Tick tock, tick tock, you’re waiting for time to fly by as fast as it can, but the very sound of a clock ticking is a reminder to you for all the work you need to accomplish and how long it’s going to take. This clock Is not necessarily a real one, it can even be an imaginary one we create in our heads. It is first meant to be a reminder but then it turns into constant nagging, which makes us nervous and in-turn makes us ignore the work at hand.
College is stressful, especially during the peak months of finals or mid-terms or even a normal week. Sometimes the workload is so much that we think our best option is to simply ignore it: no stress. In reality, when we pile up all our work, we have less time for important projects and submissions. This means more stress and double/triple the amount of workload and in the end, all of this becomes too much to handle.
I struggled with time management a lot during my school days but when going to college, I implemented all that I did not during school and managed to squeeze by just fine and be less stressed and have a lot more time on my hand.
Time management tips for College students – Overcome basic problems while managing your time
Here are some tips I feel will help you overcome the basic problems of time management:
1. The List
This is one of the most obvious yet crucial tips. Make a list for the week. Add, every day, the things you need to accomplish, be it going and getting materials or the work you need to get done. This list will allow you to know what needs to get done when, and you don’t forget any of it. This takes care of the most important thing: knowing what you need to get done. You can use various mobile apps to track your list or simple pocket notepad will work too.
Once the list has been made, the next thing to do is map out which tasks need your immediate attention and which ones can wait a bit. Prioritization allows you to finish and keep ahead of your work, not allowing you to slack off and leave it for the last minute. You are able to give your 100% effort to it.
3. Get the easy things out of the way
This point may be very contradictory to the one above but it helps one get a head start at the things they need to achieve. If you tackle the tasks that you know are easy and won’t take much time, get them out of the way even if they don’t hold a high priority. Getting them done will boost your energy and enthusiasm to get the bigger and harder tasks started.
4. Set a time
Yet again another very classic tip. Usually when I came back from college I was tired and very lazy to get right down to work. So, I decided that I would set a time for when I would begin to work, and when I would give myself a long break. I came home from college at 4, had my snacks at 5 and by 5:45-6:00 I would work until 8:30(dinner time.
5. No electronic zone
A good way to make good use of your time, is to only focus entirely on what you are doing. Submerging yourself in your work makes you give your 100% and have no regret that you could have done better. The best way to achieve this is to keep your electronics such as your phone or laptop away from you. Use it if only absolutely necessary. If you know the work your doing does not require any internet then turn of the electronics Wi-Fi for the time being.
6. Just do it
This tip has helped me the most. When I knew that for the rest of the day for that particular class, the homework was assigned and meant to be submitted the following week, I would push myself to get most of it done that day itself. I would do this for most of my classes. Thus, some weekends were free for me and I could go and explore simply because I got right down to it.
Do the work (try to do a good amount of it) that day itself and have little to almost no work on the weekends.
Now the question that arises is how do all these tips help in time management? It’s a very simple concept.
When we don’t have distractions and know how to tackle procrastination then we are able to get the work done. We begin to make better use of our time, keep sufficient time for each task and lessen the amount of stress we would take if not for management of time.
Time management is not impossible. We simply need to find ways that suit our methods and then we are ready to go.