How to Manage Your Time to Effectively Wade Through a New College Year
Students get the feeling that the new college year is, the harder it is to concentrate. And the knowledge in the head does not seem to be added. Moreover, the pressure from parents and teachers is increasing every day.
Seeking a universal solution? Meditate! Or turn to a well-established time management technique.
Let Yourself Be a Winner
Make lists. Cross out the points made. This will allow you to visualize the whole package of preparatory work that you do every day. Nothing is more pleasing to the eye than a completed to-do list at the end of the day. Praise yourself, you are a winner!
Look Fear in the Eye
If you need to finally understand the structure of a protein molecule or unwillingly deal with writing complex adverbs, just get started. First, give yourself at least 10 minutes a day to solve it. After three days, increase the time to 20 minutes, then to 30. Already in the middle of this journey, you will begin to understand that the task ceases to be larger than the Burj Khalifa and is decomposed into understandable elements. And, it turns out, it was always within your power.
Be Afraid of Procrastination
If at some point you realize that instead of a textbook, you are scrolling the Facebook news feed and do not even understand how you got here, stop! Close all unnecessary pages, turn off your phone and TV, look at the to-do list. Give yourself 30 minutes to work as planned, and promise to reward yourself with 10 minutes on social media. But just, mind you, no advances: first the work, then the reward.
Print your tests in a convenient format, record educational podcasts on your phone, and carry them with you. Always. On transport, on the way home, to workout, or to a meeting with friends, you can once again refresh your memory on them. At first glance, these are trifles, but when there are many of them, the benefits become more tangible.
Don't Be Afraid to Say “No”
It's okay if all your friends are going to the movies right now and you are busy. Don't be afraid to offend them. Just say no! Today, you will spend an extra two hours preparing, and tomorrow you can relax with a sense of accomplishment. We promise self-pride is more inspiring than any box-office action movie.
We Know Sometimes It's Just Lazy
And in general, there is no strength for anything. This is normal. But the main resource of the winners lies in the ability to overcome themselves and do what seems unpleasant, tedious, and overwhelming in the first place. Assign status #1 to the annoying task and complete it right in the morning.
Don't Forget to Sleep
Your brain needs good rest. Even if your daily list is not complete, reschedule the remaining tasks until tomorrow and allow your head to recuperate. Eight hours of sleep is your minimum while preparing for the new college year.