Hey, guys! Time management is something I generally struggle with, but I have come up with a few tips to help me with managing my time properly, and I thought I’d share them with you:
GET A PLANNER!! Personally, I prefer a day to day planner as then I can specifically log in what I’m going to be doing, at what point during the day, and it clearly visible to me. Having a planner has really helped me to keep track of what I’m doing each day, and I can quickly refer back to it if I’m not sure when I have a club/appointment/etc.
Learn how to prioritize. It’s coming up to exam season for me which means loads of studying and revision. What I do is I go through each of my subjects and see which ones I need to spend more time on. For example, I struggle more with Science and Maths than I do English and History, therefore I should spend more time revising those than the ones I am already capable in. Also, once I’ve worked out which subjects I should spend the most time on, I break it down further. Are there specific aspects of that subject that I really cannot do? Do I struggle more in Biology than Physics? Am I better at algebra than geometry? From there, I allocate a reasonable amount of time to each subject which will help me maximize the availability of my time.
Use weekdays to study and weekends to have fun. If you’re like me and you enjoy a good party, or you like going out with friends, then I recommend using your weekdays to get all your work done, and then relaxing on the weekends (unless you have a major project e.g. art coursework, because trust me you will need the weekends to get that shit done). By working after school, your brain is automatically in work mode and you can quickly fall back into that routine of sitting down and getting everything done. This is the same for homework. DO YOUR HOMEWORK THE DAY IT IS SET! Honestly, you will thank me later when you’re not up at 11pm on a Sunday night trying to finish that essay you’ve had 2 weeks to do.
Don’t waste ‘dead time’. For me, ‘dead time’ is when I’m eating, or getting ready in the morning, or on the bus/train. Use this time to squeeze in any small revision tasks. I have a German writing assessment coming up soon so this time will be spent going over my paragraphs and making sure that I know them all and can perform at my best. You could use this time to go over flashcards or learn key equations (if you’re like me and you’re a 9-1 baby then you know how annoying it is to have to learn all the equations and how difficult it can get).
And finally, take advantage of after school clubs!! My school hosts a revision session in the library every Monday - Thursday, with sixth-formers so that they can tutor us and we can get in some extra revision time. There is also Art Catchup every Wednesday after school and every lunch time. And there are maths, English and science clubs that are always happening. Take advantage of these opportunities because they really do help!
I hope all of this was helpful to everyone! Feel free to add some of your own tips as well!