I highly recommend the week or month view. I also recommend using the tasks. It feels so good to check them off. I usually save the tasks for out of the ordinary tasks that I might forget about. For example, I have 23 things to do this weekend, there's no way I was going to type that up. I wouldn't put down, "Make copies" because I do that every day. You can also set alarms so you don't forget to show up for something. Overall, this helps me to picture my week and more long term, my semester. This week, I have something huge due on Tuesday, then social events every night until Sunday. That means no last-minute work allowed, I need to make sure I'm on top of things! (And yet here I sit blogging, but I swear it only took 15 minutes to write.) Give it a try. Macs have their own ical that is equally as useful and easier to enter events into.
|Next week's schedule. The names of classes and friends have been removed to protect the innocent. Click to enlarge.|
In addition, after thinking more about this, much of my organization for each class gets done in an excel spread sheet. I create schedules for each of my courses. Here's a sample for an intro course I have taught a gazillion times. Students get a copy of this and I update it, if needed, on our webpage. Each "subject" has a PowerPoint that goes with it, each homework has a word doc, a pdf for posting, and keys, each exam has a word doc and key, and each activity has a word doc as well. Due to the complexity of this, having proper course folders and sub folders on my computer is key to staying organized. I also name each thing I create for a course with the call number for that course so I don't open up homework 1 for another course accidentally. This semester I shared materials with four new professors and they really appreciated my organized course materials. I also sync all of these folders between my laptop at school and my laptop at home using Dropbox. Some of my other courses have more columns, like, what lab we are doing, or what additional reading is due. I have all of these schedules posted in my office and copies in my "Take Home" folder so I can look at them on the bus and mentally prepare.