5 Essential Time Management Tips
It’s getting to be that time of year where everyone is settled in and the stress is piling on. With classes, work, student organizations, and still trying to have a social life, plus time for yourself, time is important. Some of you may be feeling a bit overloaded. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Here are some great tools to use to help you manage your time effectively while giving you time to balance everything.
This can be the hardest thing to do to begin with. Let’s face it: If you’re reading this right now, chances are you are having an issue with managing your time well. And that’s okay. You’re in college, you’re supposed to be busy soaking up all of the experience as possible. But you have to ask yourself some real questions and answer honestly.
Find the answer to these questions by yourself:
- What do I love to do?
- What do I need to do in order to live the way that I want to live?
- Who makes me feel alive?
- How is this activity growing me?
- Does this suck the life out of me consistently?
Sit up straight, close your eyes, and search for the answers to these questions. It might not come to you right away. Keep going until you find an answer that satisfies you; don’t settle. This is you that you’re thinking about, and you deserve the very best from yourself. Once you figure it out, move on to the next section.
Use a Calendar App
This can either be your best friend or your worst enemy (or both), depending on what you do with you. But I promise you, once you commit to using a calendar app for all of your obligations – work, school, extracurriculars, family, homework, dates, events, etc. – you’ll start to feel like you’re a little bit more sane.
Once you figure our what’s most important, put it into your calendar as soon as possible. If it’s a recurring event, such as class, make sure that you set it to repeat weekly. You can even color-code the things in your calendar by category. The ability to organize within google calendar is easy.
Write Things Down
Writing things down can help you commit things to memory. That being said, if you’re in a situation where you are scheduling something and you don’t have access to your calendar at that moment, write down your notes. Don’t rely on your memory to do everything for you.
Imagine forgetting that you had an important meeting with a professor and you forgot to put it into your schedule, thus forgetting about it. How irresponsible will you feel?
When you commit to being consistent, you give yourself a chance to manage your time better. Don’t use these tips for two weeks and then give up altogether. Get into the habit of managing your time. If something isn’t working after a while, then change it.
It’s important to note that some things may feel uncomfortable for a while at first. That’s completely normal; you’re changing something in your routine and it’s going to feel unnatural at first. After about 3 weeks, you’ll be able to tell if it’s working or not. Then, if it isn’t working, adjust a few things slightly.
This process is about trial and error. Don’t be afraid to stick with something because it feels unorthodox.
Make Time for Yourself
No matter how much you’re doing, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself. Put some time in your calendar to be alone and be yourself. There’s a reason why we forget who we are sometimes; we don’t spend enough time with our own selves and that translates to a loss of self-identity.
Spend this time meditating, writing, reading, working out, or whatever it is that you enjoy doing in down time.