Time Management for Students

Time management for students is crucial.

It determines your level of success and, perhaps even more importantly, whether or not you achieve it in a healthy manner.

The good news?

It's nothing more than a set of skills and habits, both of which you can learn.

If you’re a student, you're also a manager.

You have to manage the most precious resource you, or anyone, has - your time.

Effective time management for students will mean improved quality of three areas of life:

  • Your social life. Make time to do the things you want. You’re not going to give these up, right? Your social life is high on the priority list.
  • Your academic success. Plan and produce quality work before deadlines. Last minute, all night cramming? Forget that! Learn how to do work as it comes in, not before it goes out.
  • Your future prospects. Think about what you want to be, do or have, then actually make it happen.

That being said, here are 10 tips on better time management for students like you:

1. Know your current habits

How aware are you of the way you manage your time?

Identifying your time wasters by changing bad habits is the first step to take to reduce their impact.

2. Choose your friends

Business guru, Jim Rohn said..

"We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with".

Do your friends practice good study habits? Or do they do the opposite too often for your liking?

Choose your social circle wisely. Easier said than done, I know, particularly if you're in a group you know is not good for you.

The starting point? Learn how to say 'No'.

3. Know your goal

What, exactly, are you aiming for?

Clarity leads to success, so learning goal setting makes a real difference.

4. Make your time matter

Do you value the hours that make up your week?

Appreciating the importance of time management means more achievement in less time.

Limit your study time to force an increase in your productivity.

5. Put fun first

Don’t deny yourself a good time. Make it a priority to enjoy yourself lots, and often.


That’s what life’s all about!  You’ll value your study time more.

6. Manage your deadlines

Many people will leave work until the last minute.

The result?

Panic, stress and poor quality.

Instead, develop good study habits and get into the habit of doing work when it shows up, not when it blows up.

7. Work to your week

Use a  to work out your study ‘hot spots’ -– time windows you have during the working week where you'll know that you'll be free and feel fresh.

You can download one that suits you here.

8. Use a planner

Plenty of people have daily planners.

Very few know how to really use one effectively.

Once you know how to make the most of it, your planner will become one of your most valued time management tools.

9. Reduce the resistance

Overwhelmed? Can’t face starting it?

Reduce the resistance you feel using the ‘little and often’ principle.

The slow burn of doing something daily, even if it's not much, is a surprisingly effective cure for procrastination.

10. Effective time management for students means working in 'Quad 2'

Did you know that your time is consistently spent in one of four quadrants that makes up your life?

Once you’re aware of the quadrants you can dictate them, not be dictated by them.

And that will make a huge difference to how you spend your time and, ultimately, what you achieve.

Learn more here.

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Of course, knowing how to improve time management for students matters, but remember -- it's the actual doing that counts...

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