5 steps to conquer time management this semester

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Our motivation has been dwindling for over a year since the pandemic started and zoom university became a thing. We might have gotten a chance to relax over summer break, but our time management skills need improving before returning to university, Sarah Cupitt writes.

Summer session is the primary break time for university students (minus the few that have to study at Sydney City Campus). However, hours of binge-watching the newest Netflix series like Bridgerton or hunting for trophies on the new PS5 can leave our bodies lacking time structure. If you work and study simultaneously, this may not affect you as much; however, time management hacks are forever evolving, and there’s always something new to learn.

With classes now open for registration, it’s a good time to reintroduce mindfulness into your daily routine to build some good habits to start the university year.

1. Record your energy-draining activities in a notebook or notes app.

2. Schedule your extracurriculars, hobbies and self-care.

3. Review how you feel after a full month of tracking.

Research, however, summarily discredits the 21-day rule. Phillippa Lally, PhD, a senior researcher at University College London, published a study that found it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit, more than double the time of the 21-day challenge.

Since consistency is the key to success, I recommend adhering to daily tracking for at least a month. If you’re up for a challenge, continue monitoring your activities throughout the semester.

4. Blow up your schedule to the extent of your control.

Read more: 10 Minutes on Friday That Will Make Your Monday 10 Times Easier.

5. Keep learning. Knowledge is power.

Read more: How To Plan Your Days, Months, and Years.

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