The Gen Z Guide To Time Management

The Gen Z Guide To Time Management

Hello, my loves. Time management and productivity can be so challenging, especially when we have online classes this fall or spring. It is important to remember that time management is all about your mindset. In this post, I will give you easy tips for the gen z guide to time management.

Everyone has the same amount of time in a day. We all have 24-hours, so it all depends on how we manage our time. Once you shift your mindset, it’ll feel less difficult to believe you can complete the tasks you set out to do each morning.

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it”
– Charles Buxton

Time management is all about the effort you put in, but with these 8 easy tips and tricks, managing your time will become so much simpler.

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8 lifesaving time management hacks for students

1. Use a planner

Every student, teen, or human living on this Earth should be using a planner. They keep your thoughts organized and can keep track of all school assignments and social events. Planners are either digital or written.

Personally, I prefer to use a written planner, but I do have some digital aspects to my planning routine. Including the calendar app on my phone.

If you want a daily planner, then you need to check out My Daily Schedule ASAP. You can plan your day by the hour, write a to-do list, notes, and so much more. This is an absolute must-have for everyone. It is a free printable PDF that can be filled out digitally or when written.

2. Time batching

Time batching is a system that groups similar tasks. This helps by limiting distractions from switching between multiple tasks. Time batching helps with productivity because it allows you to be more efficient by focusing on similar jobs.

For example, when I am working on my blog, I outline all my posts altogether, write all my posts together, create all the Canva images together, and schedule all my posts together. This is much faster than changing from outline, writing, to posting for each post.

Batching helps you to achieve a flow state, meaning a state in which you work most efficiently and effectively. Flow state is essential to managing your time well and being more productive. Time batching can be used for pretty much anything—schoolwork, blogging, etc.

3. Learn to say no

If you are someone who feels like they never have enough time to do anything, then it might be because you make too many plans. We are all busy people, so you need to learn how to say no. 

Your friends will understand that you can’t make it to every event, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to any. In order to be successful, you need to have a balanced life. This means having times when you need to buckle down to work and also spend time with friends.

Saying no can be challenging at first, but once it becomes a habit, you won’t have to think twice. Learning to say no and not accept every off can feel liberating and make you feel more like yourself.

It will also give you more time to be productive and better manage your time.

4. Remove distractions

Before starting work, remove distractions. This can be the clutter around your room, devices, or food. In order to be productive in the time you set for yourself, make it as easy as possible to focus.

I like to put my phone out of sight when sitting at my desk. I also make sure that I can’t see it in my peripheral vision, that it’s on Do Not Disturb, and facedown.

This helps me not to scroll through TikTok when I get bored, allowing me to get more done and spend more time focusing on my task.

The Gen Z Guide To Managing Your Time More Efficiently

5. Do the most important tasks first

It might be tempting to check off your simple and easy tasks first, like making your bed or walking the dog, but you need to complete all of your valuable and challenging tasks first. 

This makes sure you just get them done and don’t have time to procrastinate starting them. Once you get your main tasks out of the way, you will have the rest of the day to relax and get more stuff done.

Whenever I implement this habit, I notice that I am more motivated to complete other tasks that I was putting off, such as getting in touch with a friend, doing my laundry, or finishing a long term project.

6. Spend more time planning

Planning is the key to success when managing your time. Without planning or setting out what you need to do beforehand, it can be easy to lose track of what you need to get done.

To plan your day, you need to be using My Daily Schedule. I mentioned it above when talking about planners because I genuinely believe that it will help you succeed.

By planning out your day, week, month, or year, you can set out to be more productive and achieve your goals.

Planning also takes out the stress of worrying about what you need to get done today or what’s due tomorrow. It will help you stay proactive and manage your time.

7. Work when you are most productive

There’s no way that you are going to get to the maximum amount of tasks completed if you aren’t working during the times when you are at your most productive.

For the general population, this will be early in the morning or late in the evening. Many people don’t work as well in the afternoon, so keep this in mind when planning out your days.

Since you now know you aren’t as productive in the afternoon, you can schedule mindless tasks for you to do during this time, such as responding to emails, walking your dog, or asking a teacher about a homework assignment.

Then, during the morning or evening, you can complete the tasks that take more effort, such as writing blog posts or studying for a test. By taking advantage of your productivity spurts, you will be able to manage your time much more efficiently.

8. Set time limits

I feel like I talk about this all the time, but timers will help you manage your time so much better. They are honestly lifesavers for keeping you on task.

Setting time limits will make sure that you spend that allotted amount of time working on a specific task with full attention and no distractions. Also, if you aren’t feeling very motivated, they will help you get more done.

I set timers for almost everything when I know I really need to get something done. I do this for blog posts, homework assignments, or breaks.

Timers make me feel like I’m getting more done (because I am), which motivates me even more to cross out the rest of the tasks on my to-do list.

8 Time Management Tips You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

The Gen Z Guide To Time Management:

  1. Use a planner
  2. Time batching
  3. Learn to say no
  4. Remove distractions
  5. Do the most important tasks first
  6. Spend more time planning
  7. Work when you are most productive
  8. Set time limits

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