“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
There are merely twenty-four hours in a day. And they are same for everyone in this universe. Only the difference is some know how to use it wisely, and some do not. Time is a precious thing. Once gone is gone, then nothing can be done about it. And in a college student’s life, the value of time increases to the power infinity. Studying in an excellent educational institute, you have to manage all starting from attending college lectures, studying, socializing, managing the present life, and preparing for the future, so there are many things to be done. Therefore, one needs to understand that success in almost everything involves time management. It may seem to you that there aren’t sufficient hours in the day to get everything that you require to be accomplished, but if you desire to accomplish much more and quicker than others, then you have to do those things in a unique and better way to stay ahead of them. And to make it happen, you must learn how you manage your time. Here are the few pointers which can help you with the same:
Develop A Sense Of Urgency:
The most critical measure of time is speed. An essential quality that you can develop concerning time management is a “sense of urgency.” Learn to know what is necessary and urgent at the moment and what requires your utmost attention and efforts and then work accordingly. Because many times we start concentrating on the things which may not be that important at that moment, but to complete that work, we forget the more important tasks. Therefore try to develop a sense of urgency to understand what needs to be done before.
Learn To Stop Procrastinating:
Procrastination is not only the burglar of time; it makes it impossible for your life to go on. You must develop the habit of acting rapidly when some task is needed to be done. It would be best if you established a reputation for speed and dependability. As a general rule, small jobs should be done immediately, as soon as they appear. This habit of taking action quickly will not only enable you to get through an enormous amount of work in a day but will save you with the list of pending tasks. It will earn you status for being the kind of person to provide jobs to when someone needs them to be done promptly, and that means you have aced the game of time management.
Start Using A Calendar:
Scheduling your day on a calendar or a diary is a great way to plan your day. It’ll be a more natural way to record your works and remember your obligations. It will help you to keep track of the time and tasks as a whole. And apart from that, it will help you to analyse the flow of work and thus work accordingly. Set up a calendar on your phone or computer, but ensure that you stick to the timeline created for work. And do not forget to factor in extra time in case an activity takes longer than expected.
Develop a Healthy Day Routine:
As it’s said that early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. If you want to make your day go in a planned manner, then you must start your day pretty early as it not only gives you extra time in your hand to carry on with the stuff but also gives you time to think and plan with the refreshed mind. Which does wonders of its own? And to get up fresh in the early morning, you do need to sleep on time; therefore, late nights are also a big NO if you want to manage your day most effectively.
Do Not Burden Your Self:
The critical element in the process of time management is to be realistic and flexible. Do not make rigid deadlines or overcommit to yourself about any task. Make realistic goals and schedules which can be easily accomplished. Making realistic schedules will not only help you complete your tasks in time but will also motivate you and boost your confidence, which will help you in carrying on further work.
Arrange Schedule Rewards:
Rewards are the biggest motivator. Start treating yourself when you do the right thing or meet a deadline. Take a few minutes out of every hour to take a break and do something you enjoy, like to go for a walk or watch some TV. The break will allow your brain to relax and be more productive when you are back to work. Nevertheless, whatever you do, make certain you don’t overindulge in the break until you have completed your tasks.
These are few tips which will help you in managing your time and thus in being more organized. Because the better prepared, you are in having control of the aspects that are under hands—the better freedom and flexibility you have to make changes whenever necessary.