When I think of summer, I typically think of the beach, vacations, and a ton of fun. However, I haven’t exactly had a summer quite like that in a while. For the past couple of summers, I have definitely focused my attention on studying and preparing for the next steps in my life. In turn, this has really helped me gain a TON of time management skills that weren’t as strong as they were when I was in undergrad. I have to be honest when I say that studying during the summer is not fun, but when you have a goal, you have to do what’s necessary to reach it. Additionally, summer is not only a time for people to study, but people look for jobs or they may have a lot going on. So, these summer time management tips should help any situation you may find yourself in.
Get Yourself A Planner
I’m the type of person that gets overwhelmed if I don’t have everything planned out. During college, I didn’t really need a planner because my schedule was pretty much the same. However, when I was in grad school, everything was a lot more self-paced. So, I got myself a planner and learned how to use it efficiently. You don’t have to plan out your entire summer or even a whole month. Sure, it may help to do that, but I noticed that things changed week to week for me. Some days I needed to go to the library five times a week. Other weeks I only needed to go twice.
Now, if I wanted to take a weekend trip, I definitely made sure that I was doing everything I needed to do before going. So, if that meant that I needed to spend seven days a week in the library to get my work done, that’s what I had to do!
Do It Sooner Than Later
Having things planned out really helps because you can pace yourself but it is also a good idea to get things done as soon as possible. This means don’t procrastinate! Planning is great but subtly planning ahead is even better because you will get things done without waiting until the last minute.
I know some people think that they really get things done when they’re crunching for time. Believe me when I said that I thought the same. However, I found myself so much less stressed when I didn’t wait until the last minute, especially when exercising summer time management. My work quality was better, I caught my mistakes, and I was less stressed. So, when I found myself idle, I cracked opened a book or my laptop and got to work. Trust me, you will thank yourself!
Find Your Space
If you’re like me, doing work at home does not work for you. I get distracted by the TV, my phone, or my bed. It’s really hard! However, when I found my place to study and get stuff done, I could focus a lot better. I personally found solace in my local library, but some people can focus in coffee shops or other spaces. Find the place where you feel like you can get the best work done. Additionally, really make sure you block out enough time to focus. Summer time management is all about getting things done efficiently. So, this definitely should include the space you work in.
At the end of the day, time management is something that is learned from continuously doing it. So, this means making time management a habit. I’ve had at least two years to really cultivate this skill. I have to admit that at first, time management can be hard, especially during the summer. However, now that I know how to manage my time, I am definitely looking forward to conquering anything in the future.
Question of the day: What are some of your best summer time management tips?
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