The curriculum at universities is very well organized, there is not much left of the cliché of the lazy student. How can students efficiently organize their daily routine at the university?

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At school, everything was usually set out nicely - timetable, exam dates, homework and material - but at university you have to organize a lot yourself: the sequence of events, notes, books, exams - and that Things to Learn! But that's not all: students also have to write scientific texts and work on the side to do that Study to finance and also with internships on the Job to prepare.

Result: Quite a few students feel almost overwhelmed by the mass of requirements. One in five even feels so overwhelmed that they drop out of their studies. But it doesn't have to get that far, because there is a magic word that can help: Time management

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Time management - "sounds stressful at first", many will think and therefore let it be the same. Wrong thought. A good schedule is not rigid Tasks, to which one has to adhere slavishly.

Rather, it adapts flexibly to your own needs and helps to gradually optimize your own habits. Time management therefore forms the basis for efficient work.

Time management helps

A widespread misconception is to believe that time management replaces the previous daily routine with guidelines that you have to stick to from now on.

The opposite is true: time management gives that Everyday life of students a flexible Structure, which should gradually replace the previous lifestyle. And in the long run, these new, improved habits lead to more freedom. Instead of constantly chasing your schedule, you end up doing more in the same amount of time and are much more relaxed.

Only patience

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However, patience is important: if the desired result does not come out immediately at the end, many give up their time management fast up again. However, who does not yet have its efficiency increase and his Stress could reduce, his time management has to adapt even better to reality.

Usually it doesn't work right away, you need a certain amount of time to be able to realistically estimate the effort and to plan the time optimally.

Analyze your own way of working

The first step to a new time planning is a precise inventory: If you want to redistribute your time, you first have to do it clear do what he spends the day doing. Therefore, you should analyze your own way of working day by day for at least a week.

For each day, you create a table in which you enter all the activities of the day: when were you in the lecture? When did you look for books in the library? When did you learn, when did you take a break and when did you eat? And when did you get stuck in the cafeteria for too long?

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In this way, the start and end times for each activity should be recorded in writing. But you should also whole Honestly make a note of whether and for how long you were interrupted from work that you had firmly planned to do, for example because you simply stayed in the kitchen with your roommate after lunch instead of continuing to study.

Or because your best friend called you and stopped you from important things. In this way you get a good overall impression of your daily routine

The right work technique

The right working technique is also important, for example when working with texts: Here it helps to first check which chapters, sections or sub-paragraphs are actually relevant for your own question - if the same exists at all.

In the second step, marginal notes and colored underlining have proven to be important tools, which of course cannot be done with books that you have only borrowed. Here, too, it is useful to already have a question in the Head to have and only to underline sparingly with this.

Why the schedule often goes wrong: don't fall into the trap

But even if the schedule actually sounds good - study four hours in the morning, then lunch break, in the afternoon in the library to research books for homework, in the evening seminar and then in bed in time so that you are fit for learning again the next morning - it always comes differently than you think ...

For example like this: Even learning does not work as you want it to, because you are always thinking of something else: tidying up, shopping, washing dishes, hanging out with your roommates in the kitchen - and the morning is over.

Choosing the right place to work: Too much distraction

After lunch you sit in the cafeteria for too long, so that in the end there is far too little time for the book research. And in the evening, after the seminar, you go to the next pub with your fellow students - learning the next morning should fall flat ... In fact, this is the main problem of many students: in addition to the actual curriculum, the university also offers a comprehensive supporting program of lectures, events or student organizations. There are also the temptations of student life.

Also about the Choice the right place to work, opinions differ. For example the library: Are there enough workstations? Are the light, temperature and ventilation conditions in the tolerable range for me? And last but not least: What is the level of activity and noise like? It makes a big difference whether I'm sitting in a municipal library, where a study group of five may be talking right next to me and where people are constantly running back and forth, or in a special reading room in which a small number of philologists and historians are silently discussing incunabula sits. Some students therefore use headphones. The place of work also depends on the type: some are more likely to do bibliography in a library and prefer to do everything else at home. Others generally preferred to work in the library.

Goals are necessary: ​​important tasks first

Those who do not consistently separate important tasks from unnecessary pastime can quickly do theirs Set out of sight verlieren. The prerequisite is, of course, that you are clear about which tasks are really important and what you have to do for them:

Goals must be challenging, but at the same time realistic and flexible. What good is it if you set yourself the goal of studying all day long, when actually one of your own goals is to enjoy student life or get involved in politics. Corresponding activities must then be planned in the same way as learning. The schedule is based on these goals. Accordingly, anything that is not conducive to one's goal should be avoided. This includes that you sometimes “No” says – even if it's your best friend or it would be much more tempting to still sit in the pub with your fellow students. However, who in Eye keeps what he wants to achieve, it will be with some exercise succeed.

Defermentitis: Attention is important

Another big one Problem is that many students like to postpone tasks such as learning or homework. A thousand other things come to mind that you absolutely have to do - so that the really important things are left behind. But behind this one procrastination, the technical term for procrastination, there is usually more to it than not being able to plan your time properly: namely often a massive reluctance or even Anxietyto tackle the really important things.

In addition, there is a certain amount of inattention and lack of concentration: there is this story about you going around Professor, who announced at the beginning of the semester that in each of his sessions he would lie will accommodate - and it became the sporting task of the students to uncover this lie. What was the result? The students listened more carefully, and if an hour went by without the lie being uncovered, they sat together and searched—thus imperceptibly repeating the material of the session. The awareness was the Professor Also for sure.

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