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I would like to know what everyone does to save time during the school year, especially during the beginnings and ends of semester when things can go crazy! One thing that keeps me sane is making lists. Lists allow me dump everything that I need to do out of my head onto paper so I can focus on one task at a time (plus I don't forget to do something!) Do lists work for you? Is there something else you do to save time?

This thread was posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
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I think everyone who has posted in this forum does some variation of what I already do including creating lists or folders.  I find it useful to write down due dates for large assignments in my planner, but unfortunately that does leave room for procrastination.  I appreciate the advice on tackling an email as soon as you open it instead of allowing several emails that require responses to pile up.  I am a "to do" list maker and if I am motivated this method works well.

This was posted on May 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM ET by Nealyn Dunlop.
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Thanks for sharing what works for you and the similarities that we share. It's always nice to know when a method is tried and true.

This was posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
Re: Time Savers!

I am a list maker but I find that, when things get crazy, I end up with giant lists that are more depressing than effective. I am trying a new strategy of pulling things from my list and actually scheduling time for each one on my calendar...making an appointment for my "to do". I've only been trying it this week but I have been a LOT more productive already. Hopefully, it will work for a while! Also, I learned a new tip this week...don't put a "project" (e.g., write a report, do end of semester grades, etc.) on a "to do" list...break it into smaller "to do's" so you can tackle each one. No one has a 3 hour block of time to do a project, right? But 15 minutes to do the first step is possible.

This was posted on August 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM ET by Marsha Matyas.
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Great advice Marsha!  With school starting my to do lists are getting enormous.  

This was posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM ET by Peter English.
Re: Time Savers!

One thing I try to do is not to open the same email repeatedly.  If it's something I can take care of quickly, I like to do it right away.  Otherwise I will let it sit until I am ready to deal with it.  I find that otherwise I tend to open the same email, stare at it, close it, and repeat the process numerous times, which is a waste of energy and time.  I have a special file/category for articles and news that I can read later if I want.

I also do what Marsha recommends and schedule blocks of time in my calendar to work on projects in order to 'protect' that time.

This was posted on August 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM ET by Jeanne Chowning.
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Great point, Jeanne! I agree...I have started opening once and then dragging to one of three folders...urgent, moderately urgent, long term. Then I TRY to stay in the urgent folder for the morning before checking my inbox again. Not totally effective but it helps. Suggestions anyone?

This was posted on August 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM ET by Marsha Matyas.