Time Management is an important skill that students need to develop productive habits and get more done in less time. It seems like a never-ending story where students are always lagging back on their school assignments, projects, and upcoming exams. Effective time management is every student’s best ally, especially during the Corona virus lockdown, and the key to crossing one hurdle after another, making better use of your time in a study-at-home routine.
At SNIS International Residential School, students are consistently exposed to a culture of constant growth where time management is an overriding principle of active student life. Exposed to a myriad of class activities at the SNIS International Residential School, students are encouraged to make efficient use of their time fit and cultivate good habits to achieve growth and productivity that designate greater success in their later life. Here are the 5 best time management strategies for students to manage and invest in their time wisely.
Planning and preparing a study schedule should be the first point of action. Start by prioritizing and making a to-do list of the most important, urgent, and impending tasks at hand. Group overwhelming tasks together and create a master schedule with a study agenda recording the due dates to work on assignments, cover new topics, and prepare for upcoming tests. At SNIS International Residential School, we equip students with critical thinking skills that help them prioritize, plan, and sketch out their daily schedule to maximize productivity and make time to explore their personal interests.
Start your day early in the morning when you can be the most productive and tackle the biggest tasks for the day first. Getting the bigger things out of the way will open up your schedule to fit more tasks into the day. Go by the deadline and break down the bigger tasks into shorter ones to finish up in time.
More often than not multitasking is not the way to get more things done in lesser time. Research has shown that our brains are not as good at handling multiple tasks at one time as we think they are. In fact, researchers have found that multitasking actually reduces around 40% of our productivity. Switching back and forth between different tasks can slow down your thinking process and cause mental blocks that can significantly affect your creativity. Instead, focus on a single thing at once and give full attention to the task in front of you.
Maintaining a daily study routine will push you to keep your schoolwork on track and motivate you to stay productive each day. Rather than aiming for the stars with long-term goals, set small, realistic goals that will give you the momentum to get through bigger challenges and drive you to accomplish your goals each day. Setting and achieving small goals for the day, week, and collectively each month will help you develop a habit of growth. To achieve bigger goals, you need to start with small habits and make slow progress in the right direction.
As we’re making do with the trials and tribulations of the current lazy lockdown routine, minimizing the distractions that come with a home study schedule is easier said than done. You’re obviously more prone to skipping a day or two of self-study and end up watching a Netflix show on the couch all evening. But this is especially where you need to put a conscious stop to the digital distractions that surround our lives. Doing certain activities that signal your brain you’re in study mode, can help you better concentrate on your target for the day without getting any distracting thoughts while doing deep work. Put your phone aside, create a dedicated study space, and recognize the learning patterns that help you focus better and learn faster.