The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot
– Michael Altshuler
Haven’t you looked back to one of your memories and wished you could do better? How much do we wish to go back in a time machine and rectify all of our mistakes! That’s something everyone hates about time – it never waits.
As one always say, The best time to act is NOW! But the action is not enough. We need something by which we can act productively and bring out an effective result! With aspects of the environment, human and social, the world knows it by the name Time Management!
Walking down the stage after giving a felicitation speech before the whole school, with the trophy for scoring reasonably well in board exams clamped by my sweaty hands, I couldn’t help but thank god for making those sleepless nights fruitful. But it would be a lie if say that I was satisfied with my result.
Of course, I wasn’t. For a student aiming for board and entrance examinations, my preparations weren’t sufficient. Maybe that’s why I failed miserably at every entrance that I wrote.
If you think that you can score well in 12th board exams with your ability to stay up the whole night before exam then you’re terribly wrong. Even the one who started preparing right from the beginning of the academic year might find it difficult by the end. Because it’s not about how much you study but how you study.
When my juniors ran up to me asking me for tips to crack boards exams, all I could say was two words – Time Management! I wish I had applied the same, but one only learns from their mistakes! Sigh!
What is Time Management?
A general misconception people have when talking about time management is that it’s management of time! Well, time is sluttish. It won’t wait for anyone, ever. Time itself cannot be managed, only your schedule can be. So when we talk about time management, one should realize that we are talking about managing our schedule according to the time, or in other words getting organized in life.
Time Management, as per Wikipedia, is the process of planning and exercising conscious control on time spent on specific activities in order to increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. The easiest definition of time management was given by my mother, who pointed her spatula at me in the most aggressive manner and said, “It’s for you to decide your priorities. Watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S or study….your call!”That’s the first key to proper time management for students, and eventually to a lifelong success – Setting up your priorities.
1.Setting up of priorities
Have you prepared a schedule for an effective use of time? Good! Have you completed your notes for the same? Good!
But folks, nothing would work if you don’t have the mindset to work. This is something that no one in this world can help you with. We have parents, teachers, friends and many people around us who would encourage us to the extent. But the decision to work, the determination to win, and the thirst for success can only be brought by you!
As my mother (with her spatula) said it’s your call! It’s up to you to set your priorities. It’s like choosing one above another between your personal likings, study and social life. I’m not suggesting for removal of one but just keeping non-important things (like listening to music) down in your priority list and important aspects of your studies (like watching online tutorials) up in your list! Once it’s done then the whole process of management would be a cakewalk.
Okay so we have a set of our priorities. It was something I failed at! My addiction to tv series F.R.I.E.N.D.S and obsession towards music was what ruined my mindset to study! As one always say, don’t let others repeat your mistake! So let me take this opportunity to reveal the next step you should do and I should’ve done for an efficient use of time – a simple To-Do List.
2. To-Do List
This is a great and successful step in time management for students. Write down a list of things you have to complete within a day and stick it to your study desk, bedroom wall or somewhere in your eye-reach. Ensure that you complete the same by the due time.
The best things about a to-do list are that the feeling of productivity it gives relieves us from stress. The way it highlights the priorities and the scheduled since it gives creates a great mindset for one to work. And also, your brain is not the most efficient in remembering things but trust me in this….a to-do list will help you remember your deadlines and the works you’re supposed to complete. And thus keeps us focused on our works.
Talking about study desk, here comes the next.
3. Good Environment
It works! You have set up your priorities, made a to-do list but the mindset goes in the drain if you have a dull room with a messy table and locked up air. One of the greatest requirements for a student is the environment to study. A study table with adequate space to keep books and stationery lit with enough lighting and proper ventilation allowing fresh air in, is something that would keep our mind fresh and focused on our books.
When one asks me who my greatest enemy is, I wouldn’t take a moment but answer – LAZINESS! Damn, it sucks! I still remember when I made my best friend do all the drawings in the biology fair record! Well the same thing was asked in exam. She drew it and I sat staring at the ceiling! Another thing which was a serious bug was the tendency to postpone!
4. PREPONE but never POSTPONE; best tip in time management for students
The title says it all! Complete your works by the due day or before it but never keep it for another day. As the famous quote says,
The best time is NOW
It’s NOW or NEVER. The burden procrastination would bring can be seen if you postpone a work for just ONE day. Just one day is enough to disrupt the whole schedule you had taken time to set up and the whole list of priorities you struggled to get done!
Time management is a bit hard to achieve, but never impossible! It’s like playing football. You have the ball! There are many around you to snatch it from you. First you need to believe in yourself and have the confidence run past everyone.
You run past everyone, duck them, jump over them and finally reach the goal post. And there you have the biggest obstacle – goalkeeper! The one who tricks the keeper and gets the ball in the net wins!
It’s up to you to kick the ball. It’s up to you to learn how to kick the ball! And the rest comes along with it.