Steps to improve your time management skills!
Time management is a great quality of any successful student. Managing our time wisely helps us balance our daily lives and gives us more structure and moments to partake in the activities we enjoy. But when we get very busy, managing our responsibilities can sometimes become overwhelming.
If you’re a student who is having trouble completing their studies or other daily tasks, taking steps to manage and plan out your day ahead of time can help make life easier.
Here are six ways students can manage their time better:
1. Make reminders
It might be hard to stop listening to music or watching your Netflix queue. However, if you plan timed reminders to get started on homework, household chores, or other responsibilities, your time management could improve signficantly. Here are a few ways you can make reminders for yourself:
- Write reminders on post-it notes
- Set your phone alarm
- Set up notifications on your computer
- Write a schedule
- List duties on your calendar
- Get into a routine for your chores
Frequent reminders of your daily duties will notify you that it’s time to work on a task. If you plan out your day so different chores or projects begin at different times, you can build a compact schedule.
2. Avoid distractions
It’s easy to get distracted during the day. It can be hard to focus when your mind is wandering off to many different places, staring at music videos, or texting on your smartphone. One key step to completing your tasks is to avoid distractions. You need to discipline yourself if you want to stay on track with your studies, chores, and other school projects.
Here are some ways you can avoid distractions:
- Designate times to write emails
- Disable your social media accounts (during school or work hours)
- Remove clutter
- Finish short projects immediately
- Turn off your smartphone
3. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination is one of the worst habits of those with poor time management skills. Once you get into the pattern of procrastinating, it can become hard to stop. Distractions can be hard to manage especially when your mind needs some relaxation time. Take 10 minute breaks in between your chores, but remember not to procrastinate. Remind yourself that you’ll spend more energy thinking about the tasks you haven’t completed if you get distracted by the TV or your phone.
Here are some reasons to avoid procrastination:
- Improve your sleep patterns
- Improve stress levels
- Spend more time with loved ones
- Feel happier
- Feel more accomplished
- Enjoy a more traditional schedule
4. Complete the most important tasks first
One mistake for students with poor time management is that they don’t complete their most important tasks first. When you plan out your schedule for the next day, make sure you focus on work with the closest deadlines. If you think you need more time to study or learn a new concept from your class notes, begin by reviewing that particular subject. If you complete your hardest and most urgent work first, you’ll most likely have more time for smaller tasks. If you get through your most important tasks in the beginning of the day or during your designated study time, you can take a break in between. This break will help relax your mind and help you focus more on your notes. Then you can complete short, less urgent tasks, and go back to studying.
5. Batch related tasks together
People spend a lot of time in their cars or in public transit every day. Before your week begins, take some time to plan out where you need to be. Figure out how you can combine your trips to be most efficient. For example, if you need to go food shopping and there is a grocery store near your school, then plan to go right after school rather than taking a separate trip. Or if you are picking up your child at your mother’s house on Wednesday after school and your mother lives near the Dollar Store where you need a few things, then save your Dollar Store trip until that Wednesday. Avoid extra trips whenever possible, and you will find you have more time to yourself.
6. Keep your notes with you
If you want to maximize your study time, then remember to bring your notes with you wherever you go. If you commute to work or school, you may enjoy the benefits of studying during your travels. If you have free time on campus or waiting for the bus, take out your coursework and notebooks so you can go over your notes more frequently. When you study in different places, your brain forms new associations with the study material, so you could remember your notes better.
At Branford Hall Career Institute, we want to see our students succeed in their studies! If you combine all these time management tips, you could see the results of improved performance at school and develop a better lifestyle. Not only will your time management skills benefit your free time, but you will build traits that you’ll need for the rest of your life.
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