We live in a multitasking world with all of the technology that is available to us. It is important to learn techniques on how to manage your time better especially for those of you involved in multiple activities on or off. Being able to do well in school while balancing extra curricular activities is crucial in college. Here are some tips for achieving your goals better and limiting the amount of stress they will cause when you have a busy schedule.
1. Make a to-do list
Keep track to things you need to get done. Have a daily list for things that need to be done right away, but also make lists for things you need to do throughout the week, and month. By keeping a list and checking off completed items, you will stay more organized and on-task. Record these due dates and tasks in your calendar along with your list in order to make sure they are completed on time.
2. Learn to Prioritize
Keep lists in order of importance. Don’t work on something that is due in a week if you have something due tomorrow. It is ok to say no to other things when you have something important to do. You will overwhelm yourself if you waste time doing less important things.
3. Do One Task at a Time
Focus on the task you are attempting to accomplish, and not on something else on your list. By keeping focused on one thing you will be more efficient. Focusing on multiple things at once will stress you out and make you lose focus.
4. Limit Distractions
Do not work on things while on Facebook or watching TV. If your mind is fully focused on one thing it will be completed faster and more efficient. Jumping back and forth from a form of media to your task will make you lose focus and the information will not be retained as well. Pick study places or work places that isolate you from these distractions.
5. Maintain a Healthy Life
Make sure to be getting enough sleep each night. Your mind will work better if you get more than 6 hours of sleep a night. Make sure to be eating properly and taking care of your body. Also, give yourself an hour to digest a big meal before any exam. This allows your brain to think properly.
6. Use Time Wisely
When you have free time, such as riding on a bus or waiting in line somewhere, review over your list of things to do and see if there are any tasks that can be completed. Use any down time you have available so that you can free up your schedule for bigger tasks later. If a task is a lot harder than others, split it up into portions you can achieve separately.