There was a man who lived nearly three hundred years ago and is still recognized today for his unique time management skills. His simple methodologies for time management set a precedent for success. This man was none other than Benjamin Franklin. Because of his intentional use of time, Franklin invented swim flippers at the young age of eleven, and continued inventing things that are still in use today, such as the odometer. As students, the importance of time management cannot be overstated. After a summer of fun, it is often hard to get back into the grind of school. Getting back into a good routine can be challenging without adequate preparation. A little forethought on your daily routine may have long-lasting rewards that will make this academic year the best one yet. Now that we’re back to school once again, let’s review some important factors that set students up for success.
- Prepare your backpack and outfit every night before you go to bed. It is always best to have everything that you will need for your class days laid out the night before so that you are not scrambling for things in the morning.
- Pack your lunches for the week, label them, and have them in the refrigerator ready to grab when you wake up each morning. Put a sticky note or reminder on your phone to grab your packed lunch before you head out the door.
- Eat a satisfying and healthy breakfast. Eating whole grain cereal, oatmeal, eggs, a smoothie, yogurt, fruit, and multi-grain toast are some good options for a quick, nutritious breakfast. Many of these breakfast foods can be set out ahead of time.
- Maintain a routine for bedtime and waking up early every day, even on the weekends. It is recommended that you get eight hours of sleep, so go to bed early enough to ensure that you will be well rested and on track for class days.
- Make to-do lists with things that you must accomplish so that you can set realistic expectations for completing these things. Make sure that you prioritize your to-do lists with important tasks higher in the lists and less important tasks toward the bottom. It is very satisfying to cross off tasks as you finish them.
- Set reminders on your phone for important upcoming tasks. It is always a good idea to
put assignments and test days into your phone so that you are not surprised by any due dates. It is easy to set reminders for upcoming tasks in advance so that you are not waiting until the night before they are due to finish them.
- Remove distractions during times when you are supposed to be productive and accomplishing important tasks. If you find yourself checking your phone and social media constantly, set time limits for yourself and only allow yourself to check your phone during breaks between study sessions. Setting a timer may help you stay focused for a set amount of time. After you have been productive, reward yourself with a nice walk, chat with friends, or some hobby of interest
- Prioritize your time and set goals so that you have time for family, academics, and extracurricular activities of interest. Everyone has different priorities and it is important to identify what your goals are for the year. How do you want to spend your spare time? Will you fill it with extracurricular activities, will you spend it with family, or will you use it studying? Figure out what is important for you to accomplish this year and stick with it. For example, don’t feel obligated to join a club just because all of your friends are joining. Ask yourself, is this important to me? Will it help me reach my goal?
- Be proactive and schedule some time with a tutor in any subjects that you know are difficult for you. Waiting until you are failing a class to seek out help may cause a lot of anxiety. Schedule time to meet with a tutor so that you can stay on top of your academics and be prepared for any upcoming standardized tests and college applications. It is never too soon to get a tutor that can complement your curriculum. To learn more about how The Brain Domain helps students throughout the Houston area and across the United States, visit our Tutoring Page.