Contrary to the common perception of them, many students don’t have much free time at all. While the general public views students as lazy, irresponsible, promiscuous, opinionated bores who spend their time eating left over pizza, watching DVD box sets in their pajamas and sleeping off their hangovers during the daytime or getting high at anti-fascist rallies, there are some students out there who take their education and development more seriously.
These students are not only dedicated to their studies, spending hours in the library doing research and writing every day, and participating in unofficial study, discussion and debate groups, they are also members of various societies and organizations which reflect just how well-rounded they really are. On top of that they play sports, hit the gym and prepare well balanced, organic and highly nutritional meals for themselves and their friends every day.
It’s a wonder that these students have enough time to fit all these activities into their schedules. If you happen to be such as student, you’ll know just how difficult it is. But here we have come up with various ways to help you save time in your crowded schedule. For example, how much time do you waste walking around campus? We don’t mean those occasions where you walk to reflect on something or to relax and soak up the fresh air and the beautiful view, we are talking about walking from a tutor’s office to the lecture theater or from the gym to the canteen. Probably more than a few hours each week, right? And that’s valuable time you could be using to do something else.
You might want to consider looking at transport aids on The Electric Rider. These nifty gadgets are easy to carry and store away and will save you valuable time in getting around your campus. They’re quiet and environmentally friendly, too, so you can be confident that you’re not abetting the destruction of the planet for using them and nobody’s going to shout at you and tell you to keep the noise down, as you often fear might happen at any given moment.
Be aware during busy periods that there is no such thing as multitasking. Don’t try to cook and study and then eat and study. What you are actually doing is continually shifting your attention back and forth from one task to another. If multitasking was really possible, you would be able to hold a complex discussion on the implications of quantum theories on the philosophy of Descartes while giving a piano rendition of Chopin’s Etudes and simultaneously keeping a soccer ball from touching the ground by kicking it from one foot to another. If you find that you can actually do that, please post it on YouTube for us to see.
You will save time when studying if you turn any distractions off, such as the TV or music. Many people claim that music helps them study, but what is actually happening is they use music to distract themselves from silence, which they are not comfortable with. Become comfortable in silence and use it to enhance your concentration when studying. Listen to music when you wish to relax. Listen to it as you would read a book – paying attention all the while, taking note of the subtleties of tone and the nuances of phrase. You’ll find that you soon discard most music that has nothing of interest to the cultured ear.
The last piece of advice is to budget your time in the same way as you budget your money. You may very well want to clean out your wardrobe but the chances are in a regular week, you simply can’t afford to do it. Nor can you afford to go on pointless dates. Treat your time like money. Invest it. If you are going to spend time doing something, make sure that it will reap benefits for you at a later date. This includes sleeping, resting and exercise. Many people might see a daily yoga or meditation session as a waste of time, but it actually serves to refocus people, this saving time and improving their efficiency. And the most valuable piece of advice? Whatever you are doing, try to have a great time doing it!