Your priority list should include everything that you need to do today, including any social or family commitments, so that you know what responsibilities to include in your time-management plan.
Group the items based on whether they’re one-time, daily, or recurring tasks, as well as according to their deadlines. Now, rank each of the items on your to-do list as A, B, or C, based on their importance:
A = Important and urgent
B = Important but not urgent
C = Not important and not urgent
For example, let’s assume that your SAT test is two months away, your history paper is due tomorrow, your best friend is counting on you to attend her recital, and you can’t afford to fall behind on reading assignments. Your final, prioritized to-do list for today might look like this:
A. Read class assignments
A. Walk the dog
B. Phone or text friends
Recurring (but not daily) tasks
A. Attend a LiveLesson® session
B. Study for the SAT
C. Get a haircut
A. Attend a friend’s music recital
B. Finish history paper (due tomorrow)
Keep in mind that circumstances and priorities may change daily. For example, while studying for the SAT may be a “B” today, it’s likely to become an “A” the week before the test.