Why is it that you are always busy but unproductive – does that seem familiar? You spend your day working on homework, revising for tests, writing emails, and yet you feel like you got nothing done. This is known as “context switching” – multitasking/doing everything simultaneously with no complete focus. Time management is a critical skill, but many students find it challenging to keep up. You may have heard of cliche methods; however, I present the top five habits for better organizational skills that will save your life!
Task batching is the grouping of similar tasks and doing them all at once, rather than doing spontaneous bursts throughout the day. For example, after you finish eating, the next thing is to wash the dishes, rather than do them throughout the day. This will not only help with getting tasks done, but you will stay focused, decrease distractions, and minimize procrastination. How do you start? List and group the like tasks (creativity, social media, meetings/calls, etc.) you aim that make sense one after the other.
2) Break down intimidating tasks
Imagine looking down at your to-do list. Would you rather do “write an essay” or “do research for an essay?” This is effective because you will do small tasks to manage time, focus and think thoroughly. You can utilize free planning templates and PDFs here. Your mission is to commit to a task without constant interruption. Writing a full-on essay will lead to burnout rather than a productive session (which is not what you want). It would be best to break down big tasks and take breaks in between.
3) Time blocking
Time blocking is the act of planning and dedicating specific time “blocks” for certain tasks and responsibilities. Unlike batching, time blocking tells you when to do the grouped tasks. Did you know: Elon Musk utilizes this time management technique and finds it very effective? How do you start? You have to estimate how long each task may take. For a few days, time yourself and see how long assignments take. After, on paper, divide two sections: on the right of your list, your tasks (as if writing a to-do list). On the left side, you have a section where you make changes to your schedule. This is perfect for those who want to have time for passions.
4) Revised plan
After our schedule changes, we often lose our motivation and sleep it out. Instead, try to shift your schedule and continue your day without feeling overwhelmed – life happens. Plans are meant to be changed, which is why we learn to adapt during certain situations – so, do not be afraid. This helps you visualize how much time you have in your day and how you will spend your day.
5) Growth mindset
There are two types of mindsets in this world: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mind refers to those who do not believe in change and believe their entire life has been preplanned. We strive for the growth mindset; we know that there is always room for improvement and skills waiting to be discovered. Here is a trick: think positive all the time and before you know it, your productivity and mood will drastically change for the better!
Implement these five daily habits in your life and witness improvements in action: spend more quality time with your loved ones, your passions, and yourself! Do you control time, or does time control you? For more advice, check out SkillShare. The best site for learning about anything: education, personal development, and finance.
Reporter Youth.md: Gesica Sirbu