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How to organise yourself and stay on top of your time at university

It's pretty common for students to feel as though there's never enough time in the day.

Here are some tips to help you manage your time more effectively.

1. Don't say yes to everything.
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Good Monday morning. Gary Keller said it best. It is all about how you utilize your time. As a realtor, it is imperative that we manage our time productively each day. - I know my schedule is hectic as well as yours which is why my calendar helps me stay on track when it comes to managing time with family, business, and self-care for myself. - Using a calendar also helps me know when to say No & when to say Yes. I prefer to be productive over busy. - Wishing everyone a productive and well-timed week. - #timemanagement #gerryottley #mondaymotivation #pfhomesrealty #realtor #realtorlife #emptynest #retirement #veteran #buyersagent #homebuyer #veteranshelpingveterans #mortgage #home #househunting #atlantarealestate

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Opportunities are abundant at university. It feels like every day you receive an email for a new event that is going to offer you something really useful. It's true, stretching yourself and going beyond your degree is vital to making the most of your university experience. You should definitely take up chances as they come—but be selective. Don't volunteer yourself for everything. Contact hours and independent study hours will vary dependent on courses, but it's guaranteed that degrees are demanding. It's easy to fill your schedule and forget to factor in time to eat, spend time with friends, or do things purely because you enjoy them. Prioritise your work and self-care, and don't feel like all the gaps in your time-tables have to be filled with extra-curricular activities.

2. Stay organised


You've no doubt heard it a million times: organisation is key. If there are a lot of things you need to get done in a week, you need to be aware of what those things are and when they need to be done by. Whether they're on your phone or in a notebook, lists are so easy to make and take around with you. Bullet journals are a stellar way of keeping track of everything and viewing your term at a glance. They're also a great opportunity to get creative and relieve stress. Whether you're arty or not, bullet journals are definitely worth looking into at least once. The variations in styles and methods only make them more accessible and versatile tools.

3. Try out some different methods of working

Adding some structure to study sessions or essay writing can really help you stay on track and get the most out of your day. Everyone is different and will be productive under different conditions. Exploring new ways of getting things done might be the key to finding your ideal way of working. The Pomodoro Technique, for example, breaks down tasks into twenty-five-minute chunks, and factors in break times.

4. Find a balance between work and play

Taking breaks can be risky, particularly if you're easily distracted or not focused enough on a task, but they're beneficial too. It's important to take care of yourself. Remember that taking time off to eat, socialise, exercise and sleep is okay. Taking fifteen minutes between tasks will help you retain information and make it easier for your brain to focus. Rewarding yourself with a YouTube video every half an hour when writing an essay is a good way of motivating yourself to reach that final paragraph.

5. Asking for help when you feel in over your head

There will probably be times that you fall behind on your work, and you feel you need a bit of extra support. It's important to remember you don't have to struggle on your own. Your university is there to support your learning and tutorials with your tutors can often provide you with some clarity about what you need to do to get back on track. It's easy to paint your tutors as the bad guys sometimes, but remember part of their job is to help you. They've been there, and a lot will be sympathetic. Work with them and they'll work with you.

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