Time Management seems to be a very simple concept but it can be very hard to implement for many of us. If you are reading this article, then chances are you'd like some tips on using your time even more efficiently.
Here we are going to list out some of the best time management tips we've come across. This can be especially helpful for students who are developing time-management habits that will stay with them for life.
The first thing to understand is that everybody gets the same 24 hours a day. The major difference in performance over the long-term is the way people choose to manage their time.
Based on my personal experiences, I am listing some points that you might find useful:
1. Never make a timetable
What?! This might be the first thought that popped into your head when you think of good time management. Believe me, making a schedule for the day may seem like a good idea but the truth is that it can be hard to stick to and demotivating if you don't hit the target every time. Only one out of every hundred people can follow their timetable consistently.
And for the rest of us, there are many side effects of making, but not following a time table. The two most commonly seen are disappointment and inaccuracy. Feeling constrained on time can make you feel pressured to complete a task quickly rather than well. If you're not focusing on the work at hand, it can lead to inaccuracies and mistakes.
In my perspective, it can be helpful to have some rough timelines you're working towards. It should never be a rigid timetable that if you deviate from it in the slightest your whole day is ruined. Instead, make a rough estimation of the amount of work you need to accomplish each day and try to work on it freely.
2. Be organised
Yes! You must have heard the famous saying "Cleanliness is next to godliness." You may be asking yourself what in the world this has to do with managing time.
But hang with me for a minute! Organising your study or work materials will save a lot of time. Many students have their materials so disorganized that to find one bit of study material they have to search the whole pile again and again.
Do not do that. Decide a place for each study material and organize them accordingly. By this, can spend more time on studying and working than on merely getting ready to work.
3. Use sticky notes
Write down important formulae or anything else you feel is important to retain and stick it on the wall. This will help you in saving your time looking up concepts over and over again, at least until you have them well memorized and incorporated into your thinking.
4. Be realistic in managing your time
We are humans, not robots. If we estimate the time to complete a task, remember that it doesn't need to get completed within that period. Be on the lookout for the times when you over- or underestimate the time tasks might take.
You can learn a lot for future reference in planning out your days ahead. Accuracy and efficiency are hard to achieve. It takes time. So be patient with yourself and keep your eye on the long-term goal.
5. Keep yourself away from social media
In this always-on digital life, time management often falls by the wayside. Many students indulge in social media and waste their time on posts, scrolling, and consuming vapid clickbait rather than focusing on knowledge that will benefit them long-term. It's not wrong to socialize but should be done wisely.
Use social apps such as YouTube for studying purposes as far as possible. Leave the rest for when all your work for the day is done.
6. Give yourself time to play outdoor games
You must be aware that there is a natural chemistry between your mental and physical health. To refresh your mind give yourself some time to play off your smartphone and outside the four walls of your room.
You'll have the added benefit of building your stamina for more mental and physical work.
7. Keep your smartphone away while studying
Speaking of smartphones, they are by far the biggest distractions of today. The temptation to check your texts or messages. The sneaky vibration that brings your attention to a new alert.
These are all rabbit holes all too easy to fall down. When your one reply turns to hours of time wasted, it's a bad thing for time management. So just keep your phones away at least while studying or working.
8. Set alarms on alarm clock only
Do not use your smartphones to set timers or alarms. Use alarm clocks for that. This will keep you away from your phones, games, and the internet.
9. Have a sleep of at least six hours
After so much work, your brain needs rest to function properly the next day. Give it a rest of at least six hours every night.
10. Set time for reviewing work
The review of all you've learned thus far is an absolute must. Set time for timely revisions on weekly basis.
There are many other ways that you can manage your time efficiently and in a proper direction. Start by taking a personal inventory of studying requirements and biggest distractions.
Organize accordingly and implement wisely.
Time management can be done and it will pay off in the long-run.