Time management is something many individuals struggle with. How can we fit everything we want to do into one day, one week, etc. How can we complete the tasks required of us – in school, work, at home. This week, discuss ways to better manage time as a student/a student with a job. Are there time management skills you are using now as a student that you can use when you enter the working world?
I can definitely say that my time management is up and down. One week, I’m great with it and the next, I’m losing track of my life. I can honestly say that I am always able to give others advice on managing time, but I can barely keep up with my own! Which this is how I contradict myself (laughs). But, here it goes…
I feel that students can manage their time by using the Google calendars attached to their phones, the tasks list that comes with the phone’s apps that allows you to set scheduled alarms, or even using a physical planner. Setting To-Do lists also helps on a larger scale. I can honestly say that not only will you get the majority of your tasks completed, but you will feel some sort of accomplishment when you realize that you’ve done work that’s not even due until the following week.
These are definitely helpful to me, but I’d rather have something physical in my hand to look at. I manage my time by using a planner. I like to write out my tasks, including home duties and all of my assignments that are due, or that will be due soon. I even have to remind myself to call home during the week, because I get so busy and forget!
This semester, I went and brought a simple notebook. I turned this notebook into a complete planner within a week. I drew lines and even set-up hourly time blocks; I pretty much decorated to the point where it was cute and chic for me! I wrote down my class schedule, the assignments I had due and the upcoming duties I needed to fulfill. This is what works for me, maybe it will help someone else. I admit that completing my To-Do lists in a full day gets tiring, but this is how I expect to live my life in the ‘real world.’ I expect to stay busy and I assume that the career that I have will expect nothing less of me, but to be on top of things.
I was thinking of trying something different with managing my time, though. I was wanting to try giving myself a frame on how much time I spend on each tasks. For instance, if I have to read a chapter for class, I would set an hour of time to be done with the chapter and any notes that I would take. I think this could work, maybe.
We shall see!