Not enough time to do everything? When you're studying at university it can be difficult to balance all the things in life that demand your time and attention. Effective planning is crucial. This guide will get you thinking about:
How you currently spend your time
The need to prioritise your tasks
And give you hints and tips on how to maximise your time management skills
Time spent planning your learning can greatly benefit your studies as:
You are more likely to avoid last minute rushes and be less stressed
You will be more likely to carry out each task more efficiently and effectively, producing higher quality pieces of work
Plus you will have more time to participate in a wider number of activities.
Key stages in managing your time include:
Planning ahead - be organised and aware of both work and social commitments
Prioritisation - discover what needs to be done by when
Action planning - how you will complete tasks and stay motivated?
Evaluating your progress on a regular basis - how are you getting on and are you are on schedule?
One of the biggest barriers to managing your time is motivating yourself to "get up and go". Writing your next assignment might not be a great motivator, but if you see it as the next step in your overall career plan you might be more encouraged to carry on.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Are you really doing what you want to be doing?
What is important to you?
What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?
What do you want to be doing in ten years time?
If you could only achieve one thing in your life, what would you like it to be?
While at university you will probably have competing commitments, for example
preparation for seminars
assignments with similar deadlines
and fun with friends and family
Use the following document to help you prioritise what's important and what can be dropped from your life at the moment: