Do you feel a constant lack of time? Do you procrastinate on the sofa and then try to do everything at the last minute? Then, you should know that you can manage your time by learning how to organize it.
Good Solutions from the Beginning of Academic Year
«This year, I decided to start playing sports!» – said Jenny. «And I will try to send my essays on time,» – Alex replies to his friend standing near the university. When you go back to school, and also when a year or a semester begins, it is the perfect time to revive your good resolutions. For instance, you can be better at organizing and using your time. Whether it is – your studies, your job or your age, you often tend to miss all the deadlines: «Oh, I forgot to send my email», «I had to call in», «I should read this huge book for my class tomorrow», «I should write 1000 words for my essay tonight», etc. In this article, we will give you a solution and help you send your essays before deadlines so you will not consider time as a tyrant who constantly dictates what you must do.
Time Can Be Your Friend
First of all, this solution consists of mentally changing your image of time: this dictator, that relentless master who oppresses you – you can imagine it as an ally, a joker or as an amiable servant who is ready to help you. How would you do that? By simply taking the control over your time back. Are not you the pilot of your life? Consider time as a tool that can help you achieve your goals. Are you tired? Your friend time has a wonderful weekend in store that can allow you to have a rest. Your exam or essay deadline is dramatically close? Your friend time can still offer you eight amazing days for revision of your books and notes.
Organize Your Plans
Either you let things accumulate in your brain and around you, or you organize them and decide that your brain is used to control your life so you can choose what you want to do, taking into account your environment, but also your abilities, your desires and your needs.
Organizing Is Noticing, Analyzing and Deciding
Okay, but how can you organize your plans? Since time is your friend, you have to give it clear indications: it is only you who controls your life. In practical terms, this means that you should list everything you have to do, and you have to include everything that need your time. List activities that you feel you need to spend some time on: working, studying, meeting with friends, organizing a party, playing sports, reading, taking dance classes, getting your bicycle repaired, going to some interesting events and so on. Remember to mention all things that clutter your mind and to gather everything physically in your notebook. You should do it so that you will not forget anything. It will not only help you have a general idea, but also but allow you to empty your head and begin to relax.
Decide What You Really Want to Do
The most essential aspect to consider is your priorities, and you can think about other activities only after determining your priorities. Just because a friend sends you a video, or because your mobile operator offers you an «irresistible offer», you do not have to agree. Having all your pressing matters written down in front of your eyes makes it possible to see that there are more important things. There are only 24 hours a day, so you have to make choices and sacrifices. Begin by setting your annual priorities: the regular activities you really want to succeed in, starting with your studies (writing essays, course paper and personal work)! Then the obligatory activities (transport, meals, sleep) and finally the ones you choose (sports, friends, free time).
Plan Your Activities in Advance
Time will be a very good friend if you tell it in what order to act in advance. A lot of tools can help you do this: schedules, planning courses, organizers, mobile applications, etc. Choose the most convenient one for you. You can make weekly schedules to harmonize work (for example, writing essays) and free time, and other types to properly organize your holidays with your friends, or for exam preparation and writing a final essay. The main advantage is that once an activity is programmed in time and well noted in the chosen tool, you can think of something else. An alert will remind you what you should not forget about. Alternatively, you will get used to consult your schedule every morning. If it is planned and written down, it will be done. You will definitely be less worried and less stressed.
What If You Cannot Keep the Schedule?
Do not hesitate to modify it slightly, give yourself some freedom. After all, you are the master of your time: it is necessary to do fewer things if you need more sleep or time to finish your essay before the deadline. Manage your time in order to be more efficient and less stressed. You have to know how to put things in the right order at the right time. You work better when you are feeling fresh and well-rested, so leave more time to write an essay, relax when you are stressed, sleep when you are sleepy, make yourself available for your friends and family, and so on.
There Are Also Things That Cannot Wait, So How to Prioritize?
We will give you some tricks. First of all, distinguish the urgent and the important: the urgent activity is a task that should be finished very quickly. It is a gift for the anniversary that is celebrated tomorrow, preparing for an exam that takes place in 8 days, shopping for the guests who are going to visit today, writing the essay if the deadline is tonight, etc. But there are also important things that you should not forget to plan in advance: starting your job search, taking steps to have your passport redone, starting reviewing your notes, writing an introduction for an essay. If you only do the urgent things, you neglect the important things that will quickly become urgent in turn. And you will always be running out of time!
Adopt Regular Rhythms or Routines
It is easier to do things if they are planned according to your job schedule on a regular basis: do sports once a week, visit your parents every Sunday, get ready for your classes every evening, look for material for your essay for half an hour every evening. If your activity is regular, you get used to the rhythm and it becomes a habit, the effort to get there is less.
Consider Your Personal Rhythms
Are you a morning person or an evening person? Do you need a lot of sleep? Do you like to take a break at noon or do you prefer to work «non-stop»? We are all different. Consider your biological rhythms in your organization and planning. And beware of activities on the Internet that make you lose the notion of time. This will help you avoid pressure and fatigue.
Take Care of Your Memory and Concentration
To stay focused, take regular breaks when you study and do not spend several hours on the same subject without stopping. Similarly, it is better to learn information in several close steps rather than to want to learn all at once. So plan your work sessions astutely and learn to use all available time. For instance, you can use a long Sunday afternoon to write an essay, to find time to re-read your notes or to do quizzes, to read a book, etc.
For Students: Why Should You Organize Your Time and Study Process?
If you are a student, good time management can allow you to study more regularly, and therefore – get better results, to have better concentration when you work and memorize faster and better. Also, you will keep your entertainment, rest, sports, work and study time in balance, which makes it possible to do more things. Finally, you will feel less stressed, more peaceful and more available for your friends and family.
Do You Want All This?
It is true that achieving this balance in extremely difficult, especially when you are tempted to multiply the activities. Moreover, there are many tools for entertainment that are offered by the web (video games, movies, social networks) which can be time-consuming and disconnect you from real time.
Carpe Diem: Take Advantage of the Present Time
When everything has found its right place in your work plan, you only have to taste the grace of each moment. When you are in the office, in college, in a meeting, you must concentrate on your work, put all your strength in it and try to leave out other concerns. When you share a meal with your family, enjoy this moment and be interested in what your children, spouse or parents have to say. When you walk in the street one beautiful autumn morning, enjoy the sunshine that gilds your face. More often than not, we do not feel the present moment because we are living in another place, space and time. We care about what happened or what will happen. But the past cannot be changed and the future is largely unknown to us. On the contrary, you can act and devote all your attention to the present moment. The quality of your relationships, studying, work and your internal state will benefit a lot from it!
You Need Some Time to Change
Time sometimes seems long, empty and useless. We often want things to go faster. We want everything and right away. Luckily, the rhythms of body and nature remind us that we should be given some time to grow. It takes months for the seed to germinate and turn into the plant. That is why those who grew up in the countryside have a better sense of time. A long and seemingly useless period of time can be very valuable to help us prepare for an event. If you are impatient, use your time productively and learn something new, rather than get upset because you are «losing your time». Think more about preparing yourself for important things.