These ideas are ways to start planning effectively, and useful things to do! You might use these as evidence of planning skills in a written application if you haven’t been involved in larger projects, and you are likely to talk about how you organise yourself at interview.
Set time aside to plan when starting a major activity.
Make and use revision timetables.
Define responsibilities early when starting a collaborative task.
Research different methods and tools available, and consider which suit you best. For example…
Use a diary or calendar and use Outlook's Scheduling Assistant or Doodle polls to coordinate your diary with others.
Use “to-do lists” to prioritise and monitor your tasks.
These are all ways you can start to develop your planning skills, and which do not involve a long-term commitment. You might find these useful as examples in an interview.
Plan an expedition or your own vacation travel itinerary – such as inter-railing.
Organise an away-day for a society, or short tour for a sports team to another university.
Co-organise the support for admissions interviews in your college.
Make monthly and annual budgets, and stick to them!
Contingency planning: look ahead and plan from problems which might come up on projects you are involved with (e.g. finding resources for a college event; securing bridging money between research contracts).
Get involved with any extra-curricular activities while at Oxford – from membership of societies to part-time work. The ability to simultaneously juggle multiple activities and get a good grade is really effective evidence of an ability to plan.
Volunteer to organise your Common Room’s annual elections.
Organise props and schedules as a stage manager for a student production, or coordinate aspects of a Freshers Fair.
Plan fieldwork or a research project using project management tools, such as Trello or Asana.
Volunteer to organise community projects or activities through OxHub.
Organise a series of speakers or panel sessions for a society.