Did you know that managing your time wisely is actually good for your health? It’s true. Stress can have negative effects on your mind and body. We all know how stressful college can be, but there are things we can do to make it easier on ourselves. Time management skills are a great help in reducing stress and can even have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
When you set aside time every day to study, you form a routine. Ideally, you could make sure to study at the same time every day to form a routine that is cohesive. However, due to an intense semester or a busy life outside of class, that’s not always possible. Sometimes it’s best to designate a specific time to study for each day of the week. Another important step to scheduling study time is by penciling in important dates, tests, and assignments as soon as you find out about them. It’s a smart idea to write down all the important dates for a class in your planner as soon as you get the syllabus. Whether you use a web-based calendar or pencil things in the old fashioned way, you’ll appreciate advance notice of big assignments!
When you make time every day, your mind and body will both get used to it and it will become a habit before too long. After you designate a time to complete schoolwork, be sure to stick to it! Sticking to your schedule might be hard at first, but as the semester goes on you will notice it getting easier and easier. It takes a different amount of time for different people to form a habit, so don’t give up if it takes you a while to feel like you’ve got it.
Keeping up with your to-do list is an important part of mastering time management. You don’t have to do work for the same courses every day, but knowing your priorities can certainly make your study time more productive. As you write your to-do list for the day or the week, make sure to rate the importance and timeliness of each item. This can help you set goals for which task you want to tackle first, and to keep track of when they need to be done.
At the same time, you have to make sure you aren’t overloading yourself. When you manage your time, you also need to assign time for resting. Allow yourself to take short breaks from time to time when you are studying. Some people swear by a routine of studying for 20 minutes and then resting for five minutes. Everyone is different, so try a couple techniques and see what works best for you. You might also find that getting up and walking around or stretching your body for a few minutes can help clear your head when you start to lose focus.
Here’s a big one – don’t let assignments or other schoolwork that could be easily tackled over time overwhelm you later on by putting them off and then trying to rush through them at the last minute! This can cause a lot of mental distress as well as affecting your physical health (as all of us guilty of last minute all-nighters know). By breaking upcoming big tasks into manageable chunks and assigning them to your daily to-do lists, you can save yourself a world of stress later on.
As a student, sometimes it can be hard to focus on your education when you have many other things going on outside the classroom. Managing your time productively not only helps you in class or when studying, but it also allows you to make time for all the other things in life as well.