Time Management Tips
Make a to-do list at the beginning of your week. Look ahead to assignments, tests, papers, etc. that need to be worked on and completed. Put the most important tasks at the top, even if they’re things you’re dreading, and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list too, so you have items you’re looking forward to. Try motivating yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list.
Keep your work with you. If you have extra time between classes or an unexpected cancellation in your schedule, you can get something done.
Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s OK to say no if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night but you have a test the next morning. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go see the movie then.
Find your productive time. Maybe you work best in the morning or you are a night owl. Schedule your day to accomplish your work during your “best” time. You will work more efficiently if you are awake and alert.
Create a dedicated study time. You have to create this. It won’t just happen. Your phone will ring, your friends will stop by. Don’t answer texts, don’t surf the internet, don’t answer your phone. Create a specific time dedicated to your studies and stick to it.
Budget your time. Figure out how much time you usually spend on your activities and then create a weekly schedule to follow. Determine how much free time you have before you add any commitments. And don’t forget to schedule time to relax.
Don’t get sidetracked. If you find yourself wasting time on unimportant things, stop, check your to-do list and get back to what’s at the top. Maybe you’re procrastinating because you’re not sure how to move forward on a school project. If that’s the problem, check with your teacher to clear things up so you can get moving.
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.
*Adapted from Collegeboard.org.2016