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Last few weeks or so have been extremely hectic for me because I was approaching the end of my law school life - which means having rounds and rounds of final exams =( So I was more determined than ever to "rebuild my relationship" with my dear Filofax and give him the attention that he ought to have =) [for details, please see this post] At the end of the 28 days of bad-habits-breaking-better-habits-forming period, I am glad to say that I have |become more organised, which in turn helped me to get more out of my study time.
Make a daily to-do list and be flexible in assigning the time slots for the tasks
Each day before I study, I would first look at my daily to-do (or revision) list and then roughly assign time slots for the tasks in my mind. I would first take a brief look at my materials then estimate the time that I might need for the revision. Then I would mark down the time slots on my daily schedule (I'm using day-per-page non-Filofax inserts. Please see my previous post for photos). Particularly, I used the amazing Pilot Frixion pens for marking so that I could easily rub off my writing and adjust the time if I need to. But I tended to make as few amendments as possible (unless if, for example, when I was studying half way and I found that the materials were harder than I thought, then I would allow myself more time). Therefore, I resisted the urge to put down all the tasks at once. This way, I can be more realistic about what I can accomplish in that day. Besides, writing everything down without assessing whether I will be able to finish them all is dangerous for me because each failure will lead to disappointment and guilt-tripping.
Having my Filofax at my fingertips
Having a Filofax that lies open in front of me has been very helpful. And the keyword here is open. Because in the past, I had always put my Filofax on the desk when I studied in the library. The only difference this time was that I kept it open. It enabled me to check my Filofax more regularly which made me more engaged in planning my time. It also gave me added psychological benefits in a way that I felt like I have a companion/ assistant/ coach with me when I was studying =) And I'm happy to say that I indeed checked my Filofax more than 3 times a day =D
What helps you nourish the relationship with your Filofax? Please let me know! =)