Time management can be a difficult thing to master now that the structure of school has gone. It’s important to be self-disciplined and develop good habits now for the future. Be that person where everyone goes ‘wow I wish I were as good you’. To do that, follow these tips!
Babes, just get on with it. Pop your phone on do not disturb, chuck it on your bed and quit the Netflix tab. It’s not hard. Just do it. And no, you’re not actually hungry, you just think you are, so you’ll spend another 15 minutes munching sandwiches*. The sooner you start, the sooner you finish. Simple as.
*Remember to schedule in breaks though, and to definitely eat. Your brain needs food to work! It won’t go to your hips, I swear.
Stop sleeping in
I don’t mean stop sleeping altogether, but there’s a fashion for getting up at midday and um, no. I am most definitely NOT a morning person but even I think 11 is pushing it. If you can work from bed, go for it, as long as you’re cracking on. Honestly, there’s plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead. Hint: go to bed earlier if you’re sleeping in late. Oh, and pulling all-nighters is a no-no too. They’re awful for you, they’ll do more bad than good and it’s just not a vibe. If you get on with stuff, you won’t have to.
Write out a list of what you need to do. Everything. From emptying your bin to tackling that essay, stick it on there. Then you can…
… note down when it has to be done by and number the importance of it. For example, taking out the bin is important because ew, smelly, but it takes about 20 seconds unlike your lab report which will take a few hours. I find it useful to note down your top three things which must get done today and anything after that is a bonus. If there’s more than three things, you’ve probably been procrastinating, so let me redirect you to my first point!
Make a timetable
Now that you know what needs to be done and when, you can make a mini timetable for the week. Whether you cross things off for the satisfaction is up to you, but it’s useful to have a timetable to stick to so you know when to tear yourself away from Netflix. In addition, I’d advise making a timetable for your lectures, so you know what you have and when. My schedule changes all the time but it’s easy for me to adjust as I can look at my calendar and see that next Monday I’m in from 9 until 6 so I can go round to my friend’s house from 7 onwards. This will really help you gain back some time.
Don’t become fixated
As in, go with the flow. If something takes longer than expected, so be it. Take it in your stride and move on to the next task. If you finish sooner, hurrah. It’s okay if one day you say ‘nope’ and have a day without chores and instead spend it relaxing but don’t abuse this privilege. By ensuring your top three things get done each day, you should be on top of things. Don’t forget, on one day your top three could be ‘lecture capture that final lecture, hoover the floor and meal prep’. Easy!
With all the lists and timetables I’ve suggested, you must be feeling pretty organised. However, it’s important to also know what you’re doing, when and how you’re going about it. Keep track of deadlines so you’re not rushing last minute. Be sure to know what tools you require to achieve your goals now and tomorrow e.g. a charged laptop, a pencil. Plug her in and sharpen away!
Make your bed. Put your clothes away. Remove moulding dishes. I’m not saying dust your room from top to bottom as a form of procrastination (if you haven’t gathered, procrastination is bad), but keep it in check. I fully believe a messy room is a messy mind, and I can’t work unless my bed is made. Genuinely. If you thrive in an organised mess, that’s okay because you must do what works for you but make sure it *is* organised so you know where tomorrow’s resources are.
At the end of the day, it is important to relax. I find television to be the quickest fix for me, but reading is thoroughly enjoyable. Knitting, listening to music, painting, journaling, chatting to friends and exercising are all other ideas but do what works for you. This should be right in the evening so you can sleep well and look forward to what the day brings tomorrow. Carpe diem! Seize the day.