“Your greatest resource is your time.” Brian Tracy
This statement is true for every individual, particularly for students whose academic success is reflected in the grades they achieve based on the effort they put into their studies all year round.
However, time is a limited resource within which you have to fit in your classes, research work, projects and assignments, self-study, co-curricular activities, playtime and time to rest.
An important skill that will help you manage all these and boost your academic performance is time management. And not only as a student, but this skill will tide you through the rest of your life as well, helping balance work and play with élan.
But how do you keep your time effectively to ensure academic growth? The academicians at Samsidh are here to guide you with time-tested techniques.
“There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” Charles Richards.
Make each day count. Fill up your calendar with the assignments and projects with the deadlines, study schedule to cover each topic, revision time before the term-end examinations, extra-curricular activities, etc. Review the calendar weekly to take stock of pending tasks and redo the schedule to accommodate them. Try to stick to the set schedule religiously.
“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” Eva Young
Come up with a plan to complete your tasks and act on them promptly. Constantly refining the plan or putting off a task for later is a sure-shot way to eleventh-hour stress to finish off. Complete the homework for the day right after the classes. Or research and collect required information well ahead of a project deadline so that you can put it together on time.
“To do two things at once is to do neither.” Publius Syrus
You cannot put together a science project while solving integration problems. So concentrate on one thing at a time. Break up your tasks in blocks to avoid boredom. Complete part of the project and move on to the math problems. Take a short break and start again. This way, you would be covering a lot more within a short span and yet retaining it all.
“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important.” Lee Iacocca
Identify the subjects that need the most attention. Also, the submissions for which the due dates are drawing close. Unless you prioritize, you would not be able to prepare yourself best or complete your task on time. Get your doubts clarified by the concerned teacher at the earliest to avoid lagging on any topic.
“The key is in not spending time but in investing it.” Stephen R. Covey
Focus on your studies for academic growth but keep time for activities that help you unwind too. Steer clear of becoming dull will all work and no play. Exercise regularly to build stamina, read books to broaden your horizon, sleep and eat right to maintain physical balance, and invest in a hobby that de-stresses you.
The new normal amidst the pandemic has bound you within the four walls. The distractions from the digital world are now constant as you are online most of the time attending classes, studying with friends in a group, researching for projects, and so on. Be mindful of the time you spend on each activity, keeping in mind that at the end, you have just 24 hours a day to check all the boxes in your to-do list and still be in your top form to ace the academic session.
All the best!