Updated: Mar 16
Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time in the day? You’re always having to pull an all-nighter or cramming last minute? Feel like your squeezing too much in one day? Time management could become your best friend! ✏️🕒
Time Management: the ability to plan and control how you spend the time in the day to productively achieve your goals.
Time management is so important for our generation because we're constantly trying to balance the pressure of academic studies with hobbies/after school clubs, family, and friends 😫.
In order to manage your time effectively, it is first important to look at your priorities, to determine where the underlying issues are in your current routine. By taking a serious look at how you spend your time each week, you'll be able to see areas where you are most definitely time wasting. Now you cannot say you never do, trust me we all do. We can easily pass 3 hours scrolling through Instagram or TikTok... but once we become aware of these things, we can start to consciously cut it out 😅.
The next step is to make a weekly schedule as well as a daily breakdown. This can be made up of your top priorities, preferences and needs.
For example, if you have an important exam coming up Friday, you could start planning note taking from Monday through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for revision and review and then be confident and ready for your exam on Friday!
Of course it always sounds easier said than done, but if you set all distractions aside you most certainly can.
Stay organized! Wasting time such as binge watching a Netflix series or talking to a friend about how “you still haven’t started” won’t make you start any quicker (yes, we're calling you out 😉). If you are a student, you could motivate yourself by buying some fresh stationary and notebooks or making your schedule visually appealing with cool colors and doodles.
🍅 The most common technique: 🍅
The Pomodoro Technique!! You may have heard of the most popular time management technique used by over 2 million people (or if you haven’t...you have now!). Basically, this technique helps break your workload into smaller, manageable tasks. You work without interruption with a 25 minute times, and then take a five-minute breather, repeat that four times, and then you can take a 15 to 30 minute bigger well deserved break.
Have a go today: https://pomofocus.io/
Why is this deemed as the MOST effective?
It can help break down tasks that might look overwhelming at first (For example: Breaking a 1000 word essay into writing paragraphs at a time)
It becomes easier to tackle your tasks, realizing you only have to sit down for 20 minutes and then you have a break seems doable! You can most certainly get started and already be at the end of your first Pomodoro session, and start your first break.
The Pomodoro technique is approachable because it is more about consistency than perfection. Each session is a fresh start to reevaluate your goals, challenge yourself to focus, and limit distractions. You can make the system work for you.
Plan your breaks! If your Pomodoro work sessions happen on your computer as most do in GenZ, don't just switch over to Instagram when the timer goes off. Give your eyes and brain a break from screens — that means your phone too! Stand up, walk around, stretch, go outside, do a mini meditation, grab a snack, catch up with the family. If you work from home, fold some clothes or clear off the kitchen table. Anything that makes you get up and move away from your workplace ;).