Working and going to school can be a lot to manage, especially if you’re taking the full-time workload of classes with a demanding 40 hours every week for work not to forget, trying to include a social life. But don’t stress, there is a way for you to manage through this madness, that I’m willing to share with you to help take some of that heavy stress of your shoulder. But first, I’m going to need you to do me a favor, and share this post on your social media: Pin it, share it on facebook, tweet it, help someone else in need. Don’t work about subscribing right now, I’ll leave that at the end. It’s all up to you, on whether you enjoy the content I share or not.
As a current graduate student, I know how frustrating it can be to time manage yourself. It’s difficult figuring out where to start yet along figure out where to end. In this article, I will be giving you key strategies to use to be more effective with your time management. The keys I will be handing you are keys to success. I have used most if not all and the rest I have found others who have used them and have been successful.
Now let’s get into it!
- One the first day of class, as soon as you get your syllabus for all your classes, make a semester calendar, trust me when I say this calendar will save your life when it comes down to keeping up with upcoming assignments due dates, exams, quizzes, and term papers. **If you would like a template of the semester calendar, subscribe to the newsletter**
I usually keep it color coded by classes and leave notes at the end with what I believe will be my easiest class, my hardest class, and with keynotes about my professors. I also take notes on what the class is mainly weighted on (i.e., Exams are 50% of the Final grade, 30% Class Assignments, Homework 10 %, Discussion 10%). It’s always good to note what weights more in the class, whatever weights more, you must do your best and get it reviewed before you submit it to secure a 100%. (For a complete guide to succeeding in college, check out this blog (How To Succeed in College)).
- If you stay on your phone all day, how about setting reminders on your phone for assignments. Don’t just set it for the due date but set reminders two weeks and one week prior, to give yourself some time. Now, if you’re a very successful procrastinator and do better under pressure, go ahead and set it to the day before or two days before its due. Click here for an in-depth tutorial to set reminders on your iPhone.
- Writing down everything can help you recall what needs to be done and when. Also helps when inputting reminders on your phone. As you write things down, throughout the day, draw a line through tasks you have completed. Trust me, you will feel so accomplished and have a desire to finish the rest of the tasks. Invest in a notebook to write out your to-do list. Check out this amazing notebook.
- Writing things down is great, but you’re going to need to prioritize your list. What really needs to get done first, what’s less important and can wait to be completed lastly? If you can list things in an order from most important to less important than you will be able to not feel overwhelmed when you are left to do very important things with little time. Whatever task that doesn't complete on your list today can always be placed on top of your list for tomorrow so you can complete it.
- Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep a day. If you're not fully rested your mind will not work at its full capacity, making it easier to forget to do tasks and feel fatigue. When you get a good amount of rest, your mood is better and you feel like you can accomplish a lot.
Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope these tips help you with your time management. Please feel free to share your experience with these tips or share some of your own time management tips in the comments. Thank you once again. Don’t forget to share this blog post and subscribe! :)