Time management is challenging for students but also important for them since they need to make most of it without losing all the fun.
There are a lot of things for students to manage ranging from studying for exams, attending classes, reading books, writing assignments, and much more.
So, there is a lot for people to catch up. But for students, there are a few simple time management tricks especially made for them to manage their day better.
It is suggested to not get overwhelmed with this planning of time management itself but rather take simple few steps to manage your day better.
And here are some ways in which college students can manage their time.
Understand What Your Assignments Entail
Perhaps the most integral part of a college student’s life is an assignment. A larger part of your day goes through completing it.
So, It is important that you know exactly what your assignments entail, how much work it needs and when they are due.
You must be taking multiple classes that include a fair amount of short-term and long-term assignments.
Usually, time management for students fail because they are not aware of these following aspects of it :
- How much time will it take to complete it?
- What is the deadline of the assignment?
- What work does it include, subtasks?
- Does it require others, if yes, then who?
If you know exactly about these aspects of your assignment, you will be more efficient in completing them on time.
You also need to break it down into sub-tasks and find out what exactly it means to complete a particular assignment.
What kind of work does it require? Do you have to travel somewhere for research or to collect something etc ?
Do you need partners, if yes, then have you approached them yet? Are they agreed and on the same page with you?
Is there any cost involved? What items do you need to buy? Have you got them yet.
In a nutshell, do you have everything you need to start the assignment and complete it if you want to ?
What To Do?
Write down the short-term and long-term assignments you have right now and others in knowledge.
On the basis of all the information you learned about, write down on these for every assignment.
- Deadline of the assignment
- Sub-tasks with their own deadlines
- Items you need / or to buy
- Name of your team members agreed upon
- Additional things to do
Block Your Courses
Students tend to take their courses scattered throughout the day thinking that they will learn better this way.
But it only creates too much opportunities in between to fall into distractions.
Also, there is a lot of time wasted between multiple transitions from one course to another.
It is suggested that you need to block your courses one by one and take up back to back as much as you can.
With some observation, you can also set a particular number of courses you can take up in a day.
In this way, you will be able to get more courses done in less time.
More importantly, by grouping your classes just for two or three days, you will get full free days of self-studying.
Make A Plan Ahead Of The Day
When you have too much to work including the assignments, all the five classes, projects, and self-study, it can be overwhelming.
And with such emotion, students tend to procrastinate.
It is never too late to start planning how you will go through your day, and how you cover all the five classes and complete assignments before the deadline.
Then, there are other personal things that you also need to take care of along with your student life.
Plan your day the night before. Create a time-restricted plan with tasks and work you need to go through the day.
Include the weekly study, exam preparation and every other aspect of your life to achieve a good work/life balance.
As a student, you want to be efficient and get things done, to get some free time for yourself.
What To Do?
Write down how many courses you have taken up and schedule the classes you are going to take in the whole week.
Since every lecture, you need to do self-study, revise, so a general thumb rule says that for every 1 hour lecture, you do 2 hours of study time.
Make sure you don’t choose too many courses at once.
If you do, distribute the self study time for each of the lectures/classes throughout the week.
Also, create a dedicated time slot for revising. Use breaks in-between study.
Make Sure You Do All Of Your Classes
Missing any class gives you a really hard time as you have to ask someone for the notes and since you didn’t directly learn from your teachers, it also becomes harder to self-study.
Overall, it adds two to three more tasks or processes to complete studying the lecture.
So even if you miss twice or thrice of your classes a week, it can really mess up your routine.
What To Do?
Organize your day by blocking your time for the classes you need to take. You can do that for a whole week or even more.
This way, you will already know that you are committed for these certain hours of the day, and the week.
Also, make sure you take care of your health to not miss classes due to sickness.
Identify, Define & Priortize
You need to first identify the tasks that matter to you the most, which are most important.
It is crucial that you go through your to-do list and put it in an order of its significance and urgency.
Make sure to add the deadlines of every task so you know the urgency of it.
The goal here is to organize your to-do list in order of their priority. To prioritize your tasks, you need to define them.
You need to ask yourself what stakes are there if you don’t do it on time. Can this wait? Is it important enough to do today or tomorrow or you can schedule it.
Your to-do list can be intimidating and overwhelming but really prioritizing the tasks will help you sort it out, so you can do the most important work first.
By identifying and defining the task, you also will be able to group the tasks which are of the same nature, for example, house chores like getting groceries, cleaning the house, washing clothing, etc.
Similarly if there are some tasks done to be outside, you can do them together, so you don’t have to go again and again.
What To Do ?
Create a to-do list of everything you need to get done. This can include everything lined up for weeks to come or things you have in your mind to do.
Make sure you do all kinds of tasks whether they are small or big, work or personal, chore or entertainment.
You may have already a to-do list. In any case, chances are, you might be feeling overwhelmed with so much to do.
Now here are steps to take :
Identify : See every task, and identify them for which they are, for you. Whether it is important, urgent, a ‘should’ or a ‘want’.
Define : Now, give them an attribute amongst these – important and urgent, important but not urgent, urgent but not important & not important & not urgent.
Categorize: Now categorize or batch these tasks with each other. Like all the house chores together or all the laptop- work together.
Prioritize: Prioritize them to respect each other.
Use A CheckList
Checklists are very effective especially because students have a lot on their minds. Also, they are always juggling with plenty of things around them.
There are just too many distractions for them to complete a task. And when things start piling up, it just makes them feel overwhelmed.
If you know the feeling, you would know what happens next? You tend to procrastinate until things get heated.
The best way to deal with this is to have a checklist of things that you need to do. Yes, the to-do list but in the form of a checklist.
You can either have an app or have it on a sheet. But it is suggested to have a physical copy of a checklist with you.
It seems more tangible and rewarding when you cross them after completing a task.
Also, you will be focussing on just one task rather than the whole list. Once you complete it, just cross it off.
Many professionals like Doctors and Pilots use it. It is very helpful when you have too many things to forget.
It also gives you a psychological relief about accomplishing something. So everytime you cross one task, you feel boosted and motivated to do more.
What To Do?
Take a sheet of paper and write down all the tasks that you need to do in a day, month or month.
Either you can make one sheet for every day or have one sheet for a week. This is completely on you as to how you want to plan.
You can paste it on your wall or near your desk to always be visible to you.
It is rewarding to see these tasks getting crossed-off one by one.
Alternatively, you can also use apps like to-doist or Google Tasks to create this checklist.
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