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5 Time Management Strategies for Long-Term Academic Success

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Need help with managing your schoolwork? Learn about your five key strategies for time management that will you reach your long-term academic goals.

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During the school year, it’s easy for work to start piling up. Without knowing how to manage your time correctly, the workload can easily become overwhelming for students. This can lead to students feeling stressed, undetermined and unmotivated to study.

Time management is all about balance. In order to manage your time efficiently, which is essential for long-term academic success, you have a strategy in place.

Read below for our five time management strategies to help you perform at your best so that you can achieve your academic goals.

1. Plan out your day

The first step to managing your workload is to create a study schedule that you can follow. Whether it’s a calendar or a daily task list, create a schedule that outlines your tasks for the day and make sure that your goals are achievable. Set a realistic time limit but don’t be stressed if you go overtime. Remember that your expectations will not always be correct. Adjustments to your schedule are inevitable so you have to continuously tweak your timetable until it works for you.

Over time, you’ll find that using a study timetable will help you gain control over your workload. When this happens, we encourage you to start pushing yourself a little more to reach your peak efficiency and productivity.

2. Don’t multitask

When your workload starts to get too heavy, it’s easy to want to multitask. However, multitasking decreases productivity. It is recommended that you focus on only one thing at a time in order to quickly and efficiently complete a task so that you can move onto the next. When bombarded with work, organise and arrange your tasks based on your priorities. Focus on what needs to get done first and dedicate the time to complete it before moving onto the next task.

Even though these tasks may sometimes be tedious, try your best to stay focused so that you can complete the task at hand as this will be a very beneficial habit in the long run.

3. Break large projects into smaller steps

Sometimes you may encounter difficult projects and assessment tasks. In these situations, you should try to break up these tasks into smaller, more achievable tasks. By completing each task in this way, you can work towards completing your project step-by-step without feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

4. Take breaks

A big part of effective time management is to make time for yourself so that you can clear your mind and reset. This is essential if you want to maintain focus on your tasks. Overstudying without breaks can lead to you burning out which will make even the smallest tasks seem impossible to complete. To avoid this, make sure that you include some breaks in your daily study schedule. However, you should treat your breaks as a reward from studying and try not to procrastinate during this time. Active breaks such as going for a walk or hanging out with family and friends can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health and your academic drive.

5. Long-term habits for academic success

Academic success is a long-term process. To become a high-achieving student and reach your academic goals, it is important that you build healthy study habits and implement them every day. Commitment and dedication are necessary for long-term results. Although it can be difficult to consistently adhere to a study timetable in the beginning, remember to always try your best to stay motivated and positive as your efforts will be worth it in the long run.

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