It can be hard to manage your time as a student. Between classes, homework, PRSSA, PRowl and an internship, it has been hard to manage my time this semester. This semester is the busiest I’ve ever been but luckily I learned some things earlier this year to help me better manage my time.
Plan out Your Day First Thing in the Morning
As soon as I get out of bed, I try to make a list of everything I need to do that day and figure out how long it will take me to complete. Once I get an idea of what I need to do, I will plan out my day hour by hour. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just put an idea of what you want to do throughout the day to better allocate your time. Doing this has helped me carve out time in my day to do my classes, homework, work for my internship and plan out some personal time as well.
Set a Timer
I have always been a procrastinator by nature but recently I’ve kicked that habit through setting timers. I usually put off doing an assignment because I think it will take me a long time, even though in reality it is actually really quick to do. It helps me to set a 20 minute timer and I dedicate those full 20 minutes to getting the assignment done. This method has helped me get distracted less because I don’t allow myself to touch my phone until the timer goes off.
Use a Calendar
It may seem like a given that using a calendar will help you but you’d be surprised at how many students don’t use one. You can use a physical calendar or an electronic one but I think an electronic one is more beneficial to use as a student doing online classes. I just started using Google Calendar this year and I don’t know how I survived before without it. I love Google Calendar specifically because I can add my classes, meetings and events and it will send me a reminder ten minutes before it starts. This has been especially helpful for events that are in the evening or on the weekends and it’s definitely saved me from missing an important meeting once or twice before!
—Kiersten Sholly, Account Associate