Meeting project deadlines, attending lectures and giving your best in the exams – there’s a lot that students have to do and quite a little time to do it all. So, how can you handle all the stress and still succeed in all your endeavors as a college student? By learning the art of time management! As they say, don’t be busy, be productive.
Here are some excellent time management tips that will help every college student to make the most of their college learning experience:
Make a list of your priorities
First and, perhaps, the most important tip is to make a list of your priorities and know what is it that needs your attention urgently. Make this a regular habit. Understanding your priorities will make your present easier. So always have the complete schedule of your weekly classes, assignments, tests, projects, etc. This will help you manage your short-term goals effectively.
Set an agenda
Now when you know what all is it that needs your attention in the near future, get prepared to give these impending tasks your best shot. Plan your entire week in advance. This will help you manage your workload. But while setting an agenda, don’t forget to be realistic. Don’t demand too much from yourself. Have your focus on your priorities and work towards achieving them.
Do an energy audit
Take a moment and think when are you most alert and productive in a day. Are you a morning person or a night person? Find that out by doing an energy audit. Maintain a notebook to list your energy levels during different times of a day. Schedule your study periods around the times you are most alert to be able to concentrate on your studies better.
There’s so much happening around us that keeping your focus strictly on studies could get really difficult. From smartphones to smartwatches, televisions, laptops, tablets and even social media, there is a lot that can break your focus. It is advisable to reserve a little time for these each day and keep the rest of the day for your studies, sports, and other important activities.
Remember that checklists are extremely helpful tools when it comes to time management. It’s good if you are following a proper schedule. But it’s even better to keep a track of what you have accomplished from your schedule and what still needs your time. By maintaining and following daily, weekly and monthly checklists, you will prepare yourself to step up in your pursuits of a better career and a great life.
Now that you are working hard to stick to your time goals, it is important to reward yourself. That’s a good motivator to work hard and manage your time in the future as well. You can give yourself a treat, watch your favorite movie, shop something you want, or just hang out with your friends. Incentives like these will keep you going.
Procrastination is a time killer
‘You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again’. Always remember these words from Benjamin Franklin. If you have a habit of procrastinating things, then overcome it at the earliest as it is one of the biggest impediment to success. Stop finding excuses to things that you can complete now. Instead, find reasons to accomplish more in less time. Use your time wisely and be a successful college student.
Improve your mental awareness
Achieving your short-term and long-term goals call for clarity of mind. This could be done by being more mentally aware than what you already are. Performing regular mental exercises can help you achieve mental clarity and awareness. Practicing meditation and yoga will not only help you increase mindfulness, but will also assist in fighting with stress, depression, and anxiety. The better your mental health is, the higher are your chances to be a straight-A student.
Take care of your overall health
In order to perform better in your studies, both your brain and body need adequate rest every day. Sleep for at least eight hours to help your mind and body relax. Eat healthy, exercise more and do what you love. Find time for your hobbies and interests. This will improve your productivity and make your student life manageable.
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