Organization, schedule, responsibilities… If you too are the king of procrastination, denial and laziness, if you too forget half the things you have to do, if you too are always behind on all the things you have to do… You’re in the right place, comrade!
There are a multitude of ways to manage your time. But none of them are universal, and it is up to everyone to find the method that best suits them. Here’s an article that may help you find the perfect solution for you, in order to become a pro of the organization
Step 1 to manage your time: Know yourself
The first thing you need to do to learn how to organize yourself well is to understand how you work.
Managing your time: do you have to plan everything?
It depends entirely on you and your personality! Are you the kind of person who needs to plan everything to manage your time, or rather the kind of guy who gives you a margin of spontaneity? Do you need to set yourself an ultra-detailed program that will motivate you and that you will try to follow to the letter, or are you one of those who never manage to keep a schedule too precise, because there are often unforeseen events that upset everything you had planned?
It also depends on your needs: if you are in a period of revisions for part-time or competitions, for example, maybe you will need to prepare a more specific program than the one you use on a daily basis for your classes!
Be careful, you don’t have to plan: build a nice schedule with pretty colors and pretty symbols, that’s good, but you have to have a real motivation behind it. It’s not of much interest to do a program if you don’t try to follow it
Do a work of introspection to better organize yourself
Try to understand which organizational choices are most effective for you: if your buddy has the perfect method of organization, it won’t necessarily be perfect for you. That’s why it’s so important to get to know each other well! Try different ways of doing things until you know which methods are best for you.
For example, at which times of the day are you most effective at working? More like the morning, in the early evening or late at night? When do you prefer to relax? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How much time do you need to devote to this or that subject?
You will have to spend more time on the subjects that are problematic for you (while also taking into account the more or less importance of the subjects in relation to each other).
Knowing your own functioning will allow you to know how much time to devote to a particular task, this or that hobby, and how to spread it over a day or a week
Step 2 to learn how to manage your time: the schedule
To have good time management, you need to prioritize
For this, set yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly moment (depending on what you prefer) during which you will be able to set your goals and the tasks to be accomplished for the day/week / month to come.
The best thing, in my opinion, is to do it every week, because you have a fairly accurate view of how your days are going while having a global perspective over seven days.
Distinguishes your academic and/or professional responsibilities and those relating to your private life and leisure activities. Then you will be able to build an effective schedule that will allow you to accomplish all your goals!
Prioritize your priorities: first spread out the urgent tasks that you can’t postpone, then the less important tasks, and so on – and make sure to always keep time for relaxation and leisure, even to establish a schedule during periods of partial revisions or competitions. Relaxing is essential, otherwise, you risk saturating very quickly!
Make a schedule to better organize
Nothing better than a good schedule to be at the top of your time management!
As explained in detail in the article on schedules (link just below), to facilitate the establishment of your schedule, you can distinguish four times: your hours of course/internship, your incompressible time (eating, sleeping, showering …), your hours of work (duties, revisions …) and the time devoted to your leisure and your friends. Then you can build a small, clear, and effective calendar
As for your working time: intelligently distributed the arduous tasks and materials you like: if you have trouble getting back in the bath of work on your way home, start with a material not too difficult, for example your LV2.
However, avoid making the most painful materials last, because you may get discouraged and not go through with what you need to do. Or, if you can get to work quickly on your way home, you can try to start with all the tasks you don’t like to get rid of them. But be careful not to botch them either!
Short! Try to spread what you like and what you like less in a balanced way in your schedule.
As for your incompressible time: don’t neglect your hours of sleep! The risk, when you have a very busy schedule (for example in prep), is to use a few hours of your sleep to finish your goals, going from a night of 8 hours to 5 hours for example. We’re not going to go through four paths: it’s not a good idea at all! It may work once, but you may be leached the next day, and you will lose motivation and productivity as the days go by.
Finally, when it comes to your leisure and your moments of relaxation: don’t neglect them either! Too much work kills work Always give yourself time in the week (if possible every day) to take care of yourself, go out with your friends, etc.