due. This will help you to be less overwhelmed and more confident that you can accomplish your work.

Things to do: After writing the assignment on the date assigned and on the due date, write the tasks that need to be completed between those dates. This can include research, group meetings, initial write-up, writing process, and proofreading.

Things not to do: Don’t diverge out of your schedule. Smaller tasks can help ease you off the huge load of work, so complete them timely. Furthermore, when breaking down tasks, make sure divide the work wisely, knowing all the tasks to be completed and leaving you some leeway for unanticipated commitments.

Keeping an agenda will help you work more effectively and efficiently. In turn, this can help you get better grades and complete your personal, school, and career goals. Attend orientation or visit the CCSAI office in your campus to get your Centennial agenda.