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Managing Your Work Habits

A guide to help you choose methods and tools for organizing your research and work in meaningful ways.

To-Do Lists

Recording what you need to do or be working on can help alleviate some of the stress of balancing work and school. To-do lists can assist with breaking down projects into smaller, more manageable parts. Benefits of writing down to-do lists include:

  • Satisfaction of checking things off
  • Clarifying through writing down
  • Setting reasonable expectations
  • Seeing progress 

There are several ways to organize to-do lists:

  • To do, doing, done
  • By class, work, etc.
  • Short-term vs. long-term

Tools for to-do lists:

  • Google Keep: cross-platform and incorporated into Google calendar
  • Outlook Tasks: incorporated Outlooks email and can link to iPhone reminders app
  • Apple Notes: cross platform for Apple users
  • Wunderlist: cloud-based to-do application
  • TeuxDeux: simple, user friendly to-do application
  • visual project management tool
  • AirTable: cloud-based collaboration platform