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Nov 22, 2016 10:46 AM EST

What Students Should Do at the End of a School Day?

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The final class has ended and you're probably excited to head out, grab something to eat or go to the bar, grab some drinks and hang out with your friends. Before you do however, have you thought about what you need to do tomorrow, taking note when the paper is due or made clarifications with your professor about that paper he gave back for some revision?

While it may take some getting used to and you're friends may not think this is the coolest thing to do, reflecting about how the day went and making notes on your calendar or planner will actually help you more than you think. You can sleep soundly at night knowing you've taken care of everything and you can begin the day relaxed because you're confident that you're not missing a class or an assignment deadline.

So what do you need to do before you call it a school day?

  1. Update your planner or to do list. If you have a part-time job or is currently doing an internship while attending some classes, having a planner and a to-do list can help you organize your activities better.

  2. Organize your desktop. If you're like most students these days that rely on their computers and other digital devices for just about everything, taking time during the day to organize files and apps will help you be more efficient. A neat desktop also takes off some pressure.

  3. Review achievements and completed tasks. If you've done 10,000 steps today, returned that overdue book to the library or did your laundry, check that off your to-do list and tell yourself, "Well done."

  4. Review your schedule and the things that needs to get completed tomorrow. This will allow you to make calls and send reminders if you have an appointment. This will also help you plan your day the next day.

  5. Check emails, calls and messages, if you missed a some calls and messages, call them back or send them a reply the same day. It might be something urgent.

  6. If you're writing that book review due tomorrow or doing something that needs to be completed before call it a day, stay focused and keep working. Avoid entertaining thoughts that might take you adrift or else, you lose the momentum.

  7. Reflect. What happened, what have you learned?

  8. Say thank you.

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