University life is hectic and comes with plenty of conflicting commitments – assignments all due in the same week, hall activities sprung on you, reserving time to chill with friends and family, etc. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by everything and panic when the days and hours are dwindling so it’s important to know how to manage your time.

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Here are some tips we’ve gathered from other university websites to help you effectively manage your time.

The University of British Columbia came up with a Big Five list to help you manage your time better –

  1. Plan: set personal goals (both short term and long term) that are realistic and achievable and reevaluate them as needed
  2. Assess: keep a log of how you currently spend your time so that you can identify time wasters and patterns you never consciously noticed
  3. Organise: create to-do lists for the day
  4. Prioritise: prioritise your list and keep track of commitments
  5. Schedule: keep a notebook or use a mobile app to send you reminders and keep your checklist of things to do

In addition to this, the University of New South Wales recommends figuring out your optimum study conditions early on to be more effective in your studying as well as completing simple tasks as soon as possible so that you have more time allocated to more difficult tasks.

Time management skills are useful not just for your university career but also in your personal life as well as professionally. Pick up the habit early and use it to keep sane when you’re bombarded by commitments you can’t get out of!