An easily overlooked – but integral – part of university life comes down to your time management skills. It might not sound like much more than a bragging sentence from your CV, but your success at university – the difference between your 2.1 and your first – might well lay in time management. There are only so many lectures you can go to, wider reading you can complete; if you can’t work to a deadline then you may as well have not put in all that hard work.
The best and most efficient way to manage your time is to use a diary. Whether it’s a physical planner or the calendar on your phone makes little difference. Input all your deadlines and lecture times ahead of time – the moment you get hold of your module information if you can. Once you get into the habit of writing everything down you’ll get the hang of it. Soon, setting yourself mini-deadlines to control your wider reading and coursework drafting processes will be second nature.
Planning isn’t just all about deadlines and coursework, however: extra-curricular events, society meetings and sports matches can be hard to keep track of. It’s important to keep a record of all your activities so you don’t miss anything.
As well as not missing out, time management is crucial for looking after yourself. The best way to make sure you aren’t missing meals and are getting enough exercise and sleep is to make a timetable. Keep track of your lectures and seminars with a timetable too!