Ever feel like your head is so full of things to do you feel them leaking out your ears? So do most of us, but the smart ones get their responsibilities out of their head before they leak out by adding them to a calendar, a schedule, a two do list, stone tablets; whatever they might have on hand. If you want to start some spring cleaning on your brain space (because you know how important it is as a CUOL student – no one will schedule for you!) and get your tasks done before they become ear-sludge, read on for a list of five tools to get your schedule together.

Pocket Planner

You’ve probably gotten hundreds of these in your time as a student from kindergarten up to now, but have you ever tried using one? They often come with very helpful breakdowns of days, weeks, months and years, and are sectioned off by months with index tabs. Biggest advantage: easy to use and no new software to learn.

Dry Erase Calendar

Another “free stuff from an event” staple, dry erase calendars make both a great addition to blank wall space, and give you a repository for all the competing tasks knocking around in your head. This gives you a large view of not only what you have to accomplish this month, but also how much you’ve already accomplished this month as well.

Google Calendar

Google already knows everything else about you, why not tell it what your daily routine is as well? Google Calendar has great tools for blocking off your days through colour coding, time stamping, and repeatable events. Plus, if you sign in with your Google account across your devices your calendar will sync too – you’ll always know what you’ve got on the go when you’re on the go.


Want to get even more out of your Google Calendar? Trello is a web-based list-making application that lets you break down a project, so you know exactly what you have to do, what you’re already doing, and what’s already been done, how much time you’re putting into each stage, and who’s working on it.


Todoist is a fantastic to-do list app that also lets you break down tasks into individual stages, schedule a deadline for them, and lets you prioritize your tasks – even while you’re offline! The app also keeps track of your successfully accomplished tasks, and lets you set daily and weekly goals so you can visualize your productivity and stay on track using an in-app points system.

By Matthew Curtis, Fourth-Year Journalism, Carleton

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