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How to Destroy Your To-Do List This Weekend

Jayne Miller wrote this on Mar 6, 2015

You’re done with the school week, but that doesn’t mean your workload estimator is. If your Chalkup to-do list runneth over this weekend, here are some strategies for knocking it out.

This is What a Completed To Do List Looks Like

Do the Hard Stuff First

It’s an old rule, but a good one. If you have a task that you’re dreading, get it out of the way first to make the rest of your list seem more manageable.

For a new take on this old principle, dedicate only the first 10 minutes of your day to the assignment you’re most anxious about. Only 10. This isn’t enough time to seem overwhelming, but it’s enough to get you invested in whatever you’re working on. We find that most people will opt to continue working instead of switching gears after 10 minutes. Pretty sneaky brain hack.

Add Everything

Marking a task as complete feels good. Give yourself the opportunity to check everything off. Chalkup allows students to add their own tasks to their workload estimator; to-do lists aren’t limited to assignments from teachers.


Get started by clicking the “+ New Task” button on the Look Ahead page. From there, add study time, band rehearsal hours, sports practices, or anything else you need to make time for. This will allow for a more accurate picture of how much you need to get done, as well as an opportunity to check more off as you go.

Break Down Bigger Tasks

Maybe your instructors are already doing this for you in Chalkup. If not, the new task feature on your Look Ahead page can also serve as a place to break down larger assignments into smaller tasks that you can knock out one-by-one.

Beyond making a behemoth project more manageable, this strategy will allow you to keep closer tabs on your time. You can allocate hours for outlining a paper, developing a thesis, doing research, and writing sections. 

Be Realistic

Say it with us: saving all 7 hours of homework until Sunday night won’t be fun for anyone. Hopefully your workload estimator is helping you avoid this by telling you just how much time you’ll need to finish up all your to-dos.

Make your workload estimator a true homework organizer by tracking how long it takes you to finish projects or study for tests. Sometimes all it takes is looking at your course calendar and reviewing task times from previous assignments. We’ve also seen students (and teachers) keep work logs to better gauge where their hours are going. Either method will allow you to include more realistic time estimations when you create tasks on your own.

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