Students lead busy lives, with assignments, research, exams, part-time work, and other responsibilities constantly fighting over the time they have available. Do you feel the same? The tips below can help you take control of your life.
1) Check list
Make a list of things that need to be done today (daily), this week and this month. Having your deadlines in front of you will help you tackle them. Cross items off as you go along. Seeing deadline after deadline being ticked off, is an excellent productivity driver.
Not sure how you will meet all your obligations today? Then prioritise. What is important NOW? What could wait until tomorrow? If nothing can wait, then be prepared to burn the midnight hour. It happens to the best of us. Prioritising also means that you'll have to be prepared to say 'no' to your friends occasionally.
3) Stop procrastinating
What takes away from what you need to do? Are you spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter? Playing online games too often? Perhaps it is time to implement a 'procrastination allowance', by giving yourself 15 minutes every even hour to check your social media channels. Use an egg timer, switch off the notifications on your phone.
4) Reward yourself
When you have met a deadline, reward yourself. Take an extra 30 minutes for social media, have a nap, or do whatever floats your boat. Don’t do it in excess as you don't want your reward to steal away from the time you are trying to save.
Feeling like a zombie because you didn't get enough sleep it detrimental to your time-management attempts. A good night sleep will help you focus and deal with your deadlines and obligations more efficiently. - Follow the author on @miriammannak