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Students’ Obstacles to Effective Time Management

Time Management

At university, you might experience a different environment where everything is more flexible and free of control. However, after leaving behind the carefully controlled schedules of high school, you might struggle to combine academic, personal, and work responsibilities. Therefore, this is high time to develop your time management skills for your both academic and future professional lives.

Mastering time management skills is going to take some time and practice, so if along the way you struggle with any of your assignments like research papers or academic essay writing, be sure to ask experts for help. 

Time management entails more than just keeping track of your chores and appointments in a notebook. It’s more of a set of habits, and abilities that will assist you in studying, performing your work, and being more productive. It’s the science of allocating the appropriate amount of time to the appropriate activity. It is the method through which we achieve our goals.

However, some people will find it difficult to manage their time due to certain barriers. Some of them are quite logical while others are more unconscious. We will be able to better manage our time if we recognize these obstacles, so here they are: 

1. Procrastination

This is an obstacle everyone encounters. When you postpone a task, keep in mind that you’ll have to postpone another item from the list you’ll create tomorrow. Begin working on your most critical responsibilities. Consider which duties you’ll postpone until tomorrow and how you’ll make up for the lost time.

2. Distractions

Distractions are our worst enemies. The most common interruptions we face are phone calls, unplanned visitors, social media, constant email checks, etc.  If you get distracted too often, it will take you much more time to complete your tasks. Avoid distractions while working on a job and watch the magic happen.

3. Prioritisation

Some chores are crucial, yet they aren’t immediate. Make a list of your chores and prioritize them. The most urgent tasks would be at the top of your list, followed by the less important ones. You can wind up wasting your time on something less essential and crucial if you don’t set priorities.

4. We have too many chores on our to-do list

We must confess that there are usually more tasks to complete than we actually can do. You may easily deal with this problem by determining how much time each task will take before writing it down on your timetable. As a result, you’ll be able to spread jobs around your calendar according to the time needed for their completion.

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5. The risk of failing

Fear and procrastination result from a lack of trust in one’s ability to undertake a project successfully. The dreadful project will be postponed until the last minute, making you tensed and anxious. There are several reasons for that. First, you might be sensitive to criticism and therefore be afraid of being disliked by people. Second, you could simply be insecure about yourself, your skills, and your knowledge, and that’s why you avoid doing your tasks promptly. Third, you might have or have had a strict supervisor who did not support you and now you experience this trauma of being punished or criticized all the time.

6. Perfectionism

We were taught at schools to strive for perfection, so when we think our job might not be 100% great, we postpone it, as it seems to be completely pointless to do it at all. On the other hand, seeking perfection can make you overdue your tasks, as you spend too much time on minor, not crucial details. Thus, you do not meet your deadlines and delay your next tasks. Plus, by striving for perfection you will feel anxious and stressed out too.

7. Self-doubts and being not good

Another obstacle that is deeply connected to previous ones and prevents you from managing your time efficiently is the feeling that you are not doing enough or that there might be people who could do your job better. So, you will spend too much time on some tasks thinking that there’s still work needed to be done, improved, etc. As a result, you overwork and overdue your deadlines.

8. Being afraid to step out of your comfort zone

For some of the tasks, you will require a more creative, adaptive, or flexible approach, and sometimes we do not want to change anything and want to just stay in our comfort bubble. But to achieve new and better results, we will have to follow new strategies. And that, of course, requires lots of effort and self-discipline. So, to implement efficient time management for yourself, you need to stay committed to your goal and gradually get comfortable with the unknown.

9. Being passive

Some people simply think that they are not capable of controlling time. They just react to the stream of emails, meetings, and tasks that pile up over them as it is a natural way of dealing with things for them. But in such a way you delegate the control of your own life, when, in fact, it is possible to be in charge of it and create a more effective workflow for yourself. Be more proactive about your schedule and you will see how many things you still have time for.

10. Avoidance of unknown

Students can also be just intimidated by the amount of unfamiliar work they need to do therefore they prefer to procrastinate. A perfect solution to this is to break your task down into doable pieces of work. Make a plan, and bullet points of how to complete this task, and you will see that it is not that scary at all. 

To overcome these barriers, you need to be honest with yourself first and acknowledge that you might have some problems with time management. Don’t be too hard on yourself for not being a robot and efficient all the time. Remember to praise yourself regularly for every attempt you make and for the commitment you maintain.

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