Top tips on how to effectively manage your time
As uni students, it’s easy to be tied up with commitments. From work to attending classes, writing assignments, study, clubs, sports and more. Often leaving us feeling with much to do in so little time, it’s important to plan and utilise this time in the best way possible. Here are some top tips to help you effectively manage your time this trimester!
Work out what you have to do
The first step in improving time management is to work out what needs to be done. Listing your tasks will not only provide a visual representation, it will also make it easier to delegate time and prioritise the tasks that need to be done, ensuring you don’t miss something important!
Create a schedule
Creating a schedule using Outlook’s tasks and calendar feature allows you to plan when you are going to do each task. Not only will you be making the most of the time you have, it also means you are more likely to complete the tasks needed. Fitting time in for work, uni and other commitments, be sure to schedule this in to make sure you provide enough time for everything that needs to be done.
Be creative with your time
Being creative with your time can help you get things done even when you think you don’t have the time. Whether you catch public transport, or drive to uni or work, it is the perfect time to listen to a lecture to revise or catch up on the week’s topics. Also, if you have gaps between classes, use this to your advantage being on campus as time to prepare and reflect on your studies.
To make good use of your time, it is important to limit procrastination and distractions. Whilst easier said then done, think about previous times you have studied and determine where and when you tend to get most work done. Paying close attention to what environment and techniques work for you allows you to spend your study time being as productive as possible.
To ensure that you continue to use your time wisely, it is always a good idea to regularly review your schedule and ensure it is effective.
By Shania Wood