So with the start of a new semester, more commitments, and a whole lot more modules, time management has become imperative to my day to day life. Juggling life and work doesn’t always happen seamlessly, but I have a few tips that will hopefully help you breathe a bit easier when thinking about your days ahead.
1) Have All Your Events in one Place
This is super important. The number of times I’ve missed lectures or forgotten I had lunch with a friend is a little embarrassing. Having one place where you can just look at your day/week at a glance will be a lifesaver. Something like google calendar is great because it’s stored in the cloud so you can access it anywhere. Personally, I use a mixture of timetables on my phone and more personal meetings in my bullet journal.
2) List 3 priorities you have for the day
This one is great for people who feel like they have too much on their plate. Listing only three things really helps you to streamline your time and resources on what’s most important for that day. I’d recommend writing these priorities somewhere you can constantly see them e.g. your phone, a small notebook you carry around with you etc. This really helps relieve the stress from having a million things to do in one day; once you finish those three things, everything else is a bonus!
3) Be Consistent
Consistency is the key. I know a lot of you go through the same thing every week – super motivated for Monday and maybe Tuesday, but by Friday you’re sliding back into old unhelpful habits. A good way to stop this is to review what you have ahead at the beginning and at the end of the day, so it’s always on your mind
4) Learn to Say ‘No’
sometimes we have a tendency to say yes to so many things, that before we know it we have no time to do what we need to do. Saying no can be hard at first, but saying no to some things can be really valuable for freeing up time for other higher priority tasks.
5) Don’t be Hard on Yourself
Lastly, no one is perfectly organised all the time. Be careful not to beat yourself up over one bad day, or even a bad week. just take a breather and pick yourself back up.
I hope these tips were helpful! If you’ve got any tips on what you use for better time management, put it in the comments.