There are only so many hours in a day. Juggling a full course load, part-time work, friends, meals, exercise, hobbies, and whatever else you have going on, can become overwhelming. If this sounds familiar, here is some advice that might help.

Make a list. Sounds simple, right? Almost too simple? Wrong.

Making a list can remove stress by removing the unknown. By making a list, you are visually recording exactly what it is you need to accomplish.

As long as all of your to-do’s are just floating around in your head, overwhelming you, you risk inertia. You risk becoming stressed while not really accomplishing anything. But once your to-do’s are down on paper, you can see them, you can prioritize, you can get rid of the non-essentials.

Once you have everything down on paper, or on your computer, prioritize each item from one to ten. Anything above ten, mark as to be done in the future. Then focus only on the top ten items, working through as little as one per day. You will be amazed at how setting a small, achievable goal of one item per day, will get you moving again. At the end of the week, you will only have three items left.

You stress will start to resolve as you regain confidence and control over what you achieve each day. The more you do this, the more you will find yourself able to achieve.

Once your list reaches zero, go ahead and look at the items you originally marked as to be done in the future. Check if they are still truly required. Then make a list of ten to-do’s and start again. You will find some things you considered essential last week, have either resolved themselves or aren’t really that essential after all.

This method of listing your to-do’s, develops good self-discipline and stress management. So happy list-making.

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