The long weekend is over- what’s next?
Time is precious and once lost it can never be found again. Often we hear parents constantly reminding kids not to waste time, teachers telling students to make proper use of time and authors writing article after article on time management. Since the relaxing long weekend is over it is time to catch up with from work and school so maybe we should start planning on how to spend it resourcefully. Here are some suggestions.
First off, catch up with your school work. For students it is the best time to read the pages of your textbook that have been ignored, practice those sums and get ready for any assessments that are coming up. For college and university students this is probably the busiest part of the year, balancing the final exams and job applications is quite a task. You can accomplish both only if you plan well. Make sure you work out the day in such a way that you apply to at least 2 jobs a day. Getting overwhelmed with the course material is not uncommon.
The basics being already discussed, here are some simple strategies by Chapman and Rupured which will help you manage precious time. 1) Know where you are spending your time: Plan ahead, keep a time log, make a list of things you want to accomplish and the time you need to complete each one of them. It will help you allocate time to each task. 2) Set priorities: Know which tasks are more important than the others and get them done first. Do not waste time on small things which can be done later. 3) Use a planning tool: Journals, logs, calendars, index cards and notebooks are the most effective reminders of important tasks you wish to get done. If you list things according to their priority it will enable you to meet deadlines. 4) Get organized: Making lists will not be any good until you actually put an effort to finish the jobs listed. Writing down things is useless, take a step and accomplish them. 5) Schedule your time approximately: Keep time for high priority activities aside and avoid any disturbances during that course. 6) Delegate: Get help from others: Teamwork is ideal as everyone contributes and takes a portion of the work to be finished. 7) Stop procrastinating: Often we find ourselves in situations where we delay work and put it to the last minute. It can be very difficult to get things done under stress. So it is highly recommended to break the task into small steps and finish them one at a time. It will keep you organized and enable you to meet deadlines. For detailed explanation of the strategies refer to 10 Strategies for Better Time Management.
Areej Shah is a graduate from the BBA program, University of Toronto. She currently works as the Marketing Coordinator at Grade Learning and shares her passion for communication and writing through informative social media posts and blogs.