If you're a student who fell prey to procrastination last semester - or maybe found themselves missing an assignment or two (or three) - we have three time management tips that will benefit you for years to come.
Know How to Best Remind Yourself
With no shortage of time management hacks, the first and best thing a student can do is know how they prefer to consume information.
Do you delete emails but read texts? Vice versa? Would a push notification with a reminder about coursework get your attention where something else wouldn’t?
By knowing how you prefer to absorb information, you can build a winning system for keeping your to-do list in check. This will allow you to structure your own set of custom notifications for work, and also to communicate to peers (and one day, your colleagues) how to best keep you in the loop.
There are plenty of apps and digital platforms that boast time management features for students. Any one of them could work just fine for ensuring that homework gets handed in on time, as long as you know how to set it up in a way that caters to your info-absorbing inclinations.
Learn to Use a Calendar
No, I’m serious. Learn to use a calendar.
I guess this is the entry that says “don’t wait until the night before to do the thing you’re supposed to do.” But what’s more important is developing the ability to plan ahead.
Course calendars are training ground for project management. As homework and tests make their way onto a student’s calendar, it’s an opportunity to feel out how long tasks take and what must be done to get everything done on time.
Getting into the habit of starting each day with a look at your calendar - not emails or projects - will support an appreciation for knowing what’s on the horizon and planning each day a little smarter.
Track Your Hours
Time is our most precious commodity.
Know how long it takes to perform certain tasks - or know how many hours you want to devote to something. And start learning how to do this as a student.
By setting aside 40 minutes for math homework and 30 minutes for your French vocab, we’re not just making sure that we get everything done. We’re developing expectations. When the 40 minutes you expected to spend on math homework takes 2 hours - that’s a warning sign. Either your time management expectations are way off and need to be recalibrated, or maybe you need help with this week’s assignment.