How I Managed My Time in College?
Yes, I know! It's 2021, and I haven't uploaded any knowledge-sharing blog/video in 2020 other than the "How I Survived in College?" -- because I was focusing on my journey blog/video.
This blog post is dedicated to those of you who are wondering, "How Can I Manage My Time While I Have A Lot of Activities During College?". And I really hope that this blog can be helpful for you all.
As usual, if you want to watch me chatting around talking about this topic, you can check this video on my YouTube Channel:
Okay, back to the blog!
1. CREATE YOUR OWN PRIORITIZATION MATRIX
This Prioritization Matrix is a tool for you to decide which kind of activities that are:
URGENT + IMPORTANT
URGENT + NOT IMPORTANT
NOT URGENT + IMPORTANT
NOT URGENT + NOT IMPORTANT
So, there are four different kinds of areas in this matrix.
*Note: Keep in mind that you can change this matrix every semester/year. It depends on your activities.
Let me give the examples for every section:
1st PRIORITY: URGENT + IMPORTANT
For every activity in this area, you must do this FIRST because this is your FIRST PRIORITY. In my case, I put my MANDATORY day-to-day activities in college, such as:
Going to Classes
2nd PRIORITY: URGENT + NOT IMPORTANT
In my case, I put my RECURRING activities other than the day-to-day classes, like:
Lab Activities: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Organization: IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Sports/Martial Arts: Merpati Putih
Remember that I usually do these activities when I don't have any classes/assignments from my lecturers.
3rd PRIORITY: NOT URGENT + IMPORTANT
In my case, I put my MUSIC performance/practice and also COMPETITIONS. So usually, when I was free (like weekends), I decided to do some music performances/practicing instead of traveling. Check out my acoustic performance with Andreas Jonathan at Warunk Dakora (in 2017):
4th PRIORITY: NOT URGENT + NOT IMPORTANT
I put gaming in this area because I realized that it's actually unnecessary and not urgent. Since I couldn't do all of these four areas in this matrix, I decided not to do the 4th Priority activities (aka. ELIMINATE).
2. USE GOOGLE CALENDAR TO MANAGE YOUR TIME
Before I used Google Calendar, I was using Agenda/Planner for managing my time -- yes, I was kind of old school and pretty conventional :P. I tried to use Monthly Planner and Daily Planner, but then I realized that I would like to be specific in doing day-to-day activities. So, if you don't want to use Google Calendar, you can use Daily Planner to schedule your day.
But, if you want to be more practical, I really recommend using Google Calendar for your daily activities. And since you already knew about my day-to-day activities, I'm going to show you how I use the Google Calendar to manage my time.
*Note: If you want to see the details, you can watch the video version of this blog.
This is my Checklist for Using the Google Calendar:
Schedule Your Recurring 1st Priority Activities (College Classes)
Schedule Your Recurring 2nd Priority Activities (Lab, Organization, Student Activities, etc.)
Schedule Your Non-Recurring 1st Priority Activities (College Assignments/Projects)
Schedule Your 3rd Priority Activities (Music Performance/Practice, Competitions)
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See you around!