Tips for Better Time Management Skills

Lacie Kraich on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in Coursework

Ever find yourself waiting until the last minute to finish an assignment that you had 4 months to do? Yeah, me neither. You know why? Because my time management skills are the Here are some ways I manage my time so I can stay organized and on top of my schoolwork.

WRITE THINGS DOWN: Have you ever found yourself in class, only to remember that you forgot to read the chapter or do the discussion that was due? I know I've done something similar... a couple times. The best way to avoid this is to make lists or write your assignments down. Making a to-do list is a good idea for keeping track of things you have yet to do. Personally, I use the sticky note option on my laptop to keep note of assignments I have yet to complete. I separate it by class (or extracurricular) that it is for, and make sure to write down a due date next to it if there is a given one. On top of that, I keep a whiteboard in my room and write down the same thing. It's almost like a double-whammy reminder for me, so there's no way I can avoid it or say that I forgot about it. I suggest getting yourself a planner, a whiteboard, or a to-do list app on your phone. 

PRIORITIZE: Prioritizing will help you establish what must be done first, and what you can save to work on later. One way I prioritize is by putting three columns on my to-do list whiteboard: "very urgent", "important", and "can wait". I categorize what tasks need to be done based on those three columns, and make sure to complete what is in the "very urgent" column before touching what is in the "important" column. 

DON'T PROCRASTINATE: This is the best mindset to have when trying to learn time management skills. The more time you spend procrastinating, the less you have to complete your assignments. The earlier you do it, the more time you'll have to do anything else later. If you keep this in mind, then you will be more likely to want to finish your work ahead of schedule. Eyes on the prize, always.

WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER: Work efficiently. Do not waste time that could be used to work on other assignments. Do not put less effort in, but take shortcuts when you can, given they do not sacrifice the quality of your work.

TAKE BREAKS WHEN YOU NEED THEM: You cannot work properly if you are not taking breaks and making sure you eat or use the bathroom. I preach self-care a lot, but it really is important in time management. Do not overload yourself and try to get everything done at once. Set aside time every day for each assignment, whether you want to do it all at once or chunk it into different, smaller parts to be completed every day. Plan your time out to make sure you can get everything done to the best of your ability.

There you have it, folks. Some tips on how to be fantastic at time management.