You’ve got finals to study for. Soccer practice. Theatre practice. Spanish Club meetings. Student government meetings. On top of that you’re waiting tables part-time. Volunteering at the local food bank. Applying for summer internships. And, oh yeah, you have to find some time to hang out with your friends, too. Sometimes life can be so busy you forget to breathe.
Take a break. Relax for a moment. (And for pete’s sake, breathe!)
We’re all busy nowadays. It’s just a fact of modern life. But that doesn’t mean you have to drive yourself crazy trying to juggle it all. When you get down to it, it’s all about proper time management.
Time management is a skill. And, as with any other skill, the more you work at it, the better and more proficient you'll become.
If it feels like your head’s spinning and you’re stressed out about getting everything done, here are a few good tips and tricks for managing your time wisely…
Get Enough Sleep.
It all starts here. Unless you get enough sleep your brain can’t work properly. And if your brain can’t do its job, how are you supposed to tackle that ginormous to-do list of yours? A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that adults 18-25 years of age need at least 7-9 hours per night. So stop burning the midnight oil, shut off the TV, and get yourself some much needed shuteye. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Write It Down.
Remember that giant to-do list we just mentioned? Write it down. Every single day. Making a list of everything you need to accomplish in a particular day can help you visualize things better and tackle things one at a time. (Lifehacker offers this great list of the best to-do list managers) Put the hardest things first so you can work on them early in the day before you start to run out of energy, and then focus on the other tasks one at a time. And put a fun to-do at the end as a type of reward. You deserve it!
Just Say No.
Sure, you want to please everyone. But that’s just not possible. When it comes down to it, you have to do what’s good for you, first and foremost. Your friends might really want you to go with them to that big party down the street instead of staying home and studying for your Bio exam. But guess what? There will be other parties. Right now you have to do what’s right for you. (And we think you know what that is.) You are your number one priority. So be sure to take care of numero uno. (Leo Babauta offers “7 Simple Ways to Say ‘No’”)
Focus, Danielson. (Google it.)
It’s so easy to get distracted nowadays. Facebook, Instagram, smartphones, Netflix, etc. There will always be something vying for your attention. But if you want to get the truly important things done, you have to be able to focus and block out those distractions. If you’re studying, shut off your phone. If you’re working on a paper, close the Internet so you’re not tempted to check your email or your Twitter feed. If you’re in a meeting or working at your job, give those around your undivided attention. Whatever you’re doing with your time, give it your all. That way you can always be confident you’re not wasting it. (According to entrepreneur.com, you can actually train your brain to stay focused)
We all have a lot to do. Just be sure you understand how to manage your time wisely, so you can make sure that you’re making the most of it. ~