college time management. However, I’ve learned how to make my commitments more flexible. If you’re a student who is earning good grades, engaged in different projects and learn few foreign languages, then a schedule overload might kill you.
In the post below, I’ve developed time management tips for students who want to reduce the damage of the overloading:
1. Create a Table of Consequences.
You need to consider not the payoff if you finish a task, look at what will happen if you don’t finish it. I’m not a fan of this tactics in down times, because it can underestimate urgent, but not very important assignments. However, during overloaded times, knowing what will hurt you the least if you skip it can save your life.
Lower the standards that you consider as “perfect”. Average work won’t give you awards, but it will certainly save you a lot of time without the cost of violating the commitment.
3. Clarify Your Situation. I
f you eventually need to break someone’s promise, explain the reasons in details. Your explanation won’t annul the damage, but it gives you a possibility for returning the debt later.
4. Use the principle of Triage.
Triage is an approach of war-time medics. The idea lies in the concept that you don’t heal the patients that can leave without a treatment. Accordingly, you don’t heal the patients who will day regardless the treatment. War-time medics focused their efforts on the damages where medical intervention can save a life. You can apply this concept to the studies by concentrating your efforts where it needs the biggest impact.
5. Put off the tasks if it is possible.
If the task can be postponed – postpone it. Sometimes it is not necessary to avoid procrastination to stay focused in the overload.
Noisy activities are those that distract your attention, but don’t bring major consequences if you avoid them. Closing down your mail box, not answering your phone, and avoiding some requests can bring you more time with few not significant side effects.
7. Decide Your Priority.
Do you have your core priority in life at this moment? Is it college? Family? Money? Use your priority as a guide to skip unnecessary things.
Knowing how to avoid procrastination in a critical situation is always the best decision for a student. It is always better to stay focused during work than to hurry completing all in the last moment. However, when overloading is fatal, you need to have a strategy to face the consequences of that.