Have you found yourself panicking about a deadline a few times too often? Ever unsure where to start with a massive workload? Do you just never have any time? Yeah, we all know how that feels. Sometimes, as boring as it sounds, we all just need a bit of organisation in our lives. After all, if you’re organised about things then there’s room for more spontaneous fun too, because you won’t be stressing about that looming deadline and considering pulling that all-nighter (don’t do it; all-nighters are not a good idea). There are a few things that you can do to make yourself a bit more organised and more able to manage time effectively, but it’s easy to fall out of the habit, so you need to be able to keep to the routine of managing your time.
Invest in a diary. It probably sounds really geeky and kind of sad, but my diary is pretty much my life. Admittedly, I’m not the most organised person in the world – I’m an arts student for goodness’ sake – but it really does help. Penning important things helps you remember them, and having something that you’ll check every day, even unintentionally because you’re writing in it, is going to help you remember to do things as planned.
Set your deadlines earlier than they actually are. This is something I’ve only really thought about recently. Very recently, in fact. Finishing projects early gives you time to have a play about and improve them later, or indeed just time to have a bit of fun while you don’t have to feel guilty about not doing work.
Find a work / life balance. You don’t want to be working all the time, but you don’t want to be partying all the time either. If you’re at university, you’re there to get a degree as well as experience student life, so make sure you do a bit of both. Constant work means you’ll probably end up just getting really stressed and overworked, but at the same time leaving everything to the last minute by not having enough focus will mean you won’t do as well as you should, so having a balance, as with most things, is the best idea.
Plan in advance. This is especially important if you’re someone who takes on what’s probably a bit too much, but the things you’re taking on aren’t things you want to drop. Planning will save you time and you’ll be much more efficient at running your life. Setting alarms on your phone or writing on sticky notes might also help, depending on how you think and learn.
Build things into your routines. Establishing routines can stop you feeling lost and unsure of what to do next. It’s also incredibly easy to stop doing some of the things I’ve mentioned without having them properly ingrained into your routine. Making an effort to organise yourself should really help your time management improve as you get used to always doing it.
But that’s all from me for this week, so thanks for reading and see you next time! As always, feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments or suggestions that you might have.