How will you manage your daily routine while studying abroad?
What do you think will be your biggest challenge when you abroad for studying? The answer is time management. Because there will be a lot to do and time will run quickly between your school as well as a part-time job. Even if you are not doing a part-time job, there will be a lot of other extra-curricular activities which you need to find time for. This post, focusing on the same, is going to list out five tips for improved time management.
Be Sure about the MUST Dos
It is always good to make a list of every task you MUST do. This needs to include anything that needs to be done on a regular basis. If you are managing a part-time job, then include that as well. Keep University deadlines for an assignment submission or upcoming exam. Along with these tasks, keep the time by which you can complete these tasks. This will help you to understand whether you will be able to do all tasks in allotted time. Also, based on the importance and time taken to complete, you can prioritize these tasks. This method has always proven fruitful in time management.
Prepare a Schedule or Calendar for Life
Have you ever felt that there is a need for a schedule for your life?When you know about the things that can become your daily routine, the schedule is always helpful. It can be either on an app in your phone or written calendar or any other tool that works perfectly for you and your needs. You can add all the must do items into the calendar, mark down classes as well as work hours. Do not forget to set aside ample time for sleeping (7-8 hours a night), which is crucial for good performance in your studies.
Mark Realistic Study Time
Do you know, to get good grades and perform well, how many hours per week you have to spend on studies? Well..It is between 30-40 hours a week! That is like 15 hours a week in lectures and an additional 15-20 hours studying on your own. As your first priority needs to be studies, you need to block out as much of this time so that your study will not get affected.
Face the Hard Things First
When you have lots of tasks to do, you will feel that doing small tasks before larger ones will be better. But most of the time, it will work better in the opposite way. Like starting off with the hardest assignment and then completing smaller ones when you find yourself time to ease down. Try this way for one time and you will surely feel the difference.
Handling Procrastination is an Art
Here comes the villain in time management!
It will just lead you to stop all the work you did and put off the important tasks to make you worried till the last second. There can be a lot of instances where you will fall behind, but try to minimize such possibilities. You will need to find the place and time which works best for you to study. For many, this may be time with friends at the coffee shop or at the library where there is complete silence. Try to find out ways in which you can complete important tasks on time.Do not undermine your talents unnecessarily. So, make sure to not let procrastination become a habit! Because it has the power to break you.
The key to time management is to see the value of every moment.So, plan out a schedule which will make you feel comfortable and above all, at peace. Kindly remember above-mentioned five tips as golden rules of time management. This will surely help you a lot.
Kindly post if you have any feedback, comment or suggestions.
If you feel you would need guidance from our experts or alumni, always feel free to contact us @ [email protected] or +91-120-653-3966.