Being a student and a writer can be tricky to navigate when you have class, assignments, and other responsibilities piling on top of each other, leaving you no room to breathe or take a break. It may seem as if you have no time for your hobbies, let alone yourself. How can one possibly get the recommended hours of sleep while trying to maintain good grades and writing their stories?
For many of us, this can boil down to an issue with time management - a much-needed skill that is not taught by many or, in some cases, at all. For those of you who have trouble organizing and delegating your time, there is no need to fret!
Today I’ll be sharing some ways you can manage your time to successfully do both: write and study.
1. Create an agenda
You’ve probably heard this plenty of times before but it helps a lot. Here you can write down all of your assignments, projects, and goals for the day, week, or month with deadlines or dates to help organize your time. This will keep everything organized and tidied up for you to look at without feeling like everything is in chaos. This agenda can be written or a digital one, whichever one works the best for you!
Once you’ve created your agenda (a schedule works fine too), it’s important to look at what needs to get done earlier or what will take up more of your time. The important items can be highlighted or marked so that you won’t forget to do them.
Knowing what to prioritize can be tricky. Here are two questions to ask yourself: Will it help me accomplish other tasks if done first? Or, is this important to my grade/career/writing?
3. Work little by little
Breaking up your assignments is key. Give yourself a break from doing heavy tasks in one sitting and work on it little by little. For example, if you have a week to do a big paper and/or write a major chapter in your novel, allocate time in your schedule to focus on a portion of that specific job. Working on something for thirty minutes a day is a lot easier than working on it for five to six hours in one day. It relieves your workload by a lot.
4. Make it fun
I know that working on everything can be hard and draining, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or rewarding. Perhaps making a playlist or giving yourself a small treat after studying and writing will give you the incentive (and a nice break) you need. Next time you finish an assignment or hit one of your word count goals, give yourself a small gift. You deserve to celebrate your successes, no matter how big or small!
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure, especially if something does not go as planned. You already have a lot on your plate, why make it harder for yourself? Being realistic with yourself and your goals is vital to time management. You want them to be achievable and reasonable; otherwise, you’d be making it much more difficult for yourself.
It’s important to know that even if something does not work out like you wanted it to, it will be okay in the end.
These are all tips and tricks that work for me. If they work for you, that’s perfect but if they don’t, that’s okay too. I encourage you to venture out and explore other ways that suit you the best. Remember: managing your time to study and write is the objective here.
I wish you all good luck!
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