1. Start with the end goal:
What is the date of the exam? What is your home improvement project finish date?
2. Make a list of tasks:
Come up with a list of tasks needed to accomplish your goal. For exams, write a list of units or topics covered on the exam. Then make note of your study tools. For example, did the teacher provide a review sheet? Can you use the unit tests and quizzes to study? Can you use your study guides from each unit to prepare?
For home improvement projects, first mark down the project finish date. Make a list of tasks that make up the larger project. Write down how much time each task will take. And finally, put those tasks on the calendar.
The biggest struggles for not completing larger projects is overwhelm and not knowing how to start. By dividing up your task into smaller pieces, you have overcome one of the biggest hurdles - knowing what to do and when to do it!
3. Fill out your calendar:
a) Add the exam date.
b) Block off times that you are busy and cannot study.
c) Decide how much time you have to study on each day.
d) Add specific topics and amounts of time to study on specific days.
For home improvement projects, you can do the same thing! Add the project due date. Block off times you are unavailable. Put specific tasks on specific days. Stick to your schedule, and you'll be on your way! Combating procrastination and overwhelm is key!
Want to create your own calendar?
I offer an editable study calendar with additional study tips for purchase through Teachers Pay Teachers. This comes with additional detailed instructions for getting organized for exams, creating your own study calendar, and a variety of study tips.
Click here to find out more: "Exam Prep - Organizing your Study Time"
Looking for more support?
I also offer one-on-one consulting support for both students getting organized for finals as well as people of all ages getting ready to tackle a home organizing project. I can help with either just the up-front organizing part or for support along the way.
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