Distance learning makes time management - planning and dealing with your time - extra relevant.
Is this a real challenge for you? Maybe these tips below will help you!
- Add structure to your day
- Get rid of procrastination
1. Add structure to your day
A certain rhythm in your day or week gives you something to hold on to and structure.
- Draw up a fixed day structure
✔ Get up at about the same hour every day and go to sleep at about the same hour. This way you ensure a regular biorhythm.
✔ Give certain activities that come back daily or weekly, a permanent place in your day or week.
eg: a workout before breakfast every morning
eg: skype with friends every Thursday evening
✔ Also provide regular moments to study in your day or week.
eg: study every day during office hours (9 am - 5 pm), with the necessary breaks of course!
eg: follow your class schedule every day: at times when class is planned,
you study for that subject. This way you make sure that you do not overlook any subjects,eg: take one fixed day off per week.
An example of a day in the life of an 'online' student?
→ check out this video! (14 ')
- Make a clear distinction between study moments and moments of relaxation, housework,…
Multitasking is not productive, so don't do it.
Do not chat at study moments, and try not to study while watching TV, but reserve separate moments for both.
→ Not convinced yet? Check this website.
- Install habits and routines
Habits make certain things go 'by themselves'. They save you energy, protect your focus and keep you working.
So invest in good habits and routines!
You will find out how to do this in this video (10 ')
- Involve your environment
Inform your housemates and your friends about your daily and weekly schedule. That way, they won't bother you when you study, and they might motivate you to carry out your planning effectively.
- … But remain flexible!
Of course you don't have to become a slave to your established structure. An occasional change won't hurt.
A schedule makes you think about how you want to spend your time and can also help you do what you want to do effectively.
And planning can be done in different ways. Below an overview.
- Set yourself a number of goals every day.
Make a to do list: list for yourself a number of tasks that you want to complete.
You can make a to do list per day or per week. If you opt for a weekly variant, mark your daily goals for that day.
Working efficiently with to do's? Discover it in:
✔ For some students, to-do lists already offer enough structure to start working effectively.
Others need more detailed planning, for example in the form of a weekly schedule.
- Structure your tasks in a weekly schedule. Weekly you can plan how you want to organize your days.
When do you want to start studying? What task will you be working on? When is it time for relaxation? What evening do you keep free to netflix → it's all there!
This document leads you in 6 steps to a nice weekly schedule.
3. Get rid of procrastination
Less structure and more freedom sometimes lead to ... more procrastination.
There are many ways to limit procrastination.
… or make an appointment with your student counselor and find out together how you can tackle your procrastination!
The most important principles of time management are summarized: