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The Ultimate Guide for Students to Schedule the Day

Time management is essential in virtually all aspects of life. In many academic circles, your ability to effectively use your time is regarded more highly than how smart you are in academics.

This article will provide the ultimate guide to time management for students.

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1. Identify What You Have To Do

When you start out your day, there is one essential thing that you need to identify – all the activities that you require to do. Rank them with special regard to urgency and importance. After that, prioritize them and allot specific time to each. They could include assignments, work shifts, and classes.

2. Assess Your Time

The only sure way of knowing how much time you use up for specific activities during the day is by doing time assessment. Time assessment basically involves tracking everything that you do within a specific time period, say, in a day or a week. In a weekly time frame, you could single out activities such as exercising, watching TV, shopping, reading, and others and track the total time used for each of them during the week.

After you have done this, you can identify the activities that take too much of your time. After identifying them, you can make adjustments. Adjustment, in this case, refers to eliminating those activities that are not worth your time, devoting more time to important activities, and reducing the time spent on non-productive activities.

3. Make a Schedule

Schedules are an important part of time management. Put it down in writing after setting all your priorities. The majority of students schedule their time on a weekly basis. A good schedule should:

  • List all your fixed commitments. In the case of students, these could include workshops, classes, capacity building activities or even part time jobs.
  • List all non-academic activities such as recreation, socializing, and workout sessions.

Of importance is scheduling study time. Reserve substantial periods in the day specifically for studying. Study only when you are the most alert in order to have fruitful study sessions.

An important part of making a schedule is timetabling.

Timetabling has various benefits. A well-crafted timetable helps:

In enhancing productivity. This is because you already know what is expected of you before you embark on a certain task. Thus, you will be geared to produce results in the most organized way possible.

In reducing procrastination. When you have a list of activities that you have to do, you are more inclined to settle and get the activities done as opposed to when you do not have a clear list. Thus, you will refrain from procrastinating.

In being realistic with your time. Yes, when you craft a timetable, you are better placed to know the exact amount of time needed for activities such as writing and reading. Without a timetable, you are not able to clearly know how much of your time these activities take.

In tracking your progress. When you are slowly completing the assigned activities from your timetable, you are able to gauge and track progress that you are making as the day progresses as far as completing all scheduled activities is concerned.

4. Be Flexible

A good practice in time management is flexibility. When you allocate time for a certain task, you have to accept the fact that things do not always go as planned. You may allocate 15 hours in a week for a certain activity, say, attending tutoring sessions. At times, it may take longer or shorter. At other times, some unexpected events may arise and hence you may need to trade off some activities. All this requires flexibility on your part. Allow a window for change and a little extra time in case an activity takes longer than it should or in case an activity has special requirements.

5. Employ the Use of Review Cards

Review cards can help you a great deal. They can be helpful in reminding you about important activities that you may need to do in the day. The review cards are best kept in places that you normally pass frequently. This could be the bathroom mirror or the fridge door.

6. Learn To Be Assertive

Being assertive while in college is very important, especially for time management. Otherwise, you will go in every direction that your peers take you. To illustrate, you might have an impending assignment deadline but your friends are asking you to accompany them to the movies. You know very well that you have not finished your task and that you will not be able to finish it if you go out. Perhaps, after the movie, you will go for some drinks with your friends hence compromising your ability to write in a sober way.

Well, while there may not be anything wrong with going to the movies and getting a few drinks after, setting your priorities straight is important. Being able to say no is important in cases where you have to manage your time wisely. In this case here, your academics have the top most priority, unlike the recreational activities. You should be assertive and say no in order to finish the assignment and only then, you may go to the movies.

7. Avoid Procrastination By All Means

The majority of students fall victim to this vice. Especially when it comes to studying, most students procrastinate. It is assumed that studying can be done at a later time other than that for which it was scheduled. If you’re a culprit, the best way to overcome this vice is by choosing an environment that will enable you to focus. Avoid all places that you know will offer a distraction. If need be, avoid also those friends that you know will make you procrastinate.

8. Get In Touch With Your Work Rhythm

Everyone has their own rhythm. Some students study well in the mornings while others study well during the night. If you are a morning person, then utilize all your mornings for study activities. If you work well at night, utilize all your nights. Do not force yourself to work during periods when you know your productivity is below its peak. You can do all other activities at other times during the day but when your productive time comes, engage exclusively in studying.

It is indeed vital to discover your unique rhythm. After discovering it, organize your time and activities around it.

Lastly, do not forget to get some sleep. Sleep is an essential part of living. Most students forgo sleep in order to engage in other peculiar activities. You can surely relate to cases where students forgo their sleep, especially during exam periods in order to cram all they can on the night of the exam. However, it is important to remember that sleep is vital. Your body needs rest. Rest has been proven to enhance bodily functions. When you get adequate rest, your body functions optimally.

In fact, when you do not get enough sleep, your brain has a hard time perceiving new information. Thus, as far as studying is concerned, there are more negatives than positives when you lose your sleep. To keep your mind functioning optimally, schedule at least seven hours of sleep in a day. This way, you will avoid fatigue and tension. Your mind will be fresh and will be able to perceive and retain more information.

Conclusion

Every person ought to manage their time, especially students, as it’s the key to proper organization in life. Time is a valuable resource, hence it needs to be properly utilized and it’s an important element in academics. If you write the schedule for the day, it will help you maintain focus and accomplish the tasks you set for yourself. Good luck!

Bio:

Richard Nolan is a writer and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of  writing, blogging and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students. Currently, Richard works as a general blog editor for ProWritersCenter.

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