Posted by : Rahul Kadam | Curated by Vidhi Shah - Team Brainheaters
Struggling to complete the portion one night before the exam? Can’t find time to pursue your hobbies? Desperately trying to have a social life?
Yes? Well then, it’s definitely an issue of poor time management!
But, don’t fret! This problem seems to have been persisting since time immemorial. After the sudden transition to college life, students find themselves engaged in a hectic schedule. It seems as though the day has shrunk down by a couple of hours(seems like a 12-hour day!). Trying to cope up with this routine in the conventional way(yeah, procrastinating!) makes it all the more exhaustive. Not only do you miss out on life, but also get unnecessarily stressed.
Incorporating some time management tricks could very well help you in achieving the work-life balance that you desire. I thus offer you 5 ways you could effectively manage your time-
Testing hour? Its just a fancy term for setting out time to analyse your requirements and plan out your activities accordingly.
Some tips to go by it:
Recollect your activities from previous week and analyse where and when you have unnecesarily wasted your time. Also try to pinpoint at what hours did you manage to easily complete your work.One must learn from the past to have a productive future.
Prioritise all your tasks. Identify and grade them A through E accordingly( A for top priority and E for least priority). Revisit your priority list from time to time to add or rearrange priorities.
Lastly, Plan your future chores. Set manageable goals and allot time as per your requirement. Set independent schedules for study/work , social meetings, rest and leisure times, when you could pursue your hobbies. Download a planner app in your phone to maintain a To-Do list.
Spending an hour or two planning could save plenty of hours in the future.
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2.Optimum Utilisation of Spare Time
You may find hours which you can’t fit into your schedules, occasions which can neither be utilised for work nor for leisure. To list out some examples, it could be waiting in a long line for something, or spending time in your daily commute.
Try finding ways in which you can utilise this spare time effectively.
You could download various e-books in your mobile phone, so that you may brush over your study material. You could also utilise this time to read news and keep up with current affairs.
Try recording your notes in your own voice and then listen to them anywhere you want, to retain memory.
3.Increase your Productivity
Hard work beats talent, but smart work beats hard work. Implement routines that are not only productive, but are also efficient.
Instead of rote learning, try to implement various study techniques. Many of the successful students make use of mind maps, anagrams and analogies in their study routine to retain memory for a longer time. Recollecting these maps becomes easy during exams, rather than recollecting entire passages and formulae.
Take a short break after a strenuous hour of studying. Studies show their people who indulge in a short break are more productive and creative then those who toil continuously. Though don’t forget to keep it short, otherwise it becomes a diversion.
Lastly, stick to your schedule so that these habits are embedded into your routine.
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Ever increasing requirements for studying and managing your academics demands an equal amount of energy and effort. Your plans will remain unfulfilled if you don’t have enough energy to pull them off as and when required. So energy management becomes an essential part.
A complete 8 hour sleep not only refreshes your energy but also boosts productivity. Sleep deprivation causes fatigue, inattentive periods, daydreaming and affects your cognitive brain activity. Meditation is also another effective way to keep your energy levels in check.
Find out when, during the day, you are most energetic and allot your high priority work during this period to complete maximum work. Reschedule tasks that don’t require most of your attention when you find yourself to be less productive.
Needless to say, keep away from junk food or fattening food as it tends to make you more clumsy and drowsy.
5.Keep distractions at bay
This last tip tends to be the leading factor that restricts students from sticking to their plan. Somehow, we have convinced ourselves that our virtual lives are of utmost importance and demand most of our time. The truth couldn’t be any farther.
Plug off your TV, keep away your consoles, switch off your WiFi to keep distractions from interfering in your schedule. Indulge in them only during your leisure time. Don’t extend your breaks. There are a host of apps available that restrict your internet and mobile usage to a certain period of time, make use of them. Politely ask your friends and family members to not disturb you unless its an emergency. They will certainly respect your request.
Fun tip, if you still can’t resist, try fooling your brain by turning these diversions into incentives that you can enjoy only when you complete your task.
Time hacks, like these, could not only help you cope with your academics, but also ensure a stress free life where you don’t sacrifice your hobbies and passion for your career.