Stop Wasting Your Time: A Guide to Better Time Management Skills
Time is something we don’t have enough of. Being a college student means really prioritizing what little time you have to be effective and efficient. We have other obligations aside from studying: jobs, children, friends, appointments, commitments. The truth is, if we don’t find a way to manage our time effectively, we can find ourselves miserable, stressed out, and struggling to do our best in the fast paced environment we all know as college life.
When proper time management skills are put into place and executed, you find yourself ahead of the curb instead of trying to keep up. Here are a few tips to get yourself on track to a less stressful existence by managing your time better.
Okay, what does that mean? First you could start by making a list. You may want to get a calendar or keep some written plans for each day/week/month. Deadlines are important. This is what makes us procrastinate in the first place. Prioritize –have a plan and write it down.
Don’t get overwhelmed because the deadlines are quickly approaching.
10-20 sessions can help to break up the pressure of doing a lot at once. Any work that needs to be completed or research that needs to be done, do it in smaller increments. Don’t bombard yourself at the last minute, trying to squeeze research and writing into the night before its due when you had three weeks to complete the assignment.
ALLOW FOR FLEXIBILITY.
When you plan ahead, make sure to leave some “wiggle room” for life’s unexpected challenges. Don’t become distracted. If you followed the previous steps, you should still have plenty of time to complete those assignments.
If you know you have a paper due soon, don’t hang out with friends the week before. That distraction can cost you time and energy that you could be using to focus on the tasks you have due.
GET SOME SLEEP.
Believe it or not, sleep does not waste your time. Not getting proper rest can make you sluggish, tired, and will have you under performing in the classroom. Don’t cheat yourself out of a good night sleep.
PLAN YOUR REWARDS.
After successfully completing the assignments, papers and projects, you should reward yourself by hanging with friends or catching a movie.
These are just a few tips to help you think about how you are managing your time. See how many of these you already implement into your daily schedule. If you see a few, good job. If you don’t see any, get busy. You’re probably wasting more time than you can afford.