We’re back from reading week and the term is officially halfway over. Midterms may still be approaching for some, or maybe you’re already gearing up for finals. On top of prepping for midterm or finals, you may also be juggling upcoming deadlines, co-op interviews, social obligations and more . . . you might be feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Need help to manage your time more efficiently? Here are some tips for you:
Set aside blocks of time for tasks.
‘Calendar-blocking’ is a technique in which a set amount of time, such as a few hours, may be dedicated to a specific task. Nothing else should be done during that time block, and the task shouldn’t be continued past that block. This allows you to clearly visualize the amount of time being spent on a specific task. It is also very satisfying to see your day laid out in front of you.
At the beginning of every week, make a quick list of the things you’ll need to accomplish for the next week. At the end of each day, make a quick list of the things you’ll need to do for the next day and review that list in the morning. Knowing your deadlines coming up and in the future, will give you a good idea on what you need to do and help you prioritize your tasks.
Try the Pomodoro Technique.
The human mind can only focus for so long. The Pomodoro Technique involves separating your time into 25-minute intervals. Every 25 minutes take a five-minute break. Every four intervals take a longer, 25-30 minute break. It’s hypothesized that the timing of each interval gives you a small sense of urgency that lets you focus more. The breaks give you a breather and maintain motivation and creativity.
Remember that time management can look different for everybody. Think you need some more help? Check out the Student Success Office Study Skills Workshops, these workshops can help improve your study skills and become the best student you can be!