Following a couple late assignments, an ill-prepared presentation or two, and countless nights spent working late because I had procrastinated away the evening, the time has come for me to be held accountable for my own time management.
Oh, what to do? Time management is something I’ve had a very hard time with, for a very long time. My thorough, colour-coded calendar and notes work wonders for staying organized, but there’s only so much colour-coding one can do before running into the issue of time. After school and on weekends, my time is a lot less structured than at school – I work not until the bell, but until my work is done. In recent years (and especially at Propel), my workload has shifted from a bunch of short assignments to a collection of ongoing projects. Since that kind of work can never be “done” in my eyes, I’ve developed a bad procrastination habit. Since I know I’ll work until the moment I go to bed no matter what, I spend time right after school (and on weekends, entire mornings) doing anything but working. Starting to work later leads to late nights spent working, perpetuating the cycle and often leaving assignments not-quite-finished out of sleepiness as a result.
How can I solve this, then? Well, I’m going to directly contradict what I said about how my amazing calendar and notes can only do so much. My plan is to take the to-do lists I already make, and make them more precise. It’s just like what we learned with the fourth credit logs! My future to-do list for my project will look something like this:
- Write documentation for the functions of PlayerSprite
- Add arrow key movement
- Replace placeholder graphics with Shae’s art
- Research fixes for display resizing issue
- Write description of most likely fix so I don’t forget about it later
Compare to (a slightly exaggerated version of) what I use currently:
- Work on project
This strategy, I hope, combined with shifting my free time from right after school to right before bed, will get me to manage my time better, leading to less late nights. Who doesn’t want that?