Time Management for Students
At Social Media College, we understand that multitasking in and of itself is hard, but juggling a full workload of courses, work commitments and social activities can seem incomprehensible! Wondering how to manage your time to its maximum capacity? We have developed these 5 tips for time management which will guarantee you spend your time most efficiently so you can get everything done in your week, and even have time for the most important things in life, fun and relaxation!
Here are our 5 tips for time management for students:
- Map Out Your Week
When in a work intensive course online or offline it can be easy to forget about assignments, get the due date wrong or feel like you can’t stay awake a moment longer to work on yet another assignment. The trick? Each Sunday evening sit down with a planner (at Social Media College we always use the digital option for consistency and efficiency, apps like Evernote and Todoist are amazing) and devise which assignments you’ll complete on which days. This allows you to physically see what you have coming up and plan so that each day has a pretty equal amount of work.
For our Social Media College students, we have an inbuilt calendar in your dashboard which you can link directly to your email. This is a great way to set up email and phone notifications for all of your upcoming assignments and webinars to keep on track of your studies, whilst juggling a busy lifestyle.
- Set Smartphone Reminders
Our secret weapon? Siri! Yep. When I’m out and about and think of something I have to remember to do, I tell Siri to remind me about it at a time I know I’ll be available. Works like a charm!
If you keep all of your notes in the one place (i.e. no more post-it or loose paper notes) it is easy to keep track of all of your things on the to do list. Evernote syncs up to your smartphone, tablet and laptop so a great way to keep track of all your thoughts on paper, in the one place.
- Don’t Overcommit
Part of managing your busy life is understanding the threshold of work you can take on and not go crazy! If you know that attending that extra social activity, taking that extra shift at work or bringing on a new client will make you feel completely stretched, just politely say no and focus on what you need to do, and do it well!
- Prompt Email Replies
Emails are arguably one of the biggest distractions for time management. Follow the steps of the very wise Timothy Ferris in his book 4 Hour Work Week by setting aside two times a day to answer emails, and turn off your notifications in between. Personally I schedule one in the morning at 11am after I finish my large tasks and once in the afternoon at 4.30pm before I take off for the day. This allows me to answer emails promptly and I’m self-assured I won’t spend my whole day clearing my inbox.
If there is one thing you take away from this article, make it this one. You will be amazed with how much efficiency you gain from making this simple change to your day.
- Schedule Free-Time
Life is for enjoying, and sometimes with a busy schedule we forget the most simple things in life. Although it may sound obvious (and perhaps unnecessary), schedule time for 'free-time' whether it be a trip to the beach, lunch with a friend or a day of relaxation, it is important you put it in the diary so you know when to completely switch off.
So there you have it, by following these 5 tips for time management you will find you increase your productivity hugely when you put your head down, and feel at ease when you have time off.
Luckily for our Social Media College students, our tutors are here to assist and guide you through all of these elements so have your very own time management mentor work with you. If you would like more help with this, simply ask your tutor.