Especially finding the time to attend classes, study, work at a part time job, participate in sports or other extra-curricular activities, visit with friends and family, or just have some time to yourself. It would be great if you could increase the number of hours in a day, but short of that, making the best use of those hours can make things a lot easier – and with better results.
That’s what time management is all about: making the best use of your time so you can learn more, get better grades, have more free time, or accomplish anything else that’s important to you. But first, you need to know what’s important. Without goals and priorities, it’s too easy to drift and find out that your life is not turning out the way you hoped. By taking advantage of the resources in the three sections below, you can build a clear plan of action, including the steps for implementing it. Even better, these resources focus specifically on time management for college students.
Once you’ve laid out the big picture, you need to organize the practical details of identifying tasks to accomplish.
“Design Clear Goals. Think about what you want and what needs to be done. Be specific. If it’s getting that work project completed by the deadline, figure out a time table with realistic goals at each step. Keep your sights within reason. Having goals too big can scare you away from starting.”
Begin by setting up schedules and establishing the best time and place for studying. It is essential to make a Task List as explained by the University of Guelph. “One of the basics of effective time management is to be aware of all that needs to be done. Though many people keep track of day-to-day activities in their heads, effective time managers facilitate planning and productivity by making a task list.”.
Having clear goals and priorities, as well as a detailed schedule and task list, does not assure success as a student. The best plans can be side-tracked because of procrastination (postponing) – especially when it comes to studying. The Web resources in this section help you understand why you might procrastinate and how to avoid it. Then, 10 practical remedies for procrastination are presented.