By Elizabeth Scalzo
How do we manage our time? There are just not enough hours in the day to get classes, club meetings, homework, gym workouts, social life, errands, chores and eight hours of sleep.
Since returning to campus, I’ve noticed a lot of people are struggling to manage their time, including myself.
Here are my organizational tips on how to manage time and get through the week.
- To-Do Lists
The simplest way to get things done. Put your tasks on a list and check everything off by the end of the day. Seems easy enough, right? For those who prefer to take a more relaxed version to their scheduling and planning, a to-do list is probably the best option for you.
- Keep a Planner
My agenda saves my life. If you want an easy way to look ahead, keep all major events and assignments in a planner. You can choose to make a planner as detailed as you want. There are daily, weekly and monthly planners that can serve different purposes in people’s lives. A daily planner can act more as a schedule for your day with specific times for your events while a monthly planner is an overview of anything major happening in the upcoming month.
- Block Scheduling
Block scheduling is something I find helpful — especially since I have classes that are two and a half hours each this semester. Block scheduling is typically done on a virtual calendar. I would recommend using Google Calendar. This allows me to make a task block bigger or smaller, depending on if other things take longer. This is like a to-do list and planner all in one for daily use. I take an hour every Sunday to do this blocking for the upcoming week and it makes a world of a difference. This is similar to how a personal assistant would keep a calendar for someone.
If you are as scatter-brained as I am then this one will help you a lot. A journal is the way to go, whether you want to track your dreams or need a place to write ideas for social media posts or want to remember to bring up something at a meeting. Your journal can also hold your to-do list. It is the one place that all your thoughts can collect and you can always go back to.
- Putting it in Action
None of these tips will matter if you don’t make them work for you. You have to stop procrastinating and make time for your time management. A bit ironic, but you have to keep up with your organization or it won’t ever work.
With 168 hours in a week, spend those hours wisely and make them work for you.
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Make the most of your time.
Art by Elizabeth Scalzo.