Time management is essential to academic success, but it’s one of those concepts that’s easier talked about than put into practice. Look no further – we’ve complied the best (and easiest) time management tips to implement into your daily life.
Read your course schedule and syllabi
This is one of the first steps to success in any course! Your course schedule and syllabus will contain important information like deadlines, policies, and even materials you may need for the class. If you’re provided with a course schedule complete with assignment due dates for the class, put reminders into your computer or mobile calendar to keep you on track. You can set an alert to notify you when something is coming due – that way you never accidentally miss an assignment.
Create a to-do list
To-do lists are an easy way to organize all of your tasks in a simple list. This can help you stay on track, and complete a certain number of things before moving on to another task. Use your time efficiently by ordering items on your list by what can be done in 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. That way you can eliminate some of the smaller tasks more quickly, and spend more time on the things that may take longer. If you’ve got long term items, assign yourself deadlines and order tasks by their “due date.” That can help break big things up into smaller, more manageable tasks, so you aren’t completing everything at the last minute.
Find a go-to study spot
The neighborhood coffee shop. Your kitchen table. Wherever you study best, make that your go-to spot. Finding a place where you are equally comfortable and productive will help you study harder and do better work. However, avoid places like your bed or couch where you might be tempted to take a nap!
Put your mobile device on “do not disturb”
In a world where we are constantly receiving notifications about every little thing, your phone can become the number one source of distraction. Putting your phone on “do not disturb” mode still allows people to reach you, but it won’t send you a distracting notification that could break your concentration. This can be helpful during class as well!
Set time limits
Use your time more efficiently by setting time limits. Allow yourself to study or work on an assignment for 20 minutes, and then take a 5-10 minute break. Then resume work again for 20 minutes, and so on. Taking breaks in between allows you a few moments to recharge, stretch your limbs, and reset before tackling another chunk of your work.