At the end of the day, there is an end to the day. We succumb to the 24-hour block of time after a long day of work, fatigued. But did we truly get the most out of our day? More often than not, to-do lists are left undone, excused by the lack of time. But here is some truth: you can make time.
“Work expands to fill the time allotted for it.”
Setting a specific block of time to a particular task is especially useful for a few reasons. If you are a procrastinator, “scheduling” a time to do homework can help you feel obligated to work on that assignment, as if it were a meeting or a sports practice. Furthermore, setting a time block can help you visualize limitations in time, which in turn forces you to work more intensely within a shorter period. Quality over quantity - think of intense work as quality, and time spent as quantity.
If you haven’t already, start keeping a list of tasks you’d like to complete throughout your day. There are many outlets for planning. Here are some suggestions:
As you keep track of your work, try to jot down the approximate time it has taken you to complete a certain task. For instance, writing a practice Document-based question (DBQ) for history took 1.5 hours this day, 45 minutes another day, 1 hour another day (and so on). To time block efficiently, either select the shortest duration of DBQ writing or estimate the average between these days.
You can use almost anything for time blocking:
There are a few things to keep in mind though. As you begin time blocking, recognize the patterns in your daily routine that can be predicted for the weeks following. For example, a set class schedule, club meetings, or sleep. More importantly, be honest with yourself. We’ll have a natural tendency to overbook our day with time blocking, but understand that it’s unsustainable. It is important to leave breathing room for things that come up and just to relax.
Now go on and - literally - seize the day.