Practical ideas to use Hightrack to organize your classes, homework and exams with less anxiety.
No matter if you are still in school or already in university, or if you combine work and study: you know that studying generates lots of activity. It fills up your schedule: homework, essays, practices, tutorials and the unavoidable exams, not to mention, well, classes. How do you organize all that? What can you do when organizing your classes to be more productive?
Concentrating all the organization of your studies in Hightrack will allow you to study with less anxiety and most of all, not to miss anything. Use Tasks and Calendar to keep everything logged and organized. You will then be able to have everything under control with the tracks Today and Upcoming. How can I do that? We will tell you in this practical guide:
Most people create a task list for each of their subjects at school, but that does not have to be like that. Creating separate lists is only worth it when: a) they generate a lot of activity on their own; or b) you tend to get confused when you mix things.
It’s not worth it to have 2-3 lists, if they are empty most of the time. Make just one list with all those subjects that have less movement. Remember that you also have tags and subtasks at your disposal. With them you can have fewer lists but still a lot of organizing power.
When classes pile up, tasks pile up too! Small, medium or large, it does not matter; they are things you have to do. Our main recommendation is that you note down new tasks (and calendar dates) immediately. Do not wait until the end of the class or the morning to do it, you risk forgetting things.
If you do not have your computer in front of you, use the Higtrack app in your mobile device to capture things fast. And do not forget to add as many details as you can in that moment. Pay special attention to these ones:
Right now you know exactly what needs to be done, but in 2-3 weeks just the task title will not be enough. Is there any specific detail relevant to this task? Maybe the teacher explained some requirements, or you have to visit a website, or you want to add a link to a note in Evernote or a document in Dropbox. Include all that in the Description.
If you have a Premium account you have lots of more possibilities than just the Description: you can write several paragraphs with your indications, include a URL group, generate ordered or unordered lists… You can even attach images from a website. The more information you include in the task, the less time you will spend looking for it later.
Careful with “elephant tasks”. The dissertation you have to hand in is more complex than it looks like at first, and it will take longer than you think. Do note the big task, yes, but then divide it up in smaller tasks, that you can do step by step in 1-2 weeks. Do this and not only you will choke less on big tasks, you will also be able to comply with delivery deadlines with less anxiety.
And speaking of deadlines: ALWAYS note down when is every task due. The problem with tasks in the medium-long term is that we are over-confident, and then we miss the boat. Be cautious when fixing the deadline, and leave enough margin to deal with last minute problems. Seriously, setting the right Due date is a golden rule for every good student.
Tags are wonderful for giving that extra boost to your organization. And as Hightrack includes them in the calendar too, you have two reasons to include them when you add or edit. For your studies, you can handle two types of tags:
SHIFT+click). In this way, you can choose which tasks/events are related with Chemistry and Lab practice.
We are sure that you will be very grateful for having the calendar just next to your tasks, without having to go to another application to check “what goes when”. When you organize your class schedule, keep an eye on this:
Use tags to separate your subjects/classes (Algebra, Spanish, History) from other activities such as seminars, lab practice or discussion sessions. Just like we said before. In this way, with just one click you will be able to filter and find real fast when something is due in your weekly/monthly calendar.
We should not have to say this but we will anyway: exams and tests have to be very clearly marked in your schedule: use ALL CAPS to write the first word, and of course mark them with a special tag.
Include also the days or time blocks in which you will not be able to study, or just decide not to, such as days devoted to rest, national bank holidays, sports practice, a trip… This will help you calculate better how much time you have for your essays, and you will avoid missing a deadline. All these blocks can be marked with one tag: ‘Off’.
In your tracks is where all the organization that you do in Tasks and Calendar makes real sense. There is where you see all things related with your studies with total clarity. Both tasks and events. And remember: you will see it in your mobile device too, wherever you are.
When we designed Hightrack, we also had student life in mind. Because we know how complicated it is to handle so many subjects, tasks and classes. We have created the tool that helps you get organized. The rest is up to you :-)