Effective Time Planning Strategies: The best way to use the time you have effectively and control procrastination is to create a plan that will help you keep track of all your assignments, tests, and other obligations. Making a plan and sticking to it is a surefire way to reduce the stress, anxiety, and guilt that procrastination will inevitably bring. There are many organizational tools you can use to avoid common challenges and enhance academic success. The goal here is to work smarter, not harder.
Create a Semester Plan: A four month term calendar will allow you to make note of all tests, assignments, and projects. A semester plan displays all of your due dates help to keep you on track and stay accountable for the time needed to accomplish each task - you should expect to put in 2 hours for every 5% an assignment is worth. Some strategies for your semester plan could include colour coding your classes; highlighting the most important assignments; and highlighting the busiest weeks in the semester. Display your plan where you will see it frequently and don't forget to update the plan when assignment due dates or test days change.
Create a Weekly Schedule: Include blocks of time for all of your fixed commitments - classes, tutorials, part-time job, sleep, study, meals, travel time and leisure activities. This schedule will allow you to see how much time you have available so you can plan the time you need to do your assignments and equally important, time to relax.
Create a To-Do List: Most successful people keep an ongoing to-do list that helps them be aware of everything that needs to be done over a period of time. They are less likely to forget things and it gives a realistic idea of what needs to be done. Cross things off your list as you complete them for a feeling of accomplishment.
Prioritize: Identify which tasks are urgent vs. important and number them. Prioritizing is a way of weighing the importance of each task and making a decision about what to do first. When time gets short, prioritize urgent tasks and postpone those items that can wait for another day.
Use an Assignment Calculator: Breaks down an assignment into a series of steps and gives a suggested due date for each step to maximize your productivity and minimize your stress.