Students in Singapore are one of the busiest in the world. Most begin their days at 6am or even earlier, have classes for more than half the day, then they may have CCA, supplementary classes, remedial classes, or tuition. On long days, students are occupied until they reach home for dinner. Even then, there is not much time to unwind as they will need to complete their homework for the next day.
The result of hectic schedules like this is that you have students who suffer from high stress levels, burnout, and physical tiredness. However, some students seem to do cope better than others – why?
Aside from personality differences and their ability to cope with stress, students with better time management skills are able to do more in less time, reduce stress from worrying about undone work and last minute work, and have a bit more leisure time to relax or pursue one’s hobbies. Yes – even the busiest students can stay on top of things with good time management skills.
If you want to learn the ways of students who always seem like they have their *stuff* together, start by incorporating the tips below into your life!
1. List out the tasks
When there seems like a thousand and one things to do, start by listing them out. Write or type out the tasks so you can see them clearly. Having this visual cue is helpful for a few reasons.
Firstly, it lets you literally SEE how much you have to deal with. Sometimes it is less intimidating than you thought! And even if it is a lot, you know where your end point is.
Secondly, it is far easier to plan your time with a list that you can refer to easily anytime. Listing your tasks out also reduces the chance of you forgetting to do something (which is highly possible if you are swamped).