As college students, we all have a lot of things to do in a
day-to-day basis. We have school, work, homework, friends,
girlfriends/boyfriends/spouses, sports, side businesses, and many other
activities. On some days it is very hard to find time to fit everything in. Through
trial and error, I have learned a few steps in which I can prioritize and
maximize my day.
1. Make a habit of planning the night before
Set aside about 5-10 minutes before you go to sleep to go over things that you need to do the next day. Really take the time to actually think it through and make sure you do not forget anything. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself when you’re brainstorming:
- Do I need to turn in anything?
- Who do I have to meet?
- What time are my classes?
- What time is work?
- Do I need to call so-and-so?
2. List, list, list!
While you’re brainstorming about the things that you need to do tomorrow, write them down. It doesn’t have to be neat, just make sure it is legible. Write all the things that you remember.
3. Its prioritizing time!
When you're done writing everything down, put numbers next to them in order of importance. One being the most important and ten being the least important...or whatever numbering system you feel comfortable using. Why do I write them down first and THEN put numbers on them? Because by JUST writing things down (without prioritizing them), your brain will only focus on remembering things that needs to get done and not worry about putting them in order of importance yet. Some things to keep in mind when you're prioritizing:
- When is the deadline?
- How hard is it to accomplish?
- Where is it?
- How long will it take?
worry if you have a long list. In fact, make them long. Don't be afraid to
write a lot, but realize you won't accomplish all of it.
Once you finish your list check it once... check it twice. Make sure you have everything there.
5. Doing it
Remember, a plan is nothing until you put it into action. So the next day, when you have your list ready, set out to accomplish each part of the list. If you can accomplish everything that's good; if you can't, don't worry about it! Keep track of the things that you did or did not do and it will help you learn to manage time more efficiently.
In the beginning, taking time to prepare the list sounds very time consuming. Well, it is! But as you get used to it, it will go faster. Also keep track of all the lists on a day to day basis. So you can see how much you've progressed through out the year. Maybe you start on January 10th accomplishing 7 things a day and ended up December 12th accomplishing 14 things a day.
Have a good rest of the day every one!