1. Pull out and closely (re)read and assignment prompt for a larger assignment.
2. List every single activity you must complete to finish the larger assignment. Try to break everything down into its smallest component. Be sure to include the following types of steps:
- completing draft of your assignment
- having a classmate or friend read and respond to the assignment
- revising the assignment
- visiting relevant student academic services (like the writing center)
- proofreading the assignment
- checking for citations and citation style
3. Put the first activity you must complete (closely read the assignment prompt) at the top of the list with today’s date next to it. Put the last activity (submitting the assignment) at the very bottom of the list with the due date next to it. Look at your calendar and assign internal deadlines to the remainder of the steps. Keep the following tips in mind:
- do not plan to work on the same project for more than two hours at a time
- leave time to let someone else read a draft of your project and time for you to make revisions
- leave time to proofread, copyedit, and check for citations as separate activities (finish your project at least a few days early)
4. Share your schedule with a classmate or friend. Ask if they have suggestions on how to break up the assignment and/or how to schedule your work processes.
5. Revise your project schedule based on the feedback.
6. Upload your resulting project schedule.