The Best Ways to Manage Your Time and De-Stress
As a student, it can oftentimes be overwhelming to manage tasks when it comes to schoolwork and allotting enough time to relax – especially when preparing for upcoming exams and working on projects. Many students start procrastinating their work, which can be a bad habit to fall into. Check out some of these tips below to help you manage your time and de-stress!
Managing Your Time Effectively:
Use a planner or calendar and always keep it handy.
To manage my time, I always keep a planner and update my calendar. I’ve found that they’re the most helpful things to use for organizational purposes and this way I can look at everything at a glance that I have coming up for the week or the month. I use them ALL the time! I’m personally a fan of using a digital calendar on my laptop because I find that a lot of my plans are subject to change and it’s easier to visualize. I like to write out any assignments in a notebook planner because I remember things more after I physically write them down. If you haven’t been keeping a planner or calendar, I would highly recommend trying it!
Make a to-do list for the week and stick to it.
You can never have too many to-do lists. They might sound overrated or unnecessary, but they’re really such a helpful tool for students. I think the idea of crossing off items on your lists as you complete them is a great motivator to get more tasks done (within reason.) To-do lists will help you prioritize your tasks, especially if you break them up into one list for each day of the week. By dividing your tasks each day, it will help you stick to a general plan and it won’t feel as overwhelming.
Set reminders on your phone or laptop.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel SO thrown off when I forget about a task because I forgot to write it down. Most people always have their phone on them, so jotting it down here (or on your laptop) is a quick, easy way to prevent forgetting about tasks. I’ve been setting reminders on my smartphone lately, and it’s convenient to get the notification sent directly to my screen. You can set a specific time for each reminder and mark it as completed to make the notification go away once you’re done.
When you begin to start a project, put your phone away!
Phones are great for communication purposes and reminder notifications, but your phone is easily the biggest distraction while you work on assignments. Do yourself a favor and set it aside! Having it sit right next to you is too tempting to risk the time you have set aside for homework. You’ll thank yourself later when you didn’t procrastinate and your tasks are completed sooner.
Take care of yourself.
During busy times, it’s easy to forget about what you need. Make sure you take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and give yourself a mental break when you feel like it’s too much to handle. Remember that taking care of yourself should always be one of your biggest priorities!
Some Ways to De-Stress:
Stress can stem from so many different things, and sometimes we don’t even know why we feel stressed. I always try to allot time in my day to de-stress and give myself a quick mental break.
Here are some ideas you can use for a quick de-stress activity that will help clear your mind:
- Take a walk outside
- Listen to music
- Write your thoughts out in a journal
- Talk about your stress with a friend
- Draw or color
- Drink tea (instead of coffee!)
Remember that the exam period for the current term is approaching in the next couple months. Try some of these things out to help you manage your time in advance, and you’ll be better prepared to take on your exams in May!
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Hello! My name is Sadie and I am interning for ARCHIP this semester while studying abroad in Prague. I attend the University of Colorado Boulder and major in Public Relations with a Business Minor. My interests and hobbies include hiking, yoga, and travel. I am happy to have the opportunity to intern at ARCHIP and study in Prague!