8 Effective time management tips for students
If you are a student, time management is very vital. Once a minute is lost, it’s gone forever. The best way to manage time is to know how much time you have and how to use it. Since there is no (and there will never exist) enough time to do everything you want, you must set priorities continually in your activities.
The best question you should ask yourself to keep track of your time is “what is my most valuable use of time right now?” Keep on memorizing and repeating this question over and over and see if your life won’t change.
Let’s see some tips for students that will take you to the next level.
1) Be organized
If your parent(s) has never told you “be organized,” then you missed something crucial. Forget about your parents. When in school, you need to be organized to manage your time. I know you are wondering how should I be organized. Well, let me explain.
Use saving tools. These are tools that will assist you to trace your time and your work as well. Some of the tools among the many include appointment calendars, answering machines, to-do lists, e-mail, file folders, and others.
Appointment calendars will ensure that you know the time you should be in class or a meeting. Answering machines will remind you when you are to do something you had planned. An e-mail will ensure you save your documents and notes; in case of interruptions, you can get your work from the cyber in your mail. Lastly, to-do lists allow you to mark what you’ve done and see what need to be done next.
Have an organized workplace. Believe me or not, without an organized workplace, you’ll waste a lot of time finding your work regularly. Organizing your workplace will save your time to do other important activities.
Make use of the appointment calendars for everything even for your study time.
Don’t forget to use to-do lists for your long-term work and also for each day or week. Mark the accomplished work or goals as complete.
2) Plan ahead (schedule time and it will happen)
When we talk about planning, we are simply talking about scheduling your time well.
Before resonating to do any task, it’s crucial to determine how much time it will take.
See if some activities can be combined and accomplished together. For example, you can combine doing your homework and studying.
Can big tasks be broken down into smaller tasks? If yes, break them down into smaller tasks for easy scheduling. For example, let’s say you are studying for exams and at the same time you have a writing a term paper assignment. You’ll need to break these tasks into smaller ones.
3) Prioritize your tasks
Different tasks have different priorities. Some need urgency while others can be done later. Some are very important tasks while others are less important. To be effective in prioritizing them, there exist a system called A-B-C rating system. This system will prioritize your tasks from “A” being the highest priority.
Set both long-term and short-term goals. The secret behind setting goals is to ensure that you are focused on accomplishing what you want. You’ll stay on track with your objectives.
Estimate your to-do list and determine whether the tasks need extra time or additional resources to complete them. If yes, you have to schedule your time to obtain the required resources.
Don’t procrastinate small tasks. Complete them immediately you are given. Why? This is because those small tasks can pile to become larger tasks. If you don’t agree with that, how many unread emails do you have and you said you’ll read it later? Stop procrastination.
4) Avoid overload
As they say, “too much of everything is poisonous.” It’s true. You don’t have to act like a robot. You need to relax. In your schedule, include time for relaxation, exercise, and eating.
Additionally, create time for sleeping. 7 to 8 hours of sleep will give you enough concentration during the day. Sleeping also helps to reduce stress. Don’t forget to exercise for your body and brain to remain healthy.
We are social beings, remember to add time for social media. Make fun out of it to make your mind fully relaxed.
Take short breaks in between study sessions and work periods.
Don’t pile work until rush hour. For example, avoiding cramming for exams.
Learn to say “NO.” It’s time for class, and your friend is inviting you to his birthday party, say “NO.” You are in class, and someone is calling, say “NO.” In short, say no when inappropriate. Feel free to negotiate for ideal deadlines.
5) Practice effective study techniques
Get to understand yourself. What kind of environment do you need for studying? You need a conducive environment.
Be wise. Split huge tasks into smaller and manageable ones.
When reading, read for comprehension instead of reading to reach the end of a chapter.
Ask questions where possible during the study session instead of waiting until the last time; exam time, of course.
Tackle the difficult tasks first. Breaking them in easier tasks will work handsomely.
If you have a project, do it once given rather than waiting until the last minute.
When issued with a syllabus, go through it as soon as possible while noting down the due dates in your calendar. Don’t forget to record the “milestone” days in your calendar too.
Are you a role model in the class? Being a role model is right. Be attentive and participate in your class. Be punctual, not forgetting to be prepared and also ready to learn.
6) Be flexible
Have you ever planed for something and then the unexpected happens? It sucks. If you want to manage your time well, plan your day and ask yourself this question. “What if something else happens.”
Admittedly, unexpected happens. It can be sicknesses, car troubles, weather changes or other things. You must be able to suit such kind of situations in your schedule.
Rearrange your schedule when necessary. Keep in mind that you should manage your schedule; the schedule should not manage you.
Learn how to ask for help in case you need it. This helps you to avoid wasting time researching extensive resources.
7) Have a vision
We can’t mention time management tips and fail to mention having a vision.
Trust me. When you have a vision, you will manage your time well. Ask yourself “why am I doing all these things.”
Always remember your “big picture.” Scrutinize why you are doing certain things. Is what you are doing significant to both long term and short term goals?
Find a personal or career mission statement and strictly follow it. Ensure that all the activities you are undertaking are ultimately assisting you to meet your goals and objectives.
To add on that, know what’s really important to you. It’s reasonable to determine what you value most.
8) Never skip classes
You know that feeling when the teacher or lecturer is boring? You feel like never to attend that class again. Sometimes, you hate some lecturers or teachers due to various reasons.
Calm down, my friend. Resist that temptation because you will finally waste a lot of time copying the notes and trying to understand the concept he was trying to put across. When in class, it is easy to understand because only the key points are highlighted.
When you combine the above time management tips for students, there is no doubt that you will improve your time management skills. In that way, you’ll get the best out of your precious time regardless of whether you are studying, living or playing.