Today is Sunday, and that means that midterms are finally finished, I feel way less stressed, and I’m a happier person. However, last week was extremely hectic, and it reminded me how important time management is. So, this week I wanted to stop in, and share 5 quick tips for improving your time management. As college students, employees, etc., we lead busy lives, and sometimes it is hard to find a balance between work and play. But I have five ways to make enjoying life and being successful a little easier:
1) Figure out the time of day you’re most productive, and accomplish a bulk of your work during that time. I know that my schedule works better if I am in class in the morning, and have the rest of the early to mid afternoon to finish homework, projects, or essays. Once 3pm hits, I am basically useless for a few hours, so I take this time to go for a walk, work out, watch a TV show, etc. I plan my schedule according to when I will be most productive, least productive, etc.
2) WRITE IT DOWN. I don’t know about you, but I am one of those weird people that cannot remember something if it is not written in my [color coded, extremely organized] planner. If it’s not on paper, it won’t be accomplished. Therefore, anytime I get my syllabus, I write all important deadlines, exam dates, etc. down to make sure I am aware of what is coming up. This also makes it easier to plan other events since you will know if scheduling an event on a Thursday night is going to affect your study time for a Friday exam.
3) Prioritize how you see fit. When I am planning my week, I make sure I know what is the first thing I need to accomplish, and what can wait. I prioritize from most important to least important, and often make to-do lists to keep track of what I need to be doing. I am constantly making sure I am accomplishing items with deadlines, that I am writing this blog, and that I spend time with friends.
4) Limit distractions. You know that moment when you’re trying to be productive, but your phone is buzzing, social media is getting more and more interesting, and your friends are stopping by to chat? Well, cut that off. Not completely, just temporarily. Limit the distractions around you while you’re trying to work. I often listen to classical music while I work [with headphones], and will sometimes turn my phone on airplane mode so I can’t be tempted. Do what you need to do to make sure you’re being productive.
5) Set up a routine. Habits die hard, so once you get into a routine, you’ll be pretty much set to make sure you’re getting things done. Make sure that your routine includes breaks, though, because we all need a little “me time” to ensure that we are, you know, remaining sane. Routines are great things to have to make sure you’re not falling behind, and that you’re staying on top of your game.
How do you manage your time? What could be better?