The age-old adage of “fail to plan and plan to fail” speaks to the importance of creating a routine schedule for anything in life.
Creating a schedule to fit your studies around your life can help your motivation and productivity levels, with very little extra energy required. All it takes is an initial strategic effort and follow through to see the plan through to completion.
Starting can be simple:
Use a template
Plan ahead for the next week using an easy-to-fill template. This could be a digital excel spreadsheet that you custom make or a template like our below.
Establish short-term and long-term goals
It’s easier to work productively when you know what you want to achieve. Sitting down and thinking about your objectives takes a little bit of self-reflective work, but it’s remarkably valuable in setting yourself on the right trajectory.
Short-term goals might include getting 80% in your weekly test, completing an assignment, or finishing a chapter in the book you’re reading. For these goals, break your objectives into day and possibly week-long sprints to make them more easily digestible.
Longer-term goals are more focused on your life and career ambitions. These could include landing an internship at a company from a list of three or spearheading that promotion you’ve been eyeing within the next few months or year. For these goals, break your objectives into weeks, months and terms, and celebrate each win!
When you outline your goals, make sure you set yourself enough time to achieve them. Make your objectives ambitious and challenging, but keep them realistic.
Start with the important rather than the urgent
Fill your schedule with the important tasks first, allocating time to perform responsibilities related to your job. Add other priority activities too, such as hitting the gym, creating some art or practising your instrument. Once you’re happy that your schedule is populated with what’s important, allocate time to tending to what may come up urgently.
This way, you can start working on assignments in advance, knowing how busy any particular week might be.
When setting out what you plan to do, don’t make it vague. “Go for a run” can be too ambiguous and lacks any clarity on the goal or outcome. “Run 2 km in under 15 minutes” offers more detail, pushing you to succeed in the task.
Planning your studies can be the same. Write down what work you’re hoping to do on a specific day instead of simply saying that you’re going to study.
Avoid hitting lastminute.com
“Oh no! I forgot about my major assignment!”
This should never become a reason you don’t excel in your studies. By checking your tasks off early, you leave room for other engaging career-building activities to enter your life without the stress of a deadline lurking in the back of your mind.
Set yourself up for success by planning to get your work out of the way on time, making sure you smash the deadlines and achieve the best results with the least stres