It's easy to start to feel overwhelmed when the assignments keep piling in, you are trying to make it on time to class and the new manager at work is giving you hell. We have all felt overwhelmed at some stage while trying to master the skill of time management and have some sort of work-life balance. The good news is you are not alone and there are some easy steps you can put in place to help you to manage your time, efficiency and workload a little easier.
Time management is a skill that you will get better at as you get older, though it is impossible to teach it in a classroom, there will be day to day life lessons that will help you to hone in on your time management skills.
Take the time to read these tips and then begin to put them into action, I promise with a little trial and error you will be on the road to mastering your time management and working smarter not harder to achieve your goals. Check them out below:
Unfortunately, these time consuming, brain-draining assignments aren’t going anywhere so make sure you prioritise them over anything else you are doing. Assignments are such a large part of your overall marks whether you be at uni or at school so you really need to ensure that these are at the top of your to-do list. Ensure you are setting enough time aside to complete them by their due date and that you are working on them during the optimal part of your day when you are feeling the most motivated and ready to take on the world!
Have an open and honest conversation with your boss at work
There is no time like the present to chat with your employer about your work expectations and see if there is any room for adjustment, let them know that your studies or degree will ultimately help you add value to the business, that way they might be more accommodating to your request. Ask if it’s possible to delegate some responsibilities, work from home or if there are any flexible day options where perhaps you could take a half day or make up the time some other way. If you don’t ask, you don’t know!
Take advantage of online options if possible
If your work schedule and uni classes are causing ongoing conflicts, then why not talk to your year coordinator about taking your Summer classes online? It can be a great way to get your uni work done in your own time at your own pace.
Be prepared and organised
Ensure you are using a calendar and diary to remind yourself when you need to start doing your assignments to have them finished in time as well as your class times and days and your uni due dates. By writing everything down and looking at it daily you are far more likely to remember what needs to get done and when.
Sleep earlier and get up earlier
Though time is of the optimum here you can make sure you are getting more hours in your day by simply making them, so train yourself to get up at 6am, where you can go for a walk or to the gym, eat breakfast and start your day right then once you have put a little energy in the tank and done something for yourself you can go about starting your day. I know it might seem impossible but getting at least 8 hours of sleep is so important for your brain functionality and your mood so do your best to sleep/rest and relax your mind.
A rigorous class schedule demands your energy and time but it shouldn’t deplete your health or your wellbeing so make sure you are eating well and taking breaks when you can to unwind.
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