There are keys to success, and for every individual, these keys come in order of hierarchy. Most times, people tend to overlook the importance of some keys, maybe because they are not as pronounced as the others. As a student in an institution, trying to discover your path to professionalism, the end goal is to achieve great heights and be successful. Navigating your way through the very harsh realities of the workspace that lie ahead requires that you build your efficiency and productivity.
The keyword here is Discipline. Effective Time Management = Self Discipline. It breeds organization, innovation, and most importantly, it fosters the achievement of set goals over a specific period of time. When you are able to effectively manage your time as a student, you invariably reduce stress, have an effective/efficient workflow, and ultimately improve the quality of your life.
Take to heart the strategies below that will enable you to effectively manage your time:
- You must set daily targets and be deliberate about your tasks per day such that when you re-evaluate at the end of the day, you are on track. Stay true to your daily routine as this will give you better control of your time.
- Ensure to consider varying limitations and seek ways to counter them so they don’t pull you back.
- The need to adopt the growth mindset is crucial to your goal, as you must be willing to learn, unlearn, and re-learn.
- Be in tune with your strengths and weaknesses, bear in mind that “the key to addressing a problem is to first accept the fact that it exists’’.
- Take heed of the Big No No’s (DISTRACTIONS), lengthy phone calls, movies (Netflix), and social media. Have a daily task scale of preference and maintain a daily schedule of activities, this will work wonders for you.
- Do not stall, do your least important tasks come first and your urgent tasks come last? Break up the big tasks as they come and try to figure out your body chemistry, don’t go with the bandwagon, know what works for you with respect to your learnings and study time.
- Your first ins and last Outs are a must-know, important tasks = Now, Unimportant tasks = later, give precedence to urgencies and set time limits for the time-wasters task.
- Know that your body has right over you, so sleep well, eat healthy, take a breather to unwind and exercise. “In order words, Health is Wealth’’.
- A clear cut fact to be wary of is that the difference between a top and an average student is proper time management.
“You can change your behaviour, but you cannot change time’’. The key to achieving that balance as an undergraduate is to surround yourself with the right support system, your friends or study group form part of your progress as you go along in school, so be sure to choose them wisely and have fun whilst you’re at it. After all, it is a once in a lifetime experience.