The use of Microsoft Outlook: you can use Microsoft Outlook’s (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, TASKS) functions to plan out the things you need to do; the great thing about Microsoft Outlook is the fact that, as you are listing what tasks you have to complete, you can view the list on your computer’s screen and can become aware of the sequence of your day’s events, before you actually leave your computer and before you actually leave your home, if you leave your home, at all.
Once you have all of your tasks entered into Outlook, you need to think about what needs to be accomplished first, that will be able to free you up, later on in the day; as well, there are going to be tasks that will need more than one day’s work for you to be able to accomplish them.
These are ongoing, finite projects; other types of things are tasks that you will need to repeat, whether this is being sure to check your course syllabus to make sure you are op to date and ahead of yourself. As far as your reading tasks go, it will not hurt you to reread any assigned text more than once; however, if you are like me, you might have a tendency to forget what selections you have read, already; therefore, you could fall behind if you don’t have a record of exactly what passages you have read and what passages you haven’t read.
You can set Outlook up so that what appears on your On-screen list is an actual line that goes through each task as soon as you select the task; the task, itself, does not disappear; it actually remains on your screen; a single line appears through the task, to let you know that you have completed it; my own short-term memory deficit, several zillion times, in the past, has caused me to redo the same task over and over; when I started using MS Outlook, consistently, I very soon had this aggravation nearly disappear, permanently; as well, using this type of list-using tactic has caused my memory deficit to wane.
And, the greatest advantage of all that MS Outlook presents is the fact that it is possible to attain for use on what is called a PDA; these are personal digital assistants and they can be “loaded” with computer applications, including MS Outlook.
NOW, the advent of the smartphone facilitates your access to the utility of a fully-functioning PDA, with the ability to make and receive phone calls and send and receive e-mails and text messages. This is all true, with the advantage of having a traceable time-stamp on every phone call and data transmission, as well. Even though my short-term-memory deficit has been able to be lessened, substantially, since I re-entered school, the use of these components of Smart Phone/PDA technology make things easier for me not to forget to do and not to do in the incorrect order, if that is necessary to be taken into consideration.
You can have the ability to take your MS Outlook list with you, wherever you go; as well, you can select each task that you have cued up on your PDA and the task will disappear, such to allow you to know that you do not have to accomplish the task, anymore; the hope is that you will, eventually, become enabled to start out a day with a PDA that has, say, five tasks, appearing on it.
Each time you complete a task, you will select it and the task will disappear; then, when you have completed a good amount of things and are feeling tired, you will be able to go home and be reminded, by looking at your computer’s version, of your task list, on MS Outlook, to see all that you’ve accomplished; using this method, you are enabled to know what you are accomplishing, how much time it takes you to accomplish what you accomplish and it will also allow you to get an idea of what you can do differently, such to maximize what you accomplish in relationship to your methods of work.
Finally, becoming self-aware can also allow you to attain a better idea of your potential for when you are planning out days, in the future; the neat thing about this is the fact that you will, most likely, become aware of the fact that you are become enabled to complete more and more due to the reality of your efficiency, as a worker, by virtue of your increasing amount of resilience or by virtue of, both, increased resilience and increased efficiency.
(To tell the truth, if you own a Smartphone, you’ll probably find this post to be a little outdated, due to the fact that the PDA’s are/were a precursor to the full-blown Smartphone.)