Your alarm goes off, but before you can close your eyes and hit “snooze,” you jump up with excitement because you’ve got a plan!
With the number of tasks you have on your plate, you may otherwise become easily overwhelmed or stressed out. With a schedule in place and the ability to manage your time, you’ll be able to perform better with less chaos in your life.
The Importance of Time Management for a Student-
Time management refers to the productive use of time. It involves choosing and scheduling how and when you will cross off tasks and organize your day so that you can get done everything that you need to. As a student, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate from school alone – from studying to attending lectures (online or in-person), and fulfilling assignments, to name a few. Plus, you’ll have to couple that with anything you have to do outside of school, such as taking care of a family, sustaining a job, interning, etc.
With a clear schedule and time management skills, you can alleviate stress, stay productive, and know how to balance fun with work.
How to Make a Daily Schedule for Students-
To take proper control over your time management, here’s some of the tips how to make a daily schedule for students:
1. LIST TO-DO-ITEMS
Start by listing everything you need to do. It makes the most sense to create your list in terms of priorities or deadlines. You can use digital tools or write your list by hand or on a whiteboard. If you have access to a whiteboard, it can be a great tool because you can visualize your list, and then organize it all by priority without having to waste any paper.
With your list written, you can start to schedule what you have to do by the days of the week. Again, base this on priorities and whatever deadlines may be coming first. It’s recommended to balance your activities so you don’t become overwhelmed. For example, if you have some tasks for school, social events, familial obligations, and any at-home work for your job, try to mix and match them throughout the day so you don’t get bored.
3.SET A DESIGNATED SPACE
When you gear up to study, try to do so in a consistent and dedicated space. This way, you can reduce distractions and train your brain to be prepared for school tasks as soon as you get to your study space.
4. TAKE BREAKS
As you try to maximize your time, you may feel pressured to be productive at all times. However, this could lead to burnout and be counterproductive in the end. To avoid these feelings of exhaustion or maxing out, remember to take breaks.
The chances are high that unexpected events will appear in your daily schedule and you’ll have to adjust to whatever you had planned. Rather than worrying or freaking out, just decide where you’ll trade your time to make up for the missed activity.
There’s a lot of technology that exists to help students schedule and manage their time. Check out this list of time management apps that can be of service. The tools can be as simple as a calendar to as detailed as timing your tasks and analyzing when you’re most productive.
Study Plans for Students-
To create an effective study plan for yourself, keep in mind the following best practices:
Analyze learning style-
Make sure that you know your learning style. By knowing your learning style, you can maximize the quality of the time you spend studying. For example, some people do better by seeing concepts visually, whereas others would prefer to listen to lectures.
List Subjects and Prioritize-
Make a list of the subjects you are enrolled in and list the upcoming assignments and tests in order of what’s coming soonest. Then, you can base what you tackle first according to deadlines.
With whatever you get accomplished, remember to reward yourself to keep the momentum going! Rewards can be in the form of buying something you’ve been saving up for, treating yourself to a great meal or self-care day, or even simply relaxing. By rewarding yourself, you have something to look forward to when you are dreading a task or tired. Along with the momentum you gain throughout the process, you’ll also get to enjoy your reward thereafter.
You have it in your power to spend your time as you wish. When you schedule and plan in advance, you can get more done, reduce your stress levels, and create more time in your day to do the things you enjoy.