He had something of an epiphany after considering that we are all going to die, and it transformed his time management philosophy. He now wakes daily at 9am after a nine-hour sleep, works for four hours per day, and goes to the gym and reads daily. He uses several time management strategies, including to-do lists, calendars and timers, but not to stuff his life with work. Rather, he says, these tools “should allow you to take control of your life, and then structure your work around it”.
Time management skills that improve student learning
In today’s busy world, time management skills for students are increasingly important. While you might be yearning for a simpler era when time seemed to move more slowly, the realities of participation in contemporary western society requires young people to have skills in efficiency and productivity.
While ACC does not advocate for an obsessive, micro-managing approach to a student’s daily life, we do believe it’s important for them to set goals and learn to be effective time managers. In this article, we’ll discuss why time management matters, and list several techniques to help students learn to prioritise and manage time effectively.
What is Time Management?
Each one of us has 24 hours a day and how we spend it completely depends on us. As the term suggests, time management is organizing your time and making the most of your daily routine. It is the ability to use each hour effectively. Managing time not only makes us complete our work but also give us ample time for ourselves. People can work smarter when they learn to manage their time effectively. However, each human is wired uniquely different. Hence, it is important to know that each one of our schedules might depend on several intrinsic factors and can be influenced by multiple external factors.
While some people find it difficult to manage their time, others manage their time better because they have certain skills. Time management requires habituating oneself to a disciplined schedule. Here are a few time management skills you can inculcate in your daily routine.
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” — Tony Robbins
Time management tips for students
1. Define and prioritize your tasks
Before setting aside any time to get your work done, you have to narrow down what you need to get done and arrange it in order of importance. Create a checklist of everything you need to get done, such as assignments, projects, study groups, etc., and add in their deadlines. This will help you arrange them in order of importance. If the list seems long, try grouping similar tasks together so you can get them done at the same time. After completing them, you can cross them off the list to help you keep track of what you have done and make sure nothing’s forgotten.
2. Break down tasks into smaller tasks
You can easily get overwhelmed if you have to tackle a massive project at once. If you have to write and turn in a 20-page report, you can get overwhelmed doing it all at once. However, if you do two pages a day, you will be done in about ten days. The thought of working on a 2-page report is less intimidating than working on 20 pages.
3. Have a master schedule
Creating a master schedule can help you quickly pencil in essential tasks and anything else you need to get done. A master schedule can serve as a template to create other timetables or an overall schedule to have all your tasks listed. A master schedule can be anything for scheduling tasks in time blocks to detailing them in a more elaborate time table.
4. Reward yourself
Getting through a to-do list is no easy task. Effectively managing time is a habit that needs to be nurtured, and rewards can reinforce this habit. Celebrations are fun, so whenever you complete a task, celebrate the win, whether big or small. It will assist you in establishing a routine that will eventually turn into a habit.
5. Be realistic and flexible
As a student, you can’t dedicate 24 hours to studying; you need to get other things done. There’s class, extracurriculars, sleep, etc. find out how much free time you have. Once you do, you can allocate time for the activities you have to complete. This is where working smarter comes in. You want to utilize your time well. However, keep in mind that tasks often take longer than you expect, so allocate a bit more time if you end up spending more time than you thought you would on a job.
Despite how important time management is, it is not taught in class as a subject. However, it is the first step towards success. Now that you know the importance of time management, you can easily apply the tips listed above to effectively manage your time in school and make the most of every day.