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Time Management

on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 23:24
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Time Management

“You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé

Are you late for assignments, generally stressing or missing activities and around the campus?

Does it sometimes feel like there's not enough hours in the day? Well, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but how come some people make more progress in a day than you can in a week? It all comes down to time management, the art of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.

University isn’t just about getting good grades in your exams, it’s also about skill development. During your time in university, you will develop many (new) skills, one of which could be time management. Essential in the workplace.

Here are some tips you can practice to become a master of this fine art. It may seem senseless to spend precious time working on time management but trust me, the benefits are enormous, including eliminating all those aforementioned problems.

 

  • Set goals & make plans: Examples could be aiming to do well in your exams, then planning to study for a time everyday, or trying to make a college team and planning to practice for a few hours each week. Get a wall planner and mark out the dates that you have deadlines, but don't fall behind in your studies because you say yes to everyone who asks you to hang out.
  • Prioritise: This is NOT putting certain items ahead of others on a to-do list. Prioritisation should always begin with avoiding/eliminating the tasks which you should not be performing. An example is not putting "go to every society meeting" in your task list. Being busy isn't the same as being effective.
  • Get to know your timetable: It is imperative that you know your timetable, and know it well.  We need to be able to manage our workload and know what is expected of us and when.  In order for this to be achieved we have to be able to manage our time so we can have both work and play. Now this make take a little bit of trial and error but once you have a schedule in place that accommodates for everything lectures, studying, societies, clubs and socialising you will have cracked the code and will be on the road to success.
  • Become one with your time: The environment in which you spend the majority of your time in will make a huge difference in how you manage your time. Everyone has the same amount of time. How you spend it is unique. It is up to you to tailor that 24 hours in the day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute to what you want or need to do. Do not try and adapt yourself to someone else’s work schedule, this will not work. Find your own strengths and weaknesses then adapt to them. It is the best way to manage you time.
  • Patience and forgiveness: Not everyone is going to get it right immediately. You can't be too hard on yourself. There are times when you won't be able, emotionally and physically to keep to your plans. BUT, don't give up on them! You have to forgive yourself and keep trying. Don't worry! Eventually, you'll get it.
  • Sticky notes – WOW: Sticky notes are God’s gift to students. At the end of each day, try making a list of each lecture covered so that you know what you have done. Keep track of assignments you need to do in order of when they are due. Then, when you sit down to study you know exactly what needs to be done and you won’t lose track. Taking five minutes every day right now could save you five hours later on.
  • Do what works best for you: The most important thing to remember is to always follow a plan that works for you. Some people are, by nature, more alert early in the morning, but crash once six o’clock comes around. If this sounds like you, make the most of those foggy mornings and try going to the library or the gym before lectures start. For others, that can be easier said than done. All of those one hour breaks between lectures add up, so instead of going for your third cup of coffee simply to kill time, head into the library or the gym for the hour. It may not seem like a lot, but you’ll be grateful of the time you put in once exams come around.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed in college if you don’t keep on top of your work. Do little bits and pieces every day and not leave things until last minute. When faced with essays and projects I found it easier to task myself every day with bite-size chunks of work that would only take about half an hour to do, like researching one day, writing an introduction the next, writing up a spreadsheet the day after that. In this way I found that I had far less work and got less stressed coming closer to the deadline as I had already had so much done. Breaking up work like this helped me overcome a lot of procrastinating and helped me to avoid becoming overwhelmed when three or four assignments are due in the same week (it does happen!)

So take your time, make it your own and do your best. That is all you can do.