You made a schedule last Monday and made a promise to yourself that you will follow it to the core. You tried hard to stick to the schedule on Tuesday but by the end of the day, you were exhausted. On Wednesday, you followed a few items and by Saturday, you are back to your old ways while the schedule is resting in your dustbin.
Students often have a hard time sticking to a schedule. They make plans consistently but often fail to perform. Do you know the reason behind this? Its because your schedules aren’t designed accurately.
What does a perfect schedule look like?
If you are trying to design a schedule around what kind of student you ‘want to be’, as opposed to what kind of student ‘you are’, you will definitely land in trouble. This may sound contradictory to all the time management advice you have heard before. However, this is the truth. Some students feel more comfortable studying during the day while other like to study in the night. A few students perform better when they take frequent breaks in studies while others perform better when studying in two or three hours bursts.
Your perfect schedule takes your personal study style in account. Before you create a schedule, find out your school or college’s time table.
The number of classes you have to attend, and their timing will act as placeholders for your schedule.
On a calendar (or a calendar app) add all the classes that you have to attend to get a visual picture of the week. Now, decide all other activities that should fit in this schedule. This could include a part-time job, a sporting session, a gym session, time with friends and more. Your classes won’t always be at the same time which means that your schedule will demand some flexibility. You may study for 1 hour on Monday and 3 hours on Saturday. Don’t worry. Keep adding all your engagements and you will have an awesome schedule ready in no time.
Be careful while creating a schedule
While adding your engagements for the week, it is highly likely that you will go overboard. You may want to fit as many things in your schedule as possible. Don’t make this mistake. Don’t fill in all spaces in your schedule. This will help you maintain some flexibility. If you want to add extra classes, a long phone call or just some time to relax within these empty spaces, you can do so with ease.
Always remember, keeping your schedule jam packed makes you feel exhausted and overwhelmed at the end of the day. Not scheduling every minute your day is the key to good scheduling, even though it sounds counterproductive.
You must try this scheduling method and see the drastic changes in your day. We advise you not to plan for more than a week at a time. This will help you stay focused and keep you adequately occupied as well. You have to try it to see the real benefits.