Online education has been going around for a bit now. With the not-so-loved onset of the pandemic, students like us are really forced to befriend their devices and sadly, give up the warmth of a real classroom. On the internet, Everything seems like an urgency. Life is so fast-paced and ever-changing, you feel like you’re being left far behind and you need to hurry. They’re constantly telling you this- hurry up or you won’t be good enough.
Battling this feeling and focusing on your academics is not cake. There is no excuse for you to put aside the effort if you want to be an A grade student. Considering how fast time flies when we’re online, we are very likely to feel overwhelmed and behind if we don’t use time in the most economic manner.
Here are 5 things you can do to save your time, stop feeling overwhelmed and stay on top of your daily activities. And guess what, you can start practicing them right now!
1. Turn off all phone notifications:
If you think that taking out all social media from your phone will help better, please go ahead. If not, go to your app settings and turn off all notifications.
Constant notifications can make you an overwhelmed student.
And trust me, you don’t want to be an overwhelmed student.
Shutting out all notifications will cut down on distractions. The dopamine you get when your phone pings will stop. Additionally, making you less addicted.
Suddenly you’ll realize you have much more time than you ever did before.
2. Combine your note-making and study process:
Often, students have a lot to cover and there isn’t time for detailed note-making. This makes us less focused on the texts and we tend to only superficially memorize. If your professor makes it compulsory to take notes, then note-making and studying can take way too much time.
To save time, read the text before you make your notes. The next step is to memorize as you write. This way, you’re actually combining the processes that would require separate time slots. You’re welcome!
3. Keep all your belongings in their right places:
You can save gigantic amounts of time if you dont have to search for things all the time. I highly recommend having a fixed place for all your books, stationery items and other stuff.
That way, you can find what you need all the time and you will save time and energy. Put it back in it’s place after you’re done.
Also read: “19 Habits of successful college students
4. Make chunks of time instead of a to-do list:
Our brains lose a significant amount of energy when we shift modes.
What are modes, you ask?
A young working mother, Jane, for instance, has roles like a mother, a corporate worker, a homemaker and maybe, her own creative outlet. So, when she’s cooking a meal for her family, her brain is in homemaker mode. Earlier that day while she was at work, Jane’s brain was in work mode.
Ideally, it would be best for Jane to switch between not more than 3 modes. She loses time, precious mental energy and ends up getting nothing, or very little, done.
Don’t be like Jane.
Do 3-4 activities in large amounts during the day instead of running between 10-12 small activities. Its best to complete three tasks with full focus in a day.
Don’t confuse your brain by doing many things and then calling it ‘productivity’.
5. Use smaller time slots to your advantage:
Short periods of time that we often dismiss as negligible, can make a serious difference. Use small time slots like your commuting time, class break, and even rest time to get less important stuff done.
A few real life examples-
- Listening to an audiobook when you’re lying down.
- Organising your calendar with further events/ important dates during your commute time.
- Doing the dishes during class break.
We can use time to our advantage whenever we wish to. If not, we can go about whining and complaining about not enough time. All you need to do is realize that our time is not ours. It is God’s gift to us and we need to be good stewards of our time!