We have discussed how it is possible to achieve great results by working smart but how do we base our plan in such a way that we achieve our desired target. After all a new academic year is all about being in new spirits and trying to score well right from the beginning. One strategy, we are sure all of us are guilty of attempting and failing at. It is that of making a rigid, hour-to-hour timetable and NOT sticking by it. Winspire brings you some easy daily schedule ideas that you can use in your daily academic routine.
- BE REALISTIC-
- It is not possible to do everything at once. You might feel optimistic while making a plan but eventually you will end up getting nothing done. Set an achievable target each day.
- Identify what needs to be done first. An assignment submission that is due next week or revising for the test that is scheduled for tomorrow; you know what is requires attention first.
- DIVIDE IT RIGHT-
- Make sure that what you are doing does not get monotonous for you or you will start losing interest. Divide your day right. You can’t be doing all the essays in one day and memorise everything the other day. It will prevent you from getting the most productive result.
- Get your pattern correct. Like farmers plant legumes after harvesting rice or wheat for the soil to regain its fertility; alternate between subjects to ensure you are gaining the most. For instance, a subject like Maths needs regular practice. So after 2 hours of maths, you can do a grammar exercise or learn two short answers of any subject. Go for something that won’t take you longer than 15-20 minutes. This way, your mind will be fresh for another subject that asks for more focus.
- IDENTIFY YOUR CONCENTRATION ‘TYPE’-
- Every student is different. Some can concentrate for long and hence can sit and focus for a good 3-4 hours. Some can focus for a shorter period of say 30-35minutes. It is okay to take a break. If you can’t concentrate, sitting with a book open before you is not going to make any difference. Take a short break BUT do return and study!
- LONG TERM GOAL-
- Not really that long, may be as long as a week. Let your everyday plan help you complete a set of targets that you want to get done by the end of a week. At the beginning of every week, write down what you want to and what is essential to be done by a week and break this larger plan into smaller bits that you can complete day by day.
We hope that you have understood or at least had a rough idea of how you will be able to get a lot done by making a little effort every day. Below is a sample plan to help you get a better idea of the above points:
A week’s target is of completing a certain section of almost every subject. Now that’s a lot to do if it needs to be done in one sitting. So we have to split it into every day targets.