How to Prioritize Your Life
While you’re a student, you also play many other roles; perhaps you’re a parent, employee, sibling, spouse, friend. Trying to balance all aspects of your life can be overwhelming. What do you do when you have several school assignments due the same week you have to work overtime? You take it one step at a time, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.
- Step One: Breath
- Take a deep breath in and then let it out. You’ve got this. You can do it.
- Step Two: Plan
- Pick up a planner or download a good calendar app to your phone. Write down all of your commitments: work, class, family, everything else. Don’t leave anything out. This planner will be your new best friend if you use it well.
- Once you have all of your commitments down, look for the open spaces in your schedule. Do you have Saturday mornings open? Two hours on Wednesday evenings? Lunch breaks at work? Block those time slots off for studying and schoolwork.
- Step Three: Prioritize
- Now that you have time for schoolwork in your busy schedule, the question is what to work on first? Take a look at all your assignments. When deciding what to work on first, there are two factors to consider: how important is this project, and how soon is the deadline.
- Successful time management is a balance of both. If an assignment is due tomorrow, it is a top priority. On the other hand, you should be spending more time on the important assignments, even if the deadline is further out.
- Step Four: Execute
- Now all that you have to do is stick to your plan! Take it one assignment at a time, one day at a time.
Remember, if you’re ever struggling with time management, reach out to your LA ORT instructors. They’ll be glad to help you create a plan that ensures success.