7 Time Management Tips for Students

7 Time Management Tips for Students
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    It may seem impossible to survive this semester. You have so much to do, the expectations are high, and if you're also employed, juggling everything can feel utterly impossible.

    If you often find yourself at the point where you're slamming your head against your desk in an attempt to clear your thoughts, you need to find a way out of that dilemma.

    When things get tough, the only thing you can do to catch a break is manage your time well.


1. Think About What’s Necessary

There are things you’d like to do, and there are things you need to do. You’d probably like to go through your closet and donate the things you aren’t wearing anymore, but you probably need to throw away the food that’s rotting in the fridge. When you’re planning your day, the needs always come before the wants. Prioritize anything with a sense of urgency, especially if deadlines are approaching.

2. Envision a Balanced Day

In a perfect world, you’ll be able to study, do your laundry, have lunch with friends, and still have some time for Netflix before bed. Start playing around with minor details to envision how your day could be completely balanced from beginning to end. Once you see a logical path, try your best to start modelling your plans that way.

3. Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room 

Stuff happens. You may not be able to follow your schedule to the letter. In the event that you can’t, you need to be able to shift your priorities accordingly. If there’s a hang up that prevents you from being able to accomplish an important task, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have free time. Swap it with the task you wanted to accomplish tomorrow, and run everything the same way. On the other hand, if something important has come up and you have to change things around, there’s no harm in doing that once in a while. Just don’t let flexibility become an excuse to be irresponsible.

4. Deal with FOMO

FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is a real thing. Every student experiences this to some degree. You’re overwhelmed, finals are coming up, and you haven’t studied as much as you should have. Your friends, who finished everything on time, want to go out and let loose. You don’t want them to forget about you, but the consequences are dire if you neglect the important stuff. Plan specific days where you can go out, and don’t let FOMO run your schedule.

5. Understand Procrastination

There’s a difference between juggling priorities, getting sidetracked, and procrastinating. You may be confusing one with the other, when you really have a tendency to put things off until the last minute. By being able to recognize things in the order of importance and tackle them accordingly, you’re less likely to procrastinate. If you need to, withhold all “rewards” (any fun experiences or relaxation time) from yourself until you’ve accomplished a satisfactory amount of things on your “most important” list.

6. Make Time for Your Health

Things happen in school. You get busy, you’re stuck at a desk, and you don’t have time to cook. This can lead to weight gain and fatigue. If you aren’t finding the time to take care of yourself, you’ll feel worse and accomplish less. Try to cook at least one meal for yourself per day from fresh ingredients. Making enough to have leftovers will save you time while helping you incorporate another healthy meal. If you can combine that with walking at least 20 minutes a day, you’ll find you feel better.

7. Sleep

Never sacrifice sleep. You need between 6 and 8 hours a night, no matter how you look at it. If your schedule is interfering with your ability to get a decent amount of sleep, your priorities are out of whack and you need to fix things. Lack of sleep can decrease your ability to retain and recite information, and that’s the last problem you need in school. Even if it means giving yourself a bedtime, make sure you’re sleeping enough.

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If you can objectively examine your daily routine, you may realize you aren’t as overwhelmed as you initially thought. Bad time management only leads to more stress, and stress can have negative effects on your physical and mental well-being. Buy yourself a daily planner, and start using it.

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