STUDY TIME: In the last months of the year, it is common for us to realize that time is becoming scarce and we have the feeling of having a lot to do, in a short time. What can we do? The key is to start with this question, focusing more on what we can do, than on regretting how limited and finite our time is. How to achieve it? The first thing is to be clear about what we plan our time for, always keeping in mind our objectives and goals so that we can order and prioritize it. Being clear about how much time we need involves knowing approximately how long the activities we must do take us, knowing for example how long it takes us to read, find information, exercise, but also how much time we need to spend with our family and friends, rest, move, others.
There are different alternatives; the important thing is to go step by step:
Knowing how to properly manage our time makes us much more effective to maintain a constant rhythm of study. It does not consist exclusively in fixing a certain amount of daily time in which we will study; we must learn to organize it in such a way that the time invested is balanced with the satisfaction obtained by having done a good job.
It is essential to understand that we have to manage both study time and free time. If we simply think about the study time, we will find that many times the free time we do not take advantage of it as we should, feeling that we have not rested correctly to be able to perform to the maximum in the moments in which we study.
For this we will divide the free time into two categories:
Play the console, read, play sports; any hobby that we have that serves us to disconnect.
Those times when we do not expressly do anything planned and watch the minutes pass.
With organized free time we can eliminate the anxiety we feel by not studying or doing anything special. Feeling that we have it under control will eliminate this feeling by following our work scheme. It is interesting also to count the planned departures that we have beforehand within this time, subtracting it from the time of inactivity so as not to damage the study period.
To properly plan the time of the study, we must follow three premises. First, it must be a real time. It does not help that we plan to study several hours for a simple activity and very few for a very difficult one. Second, it has to be proportionate to the needs of the moment and to the time available in total. If we plan an exam many days in advance, we can invest a little less time daily, complementing it with other studies and the free time available.
In the last place, we will take into account that it is well distributed. Here we must be honest with ourselves and see how we work better. There are people who can study several hours in a row without feeling tired or stressed, and others who work better with breaks at certain times of study. The fundamental thing is to avoid becoming demoralized because we are not fulfilling a study time that is not objectively well organized.
Be careful and consistent with what we have planned; take care of our times of work and also those of personal development. Learning to manage our time, implies initially allocate time, but as we learn to be efficient in their use, we gain much in time and quality of a study, but also in the quality of life.