Time management can be difficult, I know I certainly struggle with it! It can be especially difficult in college or sixth form, I think, because you have a lot of freedom but also a lot of deadlines. After being at college for a year, and still remaining another year, there are a few things I’ve picked up about time management that I’d like to share with you:
How I Manage Time At College
I use my frees
Sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people take the term ‘free’ literally! If you don’t want to study allllllll weekend, why not use the time you’ve got when you’re meant to be in college anyway? Let’s take a look at my timetable:
My timetable runs from 8:40 to 4:15 every day, except Wednesday (finish at 3:10 for everyone). The green, pink and blue represent my actual subject lessons and the yellow represents my additional timetabled commitments. Obviously, the black represents my free periods. As you can see, there’s quite a lot of space there… 15 hours and 10 minutes of free time within the school day – to be exact.
I don’t work in all of them, that’d simply burn me out, but there are some times where it’s quite convenient for me to get some work done. I find my most productive times to be Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and the gap on Friday. I’ve chosen these times because I’ve got a few hours to kill and not much else going on! I usually spend that Monday free with my friends, although sometimes I need to work then. I find Thursday to be quite an inconvenient and busy day, so I don’t usually do much outside of lesson time. Knowing the best times to work will really help you.
As another example, here’s my timetable from October last (academic) year:
I really struggled with this timetable, there was simply too much going on, but I do know people who have dealt with timetables like this. If I had this timetable now, I would use Monday morning and Thursday morning really well as they are quite decent blocks of time. I’d probably try to use the first gap on Friday as well. Health and Social Care and English were removed from my timetable from early November and not replaced (I literally gained 8 hours and 40 minutes of free time!) – that’s how well that went!
Moral of the story: USE YOUR FREES!!!!!
I like to plan every single aspect of my life to the most precise detail I can – which kind of explains why I’m on medication for OCD… (annnnd that’s not the point Jess) Planning when you’re going to do your work and planning what exactly you’re going to do can really help everyone – not just weird people like me. Planning when you’re going to study and do your homework will help you be able to plan your social life around it easier! That way you get good grades AND friends. Result!
If you struggle to do this on paper or you’d lose it or something, I’d recommend a study planner to use. I use various methods – I have a Study Planner that I picked up from Poundland and also Emma Studies’s blog has several templates etc. that may be useful for you to use too!
Don’t plan to do too much all in one go though, you need time for you too!
Know the deadlines
Knowing when everything is due can really help you plan, time manage and prioritise tasks. Prioritising is super important I think. Not only do you need to do what’s due in first and what’s going to take you the longest first but you should also think about the most important tasks at hand, especially when you’re struggling for time!
If you need to choose between an essay worth 25% of your grade and a standard bit of ungraded homework, I would make sure you leave enough time to write the essay and not worry TOO much about the homework. Still try and complete it though if possible!
That’s my time management tips for now, who knows, maybe I’ll do another post with some more soon! I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
Thanks for reading!