As a college student with a job, internship and full class schedule, I know how hard it can be to manage your time. That is why I have created this list of ways to ease the stress of rushing around and managing your time effectively. Here are things I do in order to manage my time and make the most use of it.
- Have a Planner
A planner is very helpful and allows you to have a list of things you need to get accomplished. Let’s be real, we all forget things. Tracking events, assignments and test days in your planner is productive, and this system allows you to plan for each task instead of memorizing everything. It is also useful because after you complete an assignment or project you can cross it out, which is quite satisfying if you ask me.
- “To Do” Lists
Set aside 20 minutes every day to write out your daily to-do list. Why? It helps you manage how your day is going to be spent. If you want to get creative with it, you can make approximate times for each item on your list. This is great for getting all the little things done during the day and helps you knock out large tasks more efficiently.
- Allow time for interruptions during the day
Even with a planner and to-do list, you should allow yourself time during the day for interruptions. If you are in a work environment and do not want to be bothered, you can use headphones, or if you are in an office setting, putting a simple, “Do not disturb” sign on the door can limit the amount of interruptions.
- 1-hour rule
No matter how busy you are on any given day, allow yourself at least one hour to relax and let your brain and body rest. This hour could be sitting on the couch watching TV or reading a book. Stress can really tear a person apart, depending on stress levels, but with the one-hour rule, you give yourself a break and time to recharge.
Use these tips to help you better manage and make use of your time. Time management is an important aspect of any and everyone’s lives, and once it is learned, it can really take the stress off and create a more organized way of living. I hope you enjoy this list of tips for time management and utilize it for your own life!
This blog post was written by PRowl Account Associate Caroline Bardo.