Overcoming Procrastination: Time Management Tips for Students

Procrastination, the arch-nemesis of time management, often lurks in the corners of our minds, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. While it may seem harmless at first, it can quickly snowball into a formidable obstacle to academic success.

As a student, juggling multiple responsibilities such as classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming. This is where effective time management comes to the rescue. In this blog, we will explore five practical tips to help you overcome procrastination and make the most of your study time.

5 Practical Tips for Time Management for Students

Students who have been procrastinating for a long time can utilize the following tips to overcome the procrastination:

Tip #1: Prioritize Tasks

One of the first steps in conquering procrastination is to prioritize your tasks. Start by creating a to-do list and categorize your assignments by urgency and importance. Focus on completing high-priority tasks first. Think of it like managing your schedule to accommodate both your Chemistry tutor‘s lessons and your Math tutor‘s sessions without conflict. Prioritizing ensures you allocate your time to what matters most, reducing the temptation to procrastinate on less important tasks.

Tip #2: Set Clear Goals

Setting clear and achievable goals can significantly boost your motivation to complete tasks on time. For instance, establish daily, weekly, or monthly goals for your studies. This approach sets specific learning objectives for each subject. When you have clear goals, you have a roadmap to follow, and you’re more likely to stay on track.

Tip #3: Break Tasks into Smaller Steps

Extensive tasks frequently elicit a sense of being overwhelmed, which can result in procrastination. To avoid this, break your assignments into smaller, manageable steps. This approach is akin to tackling complex math problems step by step. By dividing your work into bite-sized portions, you make it less daunting and more achievable. Plus, it gives you a sense of accomplishment as you complete each step.

Tip #4: Use Time Management Tools

In today’s digital age, there are countless time management tools and apps available to help students combat procrastination. Consider using tools like calendar apps, task management software, and online study planners to organize your schedule effectively. These tools can serve as a virtual math tutor, helping you manage your time with precision.

Tip #5: Avoid Multitasking

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking is not a time-saving strategy. It often leads to lower productivity and increased procrastination. By concentrating on a single task, you’ll complete it more efficiently and with higher quality, ultimately freeing up more time for other activities.


In conclusion, effective time management is the key to overcoming procrastination and excelling in your studies. By following these five essential tips. Prioritize tasks, set clear goals, break assignments into smaller steps, use time management tools, and avoid multitasking to make the most of your valuable time. By implementing these strategies, you’ll find that procrastination becomes a thing of the past, and success becomes your present and future.

How to Stay Organized this School Year: Note Taking

Now that you have your planning method down, let’s figure out some great techniques for staying organized during class.

Taking time to structure your notes can have a big impact later on when that exam, quiz or project pops up. If your notes are clear, concise, and easy to locate, you are already setting yourself up to succeed. Let’s dive into some easy tips for note taking success!

Organization 101

Let’s set the scene:

Your chemistry exam is this Friday and you’re getting a head start by going through your notes and practice questions. You open your notebook only to find…gasp! your chemistry notes are interspersed with world history facts and quotes from your literature class. You know you took more notes than this! You scramble through five other notebooks and try to compile all of your chemistry notes into one place.

Ah, If you had only kept all of your notes for each class…separate.

One of the simplest ways to keeping your notes organized is also keeping them separate. Having a notebook (or binder) for each class saves much time and stress when it comes to reviewing for an exam.

Weather it’s physical notebooks, tabs, or folders on your computer, keep them all in one place and organized by subject.

Tried and True Note Taking Methods

Now that you have your subjects separated and are now ready to start taking notes, the trick is finding a method that sticks. To find the best way that works for your learning style or class topic check out the examples below.

P.S. Don’t forget to write the date!

Cornell Method

How it works: Paper is divided into three sections: cues, notes, summary. The student makes notes during class, then reviews notes after class by writing key words, cues, or phrases in “cues”. A summary of notes is given at the bottom.


  • Provides multiple ways to review
  • Keeps notes neat and organized by page


How It Works: Organized by topic, branching out into subtopics


  • Great for visual learners
  • Helps you make connections between lessons and topics
  • Easy to set up


How It Works: Uses headings and bullet points to organize by main topic, subtopics, and details


  • Good for note taking that requires a lot of detail
  • Great method for typing
  • Easy to edit


How It Works: uses columns to organize information by relation


  • Good for lessons that require a lot of facts
  • Keeps the page neat and organized
  • Easy to review and study

Tips for Taking Speedy Notes

Do you ever feel like your hand can’t keep up with your teacher? Try some of these tricks to help alleviate hand cramp:

  • Use abbreviations, just make sure you can decode them when reviewing later on.
  • Try not to get stuck in the mode of copying an entire slide or writing what the teacher says verbatim. You’ll have a hard time keeping up. Instead, pick out key words or phrases that stand out and use your own language.
  • If you already know a fact, no need to spend time taking notes on it.
  • Take cues from your teacher – if they write something on the board, you bet that it will be important. Notice that they seem particularly passionate on a certain topic? Write it down!

No matter which method you choose, your note taking skills are sure to improve with a little practice and a lot of paper.

