My Week is Screwed!

by Julie Baird on February 26, 2010

If you work at a job, planning is relatively straightforward. There is a hard landscape of meetings, start and end times to work around. Other activities are slotted around these things considering their priority.

But how do you plan as a student?

Sure there are classes and regular activities to plan around, but without a start and end time to focus the day it is easy for “work” to fill all waking moments. Added to this is the assignments from multiple “bosses” which often overlap, and work that appears daily to be completed before the next day.

It can all add up to a feeling that you can’t plan!

But remember : “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail!”

Without a plan at all your week really is screwed!

The key is to have a really flexible plan.

Consider:

  • You will always get homework today that needs to be done tomorrow – you don’t know what or for which subjects, but odds on it will appear. Some schools will even tell you how much time you should allow on average.
    • Block out time each day to do this
  • Projects and assignments can be done in bits and completed early! – If you have conflicting due dates then you know this as soon as you get the assignments. Break down the assignments – work out how long each chunk will take and how many you need to do each day / week to complete the project on time.
    • Block out time each day for project work
  • Studying is best done right after the class – If you look over your notes, tidy them up, clarify things or rewrite them each night, you will cut the amount of time you need to spend on cramming for a test.
    • Block out time each day for notes review

Now you have your blocks of time each day to fit around your hard and fast timings.
Each day when you are in that block of time, just pull work from your work list and get going. If things go faster than expected pull something forward to fill the time.  If something takes longer than expected, look at your plan and decide where best to spend the time to finish it – don’t just let it expand into another block without thinking it through.

If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.

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