Are you a student in the throws of exams? Strapped for time with deadlines looming? You’re not alone. The workload of students is big, and time management is key for success. You can’t create any more hours in the day, however, you may be surprised at how easy it can be to find space in your hectic schedule. Here are five easy ways to save time.
1 Say goodbye to social media
It’s no secret that social media can be a big time waster. One minute you’re checking your messages or answering an email, the next, you’re scrolling through a celebrity’s Instagram feed or watching another cat video on YouTube. If you’re serious about studying and getting time back in your day, log out of your social media accounts. Not only will this save time but a digital detox may also do wonders for your mental health.
2 Limit your social life
It may not be your first choice, but limiting time with friends is a sure-fire way to gain some extra room in your schedule. While everyone needs to take a break from study and enjoy time with friends and family, you may need to limit your social obligations during exams. When you do attend social events and functions, give yourself a time limit and try stick to it. It may also help your sleeping habits if you reduce your late nights out.
3 Learn to delegate
You may not be able to delegate your actual university work, but there will be things in your life that you can delegate. Whether it’s everyday errands on your to-do list, household chores or an extra shift at your part time job, you may need to enlist the help of friends, family or co-workers during exams. You may even have to tell your boss that you need the week or two of exams off work completely. Prioritise your study and minimise other distractions as much as possible.
4 Figure out how to study-on-the-go
If you’re able to take your study with you, either by shoving a textbook in your bag or sending your assignment to your email, you can easily maximise your time throughout the day. Long commute to work? Waiting for a friend to arrive for coffee? Sitting in a doctor’s office? You be surprised at how these quick study sessions can add up over time. Wherever you can squeeze in some valuable last-minute study.
5 Make sure your technology is up-to-date
Perhaps the greatest time waster of all is dealing with underperforming technology. Before study week or even the semester starts, make sure your computer is working up to speed. Double check you have all the programs that you need, a reliable printer (or at least access to one), multiple USB sticks and a good phone. Work out any space or memory issues you may have and ensure you have access to a reliable internet plan. Do everything you can to avoid any technology frustrations during exams.