How To: Manage Your Time Wisely

Rising journalist, Emily Miles shares her top tips on managing your time.

How To: Manage Your Time Wisely

Time management is something that sounds pretty straightforward but can actually be really tricky.

Here are a few tips on how you can manage your time better:

Write a to-do list

Write down everything you need to do. Depending on how you prefer to work, it can be a daily, weekly, monthly or even quarterly list.

Writing a to-do list can be sooo satisfying because there is nothing better than seeing your list fully ticked.


 Highlight your most important tasks or rank them by the level of importance. Don’t forget to take into account deadlines as this could shift the order.

When prioritising, it is important to be as realistic as possible. For example, drinks with your friends come below completing an assignment!

Get a calendar

Using a daily calendar can be a really useful way of planning your day. Here is an example of a calendar set-up:

8 am – wake up

9 am – lecture

10 am – seminar

12.30 pm – lunch

Simple, really! The benefit is that it allows you to assess how effectively you are using every hour of the day.

Set yourself realistic goals

Balance your schedule so that you are neither overworking nor underworking.

If you leave loads of work to the last hour, you’ll end up super stressed. So, be sure to evenly distribute your work so that you don’t become overwhelmed.

Finding a suitable time and environment

Work out what time of day you are most productive and use it wisely. Some people are more productive in the morning, others are productive at night. Suss out when you are at your best, and be sure to utilise that time.

Also, make sure you find an environment that you can work in without getting distracted. Start by avoiding noisy areas.

Create a habit

Once you’ve found a routine that works for you, stick to it! Sticking to a routine will ultimately make you feel more composed and prepared.

If repetitiveness isn’t really your style, that’s okay too! Switch up your plan every now and then so that you’re not bored.

But remember, stress management and time management go hand-in-hand. There are loads of things you can do to make sure you’re keeping on top of your wellbeing as well as your work. Reducing your stress in these ways should also support you to stay focused when it counts too. For example:

  • Give yourself a break

In both the literal and figurative sense! If you’re working on the computer, try to have a 10-minute break every hour to give your eyes and brain a break.

  • Talk about it!

Don’t be afraid to speak to someone if you are having a hard time. Whether it’s parents, friends, tutors or your boss, there are always people out there that are willing to help you out.

  • Make time for yourself

Amongst all the hard work, it’s really important to still make time for things you enjoy doing. Without sounding too cliché, if you work hard, you can play hard too!

  • Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water will keep your body hydrated. Be sure to also eat right too!

So, whether you’re in education, starting a new job or trying something completely new, take advantage of the new year by getting organised.

This article was written by our very own Rising Star in Journalism, Emily Miles. If you think you are the next superstar journalist, be sure to apply for a chance to have your work published!