The key ingredient to achieving your goals and feeling like a super human is managing your time effectively. Some people are natural-born planners and can do this with ease. If you’re like us, though, you tend to struggle with time management and often end up feeling overwhelmed!
Not to worry, though; we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve, the likes of which have made a world of difference in our lives, and may well do the same for yours. Check out the below for ways to give your studies their due and get yourself on the right track!
The main enemy of every student is procrastination. Why do so many of us waste time and put things off indefinitely? Because of the thousands of distracting images, news items, and social media storms swirling around us every day! We guarantee that limiting these distractions will create a lot more time for you to ramp up your work output.
Don’t fret; we’re not suggesting you discard your various, expensive, and brand spankin’ new electronic gadgets! Just try something called the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes of pure uninterrupted work, and then take a 5-minute break to relax and – if you wish – fiddle with your mobile phone. This way, you’ll adhere to a schedule-of-sorts, a strategy that often optimizes productivity.
Another way to minimize distractions and make good on your commitments is to fix the duration of each task before embarking upon it. As soon as the alarm clock sounds, stop whatever you’re doing and move on to the next assignment. Whatever you have to do will fill the time you allocate for it, so try to set the appropriate amount of time from the start. If you don’t finish before the cut-off point, resume working on the assignment once you have completed everything else.
Write it down
Almost no one can remember everything that they have to do off the top of their head. That’s why we suggest that you invest in a good planner or agenda – or at least an app on your phone – and write down all your tasks, assignments, tests and exams, and other obligations. Keeping yourself apprised of deadlines and dates, and planning your week accordingly, is essential to managing your time in a judicious manner.
It’s also crucial that you break down the more unwieldy tasks you’re encumbered with into elements that are easier to handle, and to specify beforehand what you must accomplish in each work session. For example, instead of making “Finish history book” your sole entry on the subject for a certain week, and then trying to do just that over the next seven days, insert several entries into your planner/agenda listing which chapters of the book to read on which day during the week in question. The latter approach facilitates a distribution of the chunks of reading necessary for the completion of your task, and militates against pile-up.
Take care of yourself
The best time-management tip that you can follow is: Take care of yourself, both body and mind. Toiling away 24/7 is counterproductive, because your work will almost certainly turn out to be subpar. Scheduling time for relaxation and a hobby you love is essential if you want to attain the mental readiness needed to crush the more daunting challenges on your to-do list.
Additionally, though we know you’re sick of hearing “You should maintain a healthy diet and slot in a bit of exercise,” we stand by the admonition! These two factors really do make a difference when it comes to your everyday life. You can’t properly focus on your studies if you keep getting sick, so it’s important to take care of your health first.
Another thing which will aid you immeasurably when managing your time is paying attention to your body’s energy levels. Taking your cue from those energy levels will prove a tremendous boon. For example, let’s say you’re a freelancer, and as such have the luxury of crafting your own schedule. If you’re at your most vigorous in the morning, hit the heavier assignments then. But if you’re one who burns the midnight oil, go ahead and tackle your most demanding duties well after nightfall. Either way, so long as you play to your strengths, you’ll come out on top!
Let us know if you have any tips or tricks of your own to improve productivity, especially when it comes to academic work. Or better yet, enroll at the American University of Malta and give us the information in person!