Prioritizing time as a student – YES it’s possible!
We’ve all been there and we’ve all experienced the consequences of NOT prioritizing time efficiently. As students we have multiple tasks we need to complete in a day or week and sometimes it can become overwhelming to juggle them all at once.
If you’ve experienced this problem at any time in your student life, just sit back and read on because we are going to provide you with key pointers to help you prioritize yourtime.
1.Prioritizing time = Listing things in their order of importance
Sometimes writing all your tasks down in your agenda is simply not enough, so writing them down in the order of importance lets you establish what needs to be done first.
Most often, urgent tasks with fast approaching deadlines need to be done immediately. But this depends. Sometimes the length of some tasks will require you to put them first on your list. Even if, they are not the closest ones, deadline wise. This way you will complete the most demanding tasks first.
What you put as most important is up to you, but we can guarantee making a list can help you prioritize. You just have to take the time to think about it. Having an agenda with different deadlines, which helps you plan your time effectively can come in handy when prioritizing tasks!
2.Give yourself time limits for each task
By setting yourself a time limit for completing each task, you can structure and organise your day more efficiently. This way you’ll know that you have to finish a task in a set amount of time and you will (eventually) avoid watching a new season of that amazing TV series you started last night. We’ve all been there!
Do not forget to factor in time for meals, sleep and exercise! It is important to remember that we are not robots and we all need to take a break from time to time. Just make sure your breaks aren’t longer than the time you take to complete a task!
3.Separate your work and personal life
Social media and interactions with friends can distract you whilst you are trying to focus on your work. Boring, we know. But by setting aside all technological distractions, you eliminate any temptation to interrupt your workflow.
This does not mean that you should not prioritize your personal life. So on a Saturday you know you will spend half the day working or studying and in the evening you can go out and half fun!
Leisure time is important, but you will enjoy yourself more if you know that you have completed your work for the day.
Nothing is perfect. Accept it. You will need to occasionally modify certain elements in your schedule, as not everything always goes as planned. So always be prepared for unexpected changes and bumps along the road.
Most importantly do not stress if a situation like this arises, as unnecessary panic will add weight to the problem. We know you can do this!