With the current cost-of-living, more and more students must work as well as study just to afford to live. Working whilst at university means that you've constantly got things going on and you've got a lot of stuff to manage. You might wish there were more hours on the clock, and you're certainly not alone in this.
5 top tips for effective time management
1. Eliminate distractions
Block out part of your day for uni work. During that time, put your phone on Do Not Disturb or turn it off. This will help keep you from checking social media, sending texts, and aimlessly browsing ASOS; essentially, it will stop you from procrastinating!
2. Stick to a schedule
Begin with your work and uni schedule, then set times for work and studying. Fill in any leftover time with leisure and social activities. Although work and uni should be your priority, it's important to still make time for things you enjoy, when you can.
3. Create to-do lists
Every Sunday, create a list of things you need to get done the following week. And, every night, create a list of everything you need to get done the next day. This will help give you structure and better manage your daily and weekly schedule.
4. Prioritize tasks
Put the most important things that you need to get done at the top of your to-do lists. Things that are toward the bottom should get done if you have time or roll over to tomorrow or the following day's to-do list.
5. Have a routine
Once you create your schedule, rinse, and repeat. Your mind and body will get used to doing certain things at certain times of day, which will help keep you on track.
You don't have to have a 'no days off' approach when working and going to uni. Manage your time effectively and let your friends, family, and university know when you're feeling overwhelmed. It's okay to take a day (or two) off to clear your mind so you can come back at your best.
1. Meal prep
Cooking meals can take a chunk of time out of your day and eating out takes a chunk out of your wallet. Meal-prepping on the weekends means you can grab and go during the week.
2. Wake up earlier
Don't miss out on sleep (it is recommended that you get 7-9 hours each night) but do wake up earlier if you can. Even if it's just an extra hour each day, it can make a vast difference in your schedule.
3. Ask for help
Ask your family or friends for some help with whatever they can help with so you can focus on your degree and work. Ask your lecturer to go over a topic together instead of spending hours on it at home alone. The people in your life want to help and support you where they can - let them!