A Beginner’s Guide to Time Management

By Elena

With school starting back up again after such a long break, there’s one question that’s on everyone’s mind. How am I supposed to manage my time when I haven’t had to do that since February? Well, if you read this article, you’ll be able to find all of your answers!

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Make a plan

To manage your time, you should make a plan. This includes knowing approximations of how long everything should take. You have to make sure you have enough time to do everything you want to do, and the only sure way to do so is to make a plan.

By making a plan, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have every hour planned out for yourself. I’ve tried that before, and it certainly doesn’t work for me. What works best for me is just to know what I have to get done. The reason why a less concrete plan works better for me is because I don’t always like to do everything in the same exact order. Sometimes, my headspace might be better for a different activity, which is perfectly ok. 

Personally, if I make a concrete plan, I’m less likely to actually follow the plan, but if I make a checklist or something similar, I can actually get it all done more effectively and efficiently. If you work better with your time planned out, then go for it. If your planning method doesn’t really work for you, don’t be afraid to experiment around a little bit and try a couple of other methods.

If you want some advice on a method, don’t be afraid to reach out and we’ll do our best to help you!

My method

What I’ve found is that having a traditional planner and writing in all of my homework and everything in a planner doesn’t work for me.

I still have a planner, but I use the planner to write in events that I have. I write things in there that I know specific times for that’s out of the ordinary, or just little things I want to remember.

For all of my homework, I use a spreadsheet instead. I have a column for the class, the assignment, the due date, and if it’s done. Because it’s electronic, I can reorder each assignment to go in the order I’m planning on getting my assignments done.

This method helps me keep track of how many assignments I have and when I need to get it done. This is my favorite method I’ve tried because I can reorder it and I can keep track of everything better.

Put down your phone

Seriously, just put it down. I know it can be hard, but once you put it down, you’ll be able to get to everything you want done. You won’t be able to manage your time if you just spend all of your time on your phone (unless your work requires it).

When I say put your phone down, I mostly mean to put your distractions down. Close out of your distracting tabs, or at least hide them. Turn off the T.V. If you want to manage your time, you have to actually have time to manage, and wasting all of it on distractions isn’t going to allow you to do so.

Know yourself

You need to know yourself. You need to know what your limits are, and you can’t cross them. If you do, it’ll be a lot harder to get back on track and manage your time the best.

The only way you can manage your time is if you can actually know yourself a little bit more. You have to know yourself if you can know what the best way to manage your time. 

You have to know yourself to know whether you can use a reward system, or if you’re going to procrastinate, or anything else related to time management.

Don’t get discouraged

This is a skill you need to learn. It’s not going to come easily, especially if this is something you aren’t very good at.

If you get discouraged, you’re just going to give up. Make time management a priority for yourself, and it will get better. 

Notice that this is something you need to work on, and make it a habit for yourself. You have to keep yourself from getting discouraged, or else you won’t be able to manage your time.

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