A Guide To Managing Your Time
As college students, we have a multitude of different activities, events and work on our plates. Balancing social, student, and work life is something everyone struggles with and trying to manage it all can make it even more stressful. Time management is defined as the different ways to organize and create a time schedule for yourself in order to achieve goals. Time is one of the most valuable resources we have. Moments cannot be redone or saved, so its important to view your time as precious. Everything we do in life costs us time and learning to manage it can help you find more time do to more things! Let’s start with the basics.
Procrastination: the word we all know and hate. We all say its fun and games and have even turned it into a personality trait, but procrastinating can lead to multiple issues. We have many roles we have to fulfill and tasks we have to complete, and procrastination keeps you from getting those tasks completed. A good rule of thumb is start by writing down all of the things you need to do that week or day. If you write out a list you are more likely to complete your work. Start with the little things you can get done quickly and tackle the larger jobs in chunks.
Turn Off Distractions
We are constantly stimulated and targeted to engage in all sorts of entertainment. It feels so easy to switch from app to app, to your email, to Netflix and then to Twitter. We waste so much time consuming content that may not be as important as studying for that exam or writing that paper! Set aside some time to do work, turn off your phone and put away all distractions. Once you finish your task, give yourself a little break before moving on to the next activity.
At times we find doing tasks difficult because we have to sift through clutter to find what we are looking for. Taking time to organize your desk, schedule, and email can help you achieve your goals more effectively. By sorting through your tools and becoming more organized you will find that you will have more time in the day by having your resources easily accessible to you. Organization can also help you realize what is the most important task and what can wait a little longer.
Take Care of Yourself
Being in a good state of mental health might be the most important rule for time management. When we aren’t taking care of ourselves, how are we supposed to take care of our tasks and activities? When our body and mind are out of whack, they can take a toll on our performance. Remember to get a good night’s rest, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly. Also make sure you schedule in breaks for yourself during the day. In between activities, take a break and check your phone or engage in something you want to do. Find a balance between what you want to do and what you need to do.
This is a process and it takes time (literally) to get into a routine of being more mindful about time management. Take your time and don’t push yourself to be perfect. The pieces will fall into place as you try to adjust your schedule to be more resourceful with your time. Time is not something you can control, but you should make the most of it!