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How To Structure Your Day As a Student

Written by Sam | May 12, 2020

For us all, we want to achieve the most in the least possible amount of time so that we can then go and do something we enjoy or want to do. This will resonate as you graduate as well, there will be times when you just want to have your own space or time but work or assignments fill it.

We can help, the way to be the most efficient and productive, yet have more time for yourself is to structure your day! Everyones days will be different and they will all be unique, some of the factors affecting individual routines are:

  • Lecture times
  • Sleeping patters
  • Working times
  • Assignment deadlines
  • Sports or competitions

Why Does Routine Work

By having a routine, you know what you are mean tot be doing and when. You have a structure and a clear plan of when things will be done which reduces the chances of overwhelm and stress.

It also allows you to be efficient by prioritising all the tasks and saying this will done then in category X, rather than when someone asks you. When you look at many ‘successful’ (it depends how you measure success), you will see that they all have some form of routine that they stick and work to!

How To Structure Your Day As a Student

How to actually structure your day. This might be easiest starting on an excel spreadsheet, create a 7 day generic week.

  • Start with times from 7 AM to roughly 10 PM – Move them to roughly when you wake and sleep and make them in 15-minute intervals
  • Next fill in the blocks that can’t be moved, these will be sleep, work, lectures, rest & relax, and food!
  • After that you need to start filling in the spaces with blocks of work, never put an hour of work because you will automatically fill that time, always make sure it is 30 minutes, this is because of Parkinson’s Law.
  • Give yourself some blocks or categories to put in there, for instance, I know I will be looking at marketing for most of the morning and seeing how it can be changed and or adapted. But within those blocks I will also have some goals, e.g. Write 5 articles to help students with their routine.
  • At the bottom, you can include formulas to see which areas you are spending the most amount of time and whether it is conducive to your results.

Please see an example below from my own, I am forever changing and tweaking bits to get more out of the day, I have given you a snapshot of my morning.

Please do not use this for you, yours will be different and it needs to suit you!

Making The Routine Suit You & Perfection

You know what a routine can look like and how to create one, now you need to make it right for you. I have said it above you need to make this personal for you, you have a completely different routine to me!

The first you do this, it will take you a good hour and even then you won’t be near finishing. This document is a working document and it takes time to perfect. Spend an hour on it one day and then re-visit it the day after to see if you need to make any changes.

Once you think you have a finished document, test it, print the document out at university, keep it with you and see how well you stick to the document, I also like to keep mine in a Dropbox or photos so I have access all the time without relying on paper!

Keep note of any changes that you make over the week and see if they will keep a permanent fixture on the routine.

The Final Routine

Once you have the finished routine for a student, then stick to it, make any small changes that you need to, but the most important thing to do next is..

Keep track of your results for each section. You can do this in a variety of ways, see how long you take to complete an assignment, are you always tired from lack of rest or are you doing a lot of work for little end result in an area of work.

As you build all this data up, you can see where your results are coming from and where you should spend your time, you just have to define what results you want. As you also get near exam season, you can swap assignments our and put revision and build your day as you want it to look and feel.

Tips & Tricks To Stay On Track

  • Setting a timer on a browser or on a phone keeps you on track
  • Eat well
  • Sleep well
  • Discipline – lose the phone and Netflix during work times
  • Make time for relaxing and socialising to enjoy life
  • When you work, give yourself regular breaks
  • Learn how to get into a state of flow when working to really smash assignments

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