How are you enjoying your new academic year? Are you excited about school every day? Making friends, attending classes, participating in extracurricular activities, and sharing lunch — going to school can surely be exciting. But at the same time, it can also get overwhelming.
The shift from online classes to offline learning can be quite demanding at first. In such times, it’s normal to feel stressed. A little effort towards time management can save you from hours of worrying over not being able to make time for activities that bring you joy.
If your current schedule has got you wishing for more than 24 hours in a day, take a deep breath — all you need is a well-planned timetable. Once you start following a timetable, you will see that you start accomplishing more tasks by assigning specific time for each activity. Read on to learn how to make a timetable.
Making a timetable can help you feel more in control of your time. It gives you an overview of everything that’s lined up for the day — which means you are prepared in advance for the tasks you wish to complete.
Focusing on one activity for a specific duration frees you from distractions, helping you become more efficient at what you do. While making a timetable, mindfully assign enough time for your hobbies as well as academics. Doing this would help you balance your schedule with activities that rejuvenate your mental and physical well-being. You will gradually start acing your daily tasks, which will add to your self-confidence. You will be able to go to bed feeling calmer, motivated, and less worried.
Here are the top benefits of a timetable:
Want to make a timetable for yourself? We’ve got you covered! Check out the template below.
Before you make a timetable, step back and think of all the tasks that you want to do each day. It could be anything — from getting craft supplies for your art class to practising the guitar — put it all on a list.
Be mindful of including some ‘me time’ in your everyday schedule. This need not be an activity that you have to spend hours on, it could be just about spending 20 minutes with your family or taking your pet for a walk.
Pro tip: Review your timetable every Sunday to mix things up. This ensures that you keep the excitement going without getting bored of the same routine.
Now that you have an understanding of the tasks for the day, group them together for a specific time when you are more focused. While some love being an early bird, the rest find themselves more active later during the night. If you want to study early in the morning, you can spend a good part of your evening on your hobbies or vice versa.
Take time to assess what suits you best — there is always room for trial and error. Eventually, you will know what works for you best and that can be adopted into your timetable accordingly.
Always remember your intention behind creating a timetable. Many often overload their schedule as they tend to get carried away with the excitement of accomplishing more. While you can add any number of tasks to your schedule, not being able to complete them may affect your sense of achievement at the end of the day. You certainly don’t want a timetable to be a burden. It is, after all, a tool that you use to make your life easier.
The key is to start simple. You can always modify your timetable later. If you want to finish studying a chapter in a week, assess the study material and set a realistic timeline to complete it. Even if you can’t, don’t be hard on yourself. You cannot always know what’s lined up for you in a day. Therefore, make sure you are accommodative of any changes you may have to make. The goal is to build a habit that helps you fulfil your dreams and not to work relentlessly till you burn out.
It is important that you assign sufficient time to eat and rest. The bottom line is that the more realistic your timetable is, the more likely you are to follow it.
Remember, there are only 24 hours in a day and you need to make a timetable that gets you at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Avoid compromising on your sleep and meal time unless it is really necessary. To make sure you sleep well, you can plan your day in such a way that the demanding tasks are completed earlier and you can end your day on a relaxing note. Before going to bed, do anything that makes you happy — it could be reading your favourite book, drawing a little sketch, or even writing a gratitude journal. When you go to bed feeling calm, you are more likely to wake up feeling the same.
While you get used to your new timetable, remind yourself often that it is normal to take time to form a habit. Never be hard on yourself for not following the schedule to the dot. It takes a little discipline and consistency, but eventually, you will surely become the achiever that you dream to be.
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