We have all been there. Those days when we sit down and think how 24 hours in a day just doesn’t seem like enough time to get all the things on our checklist done. Being in an international program, time management skills are essential to fulfill my potential and expectations that I have set for myself as a student. After understanding the snowball effect of stress and knowing that the workload will only pile on, I decided it was time I start following a more ideal system to stay on top of my work.
Disclaimer the following points may reflect your life right now.
1. Repair your existing agenda
Remember how in the “old days” just listing out what you had to do was enough to get the job done. Through my observation, that method had proved to be ineffective for the following reasons. Doing this is like setting unrealistic goals that may be difficult to attain once you begin your work. Since you are throwing in all the ideas you have in your mind, you may not realize that 5 pm – 10 pm may not be enough time to finish all 20 things, volunteer, eat dinner, and shower. Instead, write a clear description of what has to be done. Start early so that you have enough time to finish, and write specifically how much time you predict each activity will take you.
2. Energizing yourself for the day
Ever walked into class regretting staying up all night because now you’re lacking focus, have no energy to participate, and can’t wait to go home just to sleep. That day is now lost forever and you will never get it back. Now, some may be well-acquainted with this lifestyle and maybe fine with working on 2 hours of sleep, but the big picture may suggest otherwise. The bottom line is do not compromise the sleep you need to function effectively. Each day is important so take the opportunity to make the best of it!
3. Utilizing free time
Free time is where I watch TED-talks one after the other until I have found incentive in the works of brilliant individuals around the world. I believe there is no better way to take breaks from your active schedule than engaging in activities that genuinely sparks your interest. From poetry slam events, medical/leadership conferences, science fairs, and choir practices, it has all shaped who I’ve become today.
These experiences showed me how to avoid the familiar wave of stress, see the positivity in today’s reality, and appreciate the amount of opportunities available to us, the youth.
Naomie Amalathas, 15