How to Stay Organized This School Year: Planning

September is here and another school year is upon us. If you’ve been looking for ways to stay organized and accomplish your goals, look no further!

One of the key elements to staying organized is planning, and we’re happy to tell you that there are so many great options out there to help you plan your life.

Finding Your Method of Planning

All of us have methods of keeping track of our lives from day to day, be it post-it notes on our desks or reminders on our phones. The trick is finding a system that is consistent and easy enough to update.

Bullet Journaling

future log – source: @bullet.journal.love

Bullet journaling is a extremely customizable way of planning that relies on a “future log” and rapid note-taking to help keep track of events, to-do lists, habits, etc. Bullet journals range from minimalist to complete works of art. Find out how to set up your bullet journal here.

Google Calendar

source: https://www.guidingtech.com/best-google-calendar-tips/

Ah, the wonders of Google! Google Calendar allows you to schedule your days hourly, share your calendar with others, and even create scheduled task lists and reminders. Google also makes it easy to set up repeating events and schedule meetings. There is even a handy app that makes it easy to make quick reminders while you’re away from your computer.

Check out some of these hacks to get the most out of your google calendar.

Pre-made Planner

hourly spread – source: amazon

If you want to go the more traditional route, there are plenty of pre-made planners out there to fit your needs.

If your planning includes lots of weekly to-dos, make sure you have space for notes.

If you’d rather have your day planned down to the hour, there are planners for that as well!

Here is a list of the best planners of 2018.


Wake Up App – source: Brit + Co.

Last but not least – try out an app. Here are 14 apps that will help you stay organized this year.

Now go forth and plan!

Tips for Staying Focused while Studying

When it’s time to study, it seems like everything other than your books becomes incredibly interesting. It takes next to nothing to become distracted, and even things that would never interest you otherwise become highly entertaining.

Studying is essential, and learning how to stay focused while doing so will prepare you for the future. Whether you’re a student with an exam fast approaching, or have just received new information at your job, these tips will help you stay focused while studying so you can achieve outstanding results.

1. Stick to a Schedule

You are more likely to study when you put it into your schedule. Otherwise, you will fill your time with something else, or underestimate the amount of time you have available to study “at a later time”. Life can also become quite chaotic fairly quickly without one. So, set a schedule, whether daily or weekly, to ensure that you stay focused and on top of the material you’re learning. Knowing that you have dedicated time to studying will prepare you mentally, while also decreasing stress. However, you must stick to the schedule you make. Never push studying back simply because something else came up.

2. Don’t Overcommit Yourself

With the grind of today’s society, it seems normal to be overly committed and completely bombarded with things to do. However, when you know you have something to study for, learn to say no.  Whether it’s a night out on the town, a networking meeting or helping a friend, you have to prioritize to ensure that you give yourself plenty of study time, as well as time for some well-needed rest and relaxation.  A hectic schedule will increase your stress levels, which will make it even harder to study and retain information. If a proposed activity can wait, let it.  Say no to all the activities that will complicate your schedule, and yes to the ones that will reduce stress and create more time for you to focus on things of priority.

3. Find the Perfect Study Space

Studying on your bed with your favourite sitcom playing in the background is tempting, but it won’t be nearly as effective as it should be. In order to fully retain the information you’re studying, you must be in the right environment and mindset. Too many distractions will quickly take you away from the learning process. Avoid places that are too busy, such as the local hot spot that is famous for their cup of java, and choose an area that is a little more quaint and quiet. Libraries, lounges and even picnic areas can be an excellent place to study, assuming they aren’t overridden with people and noise. You also want to choose a study area that is well lit and comfortable. A bad setup can significantly affect your work efficiency, so never underestimate the power of finding the perfect study spot.

4. Turn off the Tech

Forget the technology. Although you love your tablet, iPod and smartphone, turn it off, put it down and don’t pick it back up until your schedule declares studying time to be over. All of the notifications, text messages and phone calls are just going to take away from your productivity. Now, you may be tempted to skip over this studying tip, especially if you plan on using your electronic devices to “help” you study. But stick with the traditional paper, pen and highlighter method to ensure that you fully retain all the information you’re studying. Make sure that your perfect study area is a gadget-free zone, and you’ll get the most out of the time you have dedicated to studying.

5. Schedule Time for Distractions

With all that said, studying intensely for long periods of time with absolutely no enjoyment in your life won’t be beneficial either. With no breaks, you are setting yourself up to be a prime candidate for a burn out. Schedule time for distractions, and you will be more focused when it comes time to hit the books. See these study breaks as a reward for your hard work, and let that motivate you to sit back down and study once your break is over. All work and no play can be just as detrimental as all play and no work. So, find a balance that works for you to ensure your happiness and productivity are equally satisfied.

Inappropriate forms of studying are highly tempting. After all, everyone likes to listen to music, watch their favourite television show and surround themselves with good company. However, these are inappropriate forms of studying because they are not effective and with drastically affect your productivity.  Follow these tips for staying focused while studying, and you’ll get the perfect balance of productivity and play.