“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” ― Victor Hugo
Making the best use of your time and effort takes careful planning and developing a system for managing time can be the single most important step you take. You can use the schedule template below to identify how you are spending your time. Mark those areas when you are in school, working on other tasks or doing errands, and your sleeping time. Could you be using your time differently? What periods can you use to further your goals for the year or for pursuing your dreams? You can use this as a guide to make your own schedule on another sheet of paper. Make your schedule work for you.
1. Make a To-Do list every day
Put the most important tasks at the top and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list too, so you have items you’re looking forward to.
2. Keep your work with you
That way, if you find yourself with extra time—while on the bus or in-between activities—you can get something done.
3. Don’t be afraid to say no
It’s OK to say no if your friend wants to hang out but you have an important assignment. Instead, find another time that both of you are free to relax and have fun.
4. Find your productive time
Are you a morning person or a night person? You’ll be more efficient if you work when you’re at your best.
5. Create a dedicated study time
Set up a time devoted only to studying or homework. Don’t get distracted by the phone or TV. Use them to reward yourself when you’re done.
6. Budget your time
Figure out how much time you usually spend on your activities and determine how much free time you have before you add any commitments. And don’t forget to schedule time to relax.
7. Don’t get distracted
If you find yourself wasting time on unimportant things, stop, check your to-do list and get back to what’s at the top. If you’re procrastinating because you’re not sure how to move forward then ask for help.
8. Get a good night’s sleep
Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. If it’s time to sleep, list the things you still need to get done on the next day’s to-do list and go to bed.