Students are busy, right? This is a universal truth. But complaining never does any good because we’re always met with comments like “time management is key!” or “you’re not kids anymore!”
Admittedly, I do have a problem with time management, and I know my classmates do as well.
This does not dismiss students’ claims that their workloads are too heavy, but I do agree that time management is important, not only in school but also once you enter the work force.
A few blog posts ago, I wrote about goals. Setting goals is essential to time management. It helps organize your thoughts and prioritize your tasks, which is possibly the best way to get things done. Less important things should always be left for last.
Organization helps prioritize as well. Personally, to-do lists work best for me. A new one every day is how I organize my tasks. Creating a weekly or monthly schedule could also help. Play around with a few different methods and find what works best for you. Let it be fun. The more ‘you’ it is, the more likely you are to enjoy paying attention to it.
Just because you now have a schedule does not mean you have to follow it rigorously. Allow time to relax for a few minutes or be open to schedule changes. At the same time, be realistic. Don’t switch out studying for your SATs for decorating your bedroom, for instance.
Avoid procrastination. As the poster child for procrastination, this is quite difficult for me to admit: procrastination can only be detrimental in the long run. As we advance in life, our tasks need more attention and often take much more time to complete than our 7th grade English projects did. Procrastinating might’ve flown under the radar earlier on in life but it doesn’t anymore.
Overall, time management is deeply specific to each and every one of us. We all prioritize different things and so I can’t give you an exact outline to follow. Advice I can give is that life shouldn’t be all about work. Leave some room for play.