How to Optimize Your Time

 

Whether you’re a student preparing for the SAT in between homework and practice, or a parent trying to get everyone where they need to be while juggling work and chores, scheduling can be a nightmare. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done!

Carefully planning and managing your time is a key characteristic of successful students. It prevents procrastination on important assignments and cramming the night before the test. By keeping to a schedule, students can recognize areas of concern early and ask for help. High school students have most of their day planned out for them, but university students can struggle with time management, since days are less structured.

My first quarter at college, I only had classes from 8:30am to 11:30am. However, I still managed to procrastinate on projects until the day before. I wasn’t used to having so much free time and having the freedom to structure it as I saw fit. It took me some time to find a schedule that kept me on track. It actually got easier once I found a part-time job, since it forced me to ration my shrunken free time more carefully.

Below, you will find several YouTube videos introducing a variety of concepts for organizing your time to accomplish more. For students, parents, and everyone in between, we can always use some advice on becoming more productive!   

The Eisenhower Matrix  

 

John Green is an author and video blogger, known for his YouTube Channel VlogBrothers and books such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. In this video, he describes how he utilizes the Eisenhower Matrix to determine the urgency of certain tasks and reduce stress.

 

Block Scheduling

Jordan Page runs a blog called Fun, Cheap, or Free, where she describes the methods she uses to keep her life under control and under budget (something difficult to achieve with a family of 7, soon to be 8!). Recently she posted a video on productivity using the block schedule system.

 

Ten Tips for Time Management for Students

Studytee is a video blog aimed specifically at students with study tips, recommendations, and study motivation. This video is a good rehashing of some basic student study methods, like prioritizing tasks, as well as a few unique ideas, such as bullet journaling, which has become very popular as of late. If bullet journaling specifically interests you, or you just want to know what in the world it is, Buzzfeed did a short video explaining the phenomenon!   

 

Algorithms to Live By

TED-Ed aims to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. This video outlines how we can look to machines, specifically computers, and take inspiration from how they sort and accomplish tasks.

 

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