Effective time management skills can help you boost your productivity while avoiding burnout. Here are 7 steps to get your started:
𝟭. 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱! Start by adding your ongoing activities (e.g. lectures, labs, tutorials, extra-curriculars, etc.) to a calendar or agenda. Check out these FREE printable planners.
𝟮. 𝗦𝗲𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀! If you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, you are more likely to work towards it. Need some help? Check out this guide on setting SMART goals.
𝟯. 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲! List all your tasks for the week and/or month (e.g. lab reports, essays, midterms, etc.) and their due dates. Classify them based on importance and work on high-priority tasks first. For example, a report due in two days may be ‘urgent’ while a report due in two months may be of ‘low importance’ at the moment
𝟰. 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲! Having a weekly study/work plan can help you stay on top of your course material. Don’t forget to schedule time for fun activities too. Balance is crucial.
𝟱. 𝗗𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀𝗸! This can be distracting and inefficient. Try to focus on completing one task at the time.
𝟲. 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀! You can go for a walk, grab a cup of tea, stretch, meditate or perform any other activity that helps you recharge. Take a 10-min break for every 50-min work session. Try not to get too distracted though and avoid the use of electronics – most of us will likely scroll on our phones or watch TV for longer than 10 minutes.
𝟳. 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗮𝘆 “𝗻𝗼”! Taking on too many tasks/activities can be counterproductive and end up becoming too overwhelming. It is okay to be honest. Your mental health is much more important.