As a student, you have a lot to do with what can feel like very little time. Alongside achieving the best grades, this is an important time to get plenty of rest, be social and take care of yourself.
When you return to adult learning, there are some smart techniques you can use to increase your productivity and ensure that there is time to lead a balanced life. Errands can eat up time like nothing else. Maintaining a personal and professional life alongside adult learning can be challenging. Trips which should take five minutes end up taking an hour and before you know it, your lunch break is imposing on your study time.
It’s difficult to plan your personal time if you don’t know how you’re spending it. Tracking your hours is an important step toward better time management. Start by breaking down a major project into manageable individual tasks.
For your classes, you may need to complete an academic review, draft essay or answer a series of questions. Each activity should take a set time that allows for edits and research. Allocate time blocks to each assignment and take note of the time you start and finish the tasks.
It can be useful to use a time tracking app or simply the clock on the wall to make sure you stay on track. Every time you need a break, get a bite to eat or let your mind wander, clock off and write down your hours.