This is one area in which I know many of us struggle. It can sometimes seem impossible to keep on top of college work and a job, all whilst maintaining a social life and spending time with family. It’s important to achieve a balance across all these factors in life and you shouldn’t feel the need to sacrifice one for the other.
The key to effective time management is good organisational skills. It’s about finding a planning and organisational system that works for you whether that’s sticking to a strict time table or creating ‘to do lists’ at the start of each day. It’s important to always have a plan of action so you know what you need to achieve by the end of the day. Some people might find a planner or a diary helpful so that they can plan ahead of time in order to stay on top of deadline whilst factoring in other commitments.
Set yourself goals, if you know you have an end goal in sight it feels so much easier to put the time aside to work towards it. Keep you end goal in sight whilst you work to help you stay on track and avoid time wasting and distraction. Netflix will still be there after you’ve handed in your assignment. And you’ll feel much better being able to fully relax in your free time without a stressful workload hanging over your head.
It’s also important to prioritise your tasks to stay on top of your work. Make a list in order of the most important things you need to do. If by the end of the day you don’t have time for everything, then at least you can rest assured that the most important tasks have been completed, and the rest you can make time for tomorrow.
Taking time out
Always remember to make time for breaks. It’s important to take regular breaks and refuel so that you don’t exhaust yourself and run out of energy. Regular breaks will help you to work more effectively and so waste less time meaning that you can achieve more in a day. A lot of people work through their lunch thinking they will get more work done but this can actually be rather counterproductive. It’s a good idea to break your work up into manageable chunks.
Reward yourself after all your hard work so that you have something to look forward to and motivate you. For example if you get up early and spend the day working it might be a good idea to go out in the afternoon and spend some time with your friends. You can relax and enjoy your time knowing that you got a lot done in the morning and so fully enjoy your time relaxing and destressing.