Making Checklists

Lesson Six

Keeping tasks in order is crucial to your yearbook committee’s operation. Keeping tasks organized can be especially difficult for busy students, but we have some pointers to help. Establishing a routine is the start to keeping your students organized. A daily or weekly checklist is a good way to establish a routine that will ensure smooth operation for your yearbook class.

Tips for your students’ checklists

  1. Have each student write a prioritized list of things he/she needs to get done at the beginning of each class or week.
  2. Break big projects down into smaller projects. This will make taking on a big project seem more feasible.  
  3. Encourage students to complete things on their checklist one at a time. Students will likely be tempted to multitask, but it is easier and more efficient to stay organized when focusing on one item at a time.
  4. Determine a checklist style that works best for your students.  Several students are big into technology and would thrive on a checklist app, while other students would prefer to stick to pen and paper.
  5. Have students include breaks on their checklists, so they can have a moment to step away and regroup their thoughts.
  6. Remind students not to stress if an item on their checklist is taking a long time to complete. This may be one of those items they will want to break up into smaller items so the progress is perceivable over time.
  7. Have a weekly meeting discussing students’ checklists. Have them talk about what they are working on and what they have accomplished. This will hold students accountable for the work they are doing.
  8. Make sure students stick to one list. Whether they are using an app-based list or pen and paper, it is important to keep all their to-do’s in the same place in order to keep organized.

Getting your students started on this routine will increase productivity, keep them from stressing, and will make the yearbook more manageable. Feel free to have students use our Yearbook Checklist!