Manage Your Time for University Academic Success
Here you'll learn a super way to move toward
your full academic potential by adjusting how you use your time.
This page features a unique twist, which is sure to garner results. You can implement it immediately.
You learn how to be more productive studying, which will also likely give you more time for leisure activities.
This page features a unique twist,
which is sure to garner results. You can implement it immediately.
Blocking out your time makes you
Blocking out periods of time
for specific activities focuses your energies.
Most university students—in fact, nearly everyone—leads a rather haphazard existence. Somehow,
every weekend becomes filled with tasks not accomplished from Monday through Friday.
As taught here, the ways you use your blocks of time should end this.
DrVoyageur union rules
Make your academic work full-time—but no more. No evening work.
No weekend work. No overtime. Period, except for the unavoidable situations mentioned below..
The basic weekly blocks
From Monday through Friday, set up a 38
hour work week, almost standard in Canada and the U.S., starting
a 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., with an hour off for lunch
and personal activities. If can, start earlier and end earlier. On Friday, the workday ends at 3:00 p.m.
When you have no more academic work to be done, finish early.
Stand firm that you do not have the ability
to modify these hours—e.g., trade four hours Monday morning for
four hours Wednesday evening—just as if you were working for a
mean employer, who always says no.
Study solely during the day when you are freshest after sleep.
Prepare for the next day
Choose between two ways to set academic goals.
Listing six academic tasks to work on in order of importance will be your usual routine at the end of work day before. Modify these tasks as needed the next day.
These goals do not include routine items such as attending your EcoVillage Design Studio class at 8:00 a.m. Wednesdays. They do include chapters to read, temporary team project meetings for that EcoVillage course. faculty conferences, etc.
Use the other goal setting technique to turbo charge accomplishment when faced with emergencies.
With this you focus solely on the emergency, with the exception of utterly compulsory activities, as well as sleeping and eating at regular times, which are essential for freshness of mind and productivity.
Break up that one emergency into prioritized goals.
Emergency means no social or other leisure activities until done. Say goodbye to your 38-hour workweek.
Your regular weekday academic routine
Take these steps seriously if want profound results.
- Set alarm for 5:58 a.m. and place it far enough away from your bed that you are compelled to get out of bed to turn it off.
- Freshen your mind with some outdoor activity—running, brisk walking, walking not driving to the aquatic centre for some lap swimming, etc.
- Keep your mind fresh by not bloating up on a breakfast overwhelmed by sugar, simple starches, etc.
- Start your academic day as soon as possible after breakfast.
- Lessen the chance of disruptive and tempting social encounters by staking out a variety of places to study without being interrupted. Empty classrooms, study cubicles in the library, a bench or picnic table in a quiet area of a park, an Internet cafe away from campus, etc. If necessary, keep where you will be private.
- Take two 15-minute breaks during the day. Include physical activity during these such as a short walk. If sitting for a long time, at least stand up periodically.
- Make lunch the main meal of the day. That means that you will likely fall asleep more easily at night and that your sleep will be more profound not digesting a big meal.
Look at your accomplishments
With this routine what have you accomplished?
You have >
- Established a routine that promotes both balance of mind and productivity,
- Taken a huge step toward a lifetime of accomplishment and fulfilment.
- Disciplined yourself for success by sticking to a schedule, and
- Set up an incentive of a de facto deadline of 3:00 p.m. Friday. That likely means having more time for pleasure, extra income from outside work, enjoyable
physical activity, and other activities that you do not have to
feel guilty about.
Exceptions to routine
Above: An intramural field at Humboldt State University in Arcata California.
Obviously, medical and dental appointments, trips to other universities for debate and sports competitions, and similar have to be accommodated. In addition, extra rigorous academic programs such as medicine, as well as International students not studying in their mother tongues, may need more study hours.
Within reason, also make an exception for intramural soccer and other games during the day. This type of activity is not only good for your body, but also for you mind.
Best wishes for a great academic year and life ahead!
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