What you can do

Spend some time planning and organising

Keep a calendar or schedule with all your key dates. Then establish priorities for the semester and reassess these priorities periodically. In your calendar, include time for relaxing, exercise and socialising alongside your studies.

Set reasonable goals

Make sure that you’re realistic about what you can achieve in the time allocated. Break big tasks down into small parts, give yourself flexibility and reward yourself for completing work. Checking off tasks off as you complete them can also instil a sense of satisfaction.

Identify and write down your own personal goals

This can help you track your progress toward achieving your study goals. Remember to focus on your own reasons and goals for doing something. This helps you maintain your focus, motivate you during tough times and help keep things in balance.

Focus on one thing at a time

Research shows that multitasking is a myth. We waste time switching back and forth between tasks and lose the depth of our engagement and absorption of the material.

Develop good routines

It takes 30 days to create a habit, but good habits can make your life a lot easier. With good habits, you don’t have to make as many hard decisions and you are less likely to talk yourself out of doing something. Establish a weekly routine to manage all the things you need to do, such as your class and study time. Remember to allow for socialising, relaxing and exercising.

Choose your environment

Choose a work environment and a time that is most productive for you. Is it at your desk at home, in the library or bright and early in the morning?

Take breaks

To increase productivity, try working for 20 minutes at a time, then take a short five-minute break and start again. Your brain still processes information even when you are not actively thinking about it. Be careful, however, that a short break doesn’t turn into a long one.

Take time off

Students often feel guilty when they are not working because they keep thinking about the tasks still to complete. If you plan out your schedule, you will know that you have time to get everything done. That way when you have finished for the day, you can feel free to relax and enjoy yourself.

Study smart at RMIT

Support online

  • Check out the RMIT Learning Lab where you can find resources such as videos, online tutorials, podcasts and quick tips to assist with time management.

  • The Desk has a good time management module to help you plan your study.

  • Discover more tools and tactics to manage your time at Reach Out.

Apps that help

  • To learn techniques to help you focus more and get some relief from a stressed mind, try out Headspace or Smiling Mind.

  • Try a life management diary tracker TracknShare.

  • Focus Time is a timer for people who want to avoid distractions and get more done.