Last month I shared my new planner, which is part of a larger accountability binder system that I use to keep track of things I need to work on and places I need to be.
One of the pages was my assignment and project sheet where I wanted to keep all of due dates. I have pretty small handwriting so I crammed in two 40-line tables on the page: one for classwork and one for writing projects.
I greatly underestimated how many things I would have due this semester. Not counting the surprise projects that have sprung up since the semester started (thanks a lot, j-school), I have over 150 items in my class assignment list.
By comparison, I have about 10 anthology deadlines listed in my project sheet for the entire year.
I obviously need something a little more heavy duty for tracking classwork.
Inspired by this post on Organized Charm, I made a Google Sheet specifically for class assignments.
The spreadsheet has columns for the semester week, the specific due date, the class it’s for, the assignment name, and the four potential statuses I may be stuck on: reading, taking notes, writing an initial draft, and completion.
The grey and white backgrounds really help me keep track of what’s upcoming that specific week, and on my printed sheet I use a yellow highlighter in between each specific day so I can prioritize.
The status columns help me to isolate and organize things within the spreadsheet, usually by ordering an entire column.
I use the status columns as a checklist to keep track of what I’ve done and what still needs work.
If you want to track things just with the spreadsheet, you can use drop-down menus in the status columns to check off items when you’re done.
I like using a paper system, so I manually check off when I’m done with a step–and when I’m totally finished, I use a highlighter to strike through the whole line.
The downside to using a paper version rather than an electronic version is that my professors have changed due dates several times so far, so I have to re-write them in the printed copy or re-print it if I’m feeling particularly fussy over it. Having a shortcut on a tablet or laptop may end up being a better option, even though I like having physical tracking sheets.
[One day I’ll figure out how to make the embed code work. Today is not that day.]