From paying a visit to your nan and arranging time to catch up with friends to working on your portfolio and updating your CV, these are all things which require time, thought and planning.

Good time management is essential for coping with the pressure and stress that comes with everyday life. For example, focusing on the tasks which matter and make a difference can help you to organise your time. Here’s how it’s done:

Have to’s

These are part of almost everyday life and, whether we like it or not, we all have to get them done. For example:

  • Keeping your room clean: We all have household responsibilities, so try and keep on top of this
  • School and homework: School doesn’t last forever, but the impact can. Make your grades count
  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep is important for our energy levels
  • Eating and personal hygiene: If you feel good about yourself, others will too, so don’t let it slip

Want to’s

These are the things which we enjoy doing and make our lives a little more fulfilling! For example:

  • Activities: Whether you’re a footballer, painter or violinist in your spare time, having a hobby is important, and fun!
  • Chill out time: You need some time to just be you, whether that’s reading a book or meeting a friend for a coffee
  • Socialising: Go out and enjoy yourself with your mates
  • Identify achievable goals: What is it you want to do? Whether that’s short term, such as baking a cake, or long term, such as learning a new language, set yourself some targets

Here are some of our top tips:

  • Figure out your aims and think about what it is you want to achieve
  • It’s hard to remember everything you want to do, so keep a list to help you stay organised and in control!
  • Make sure your work is completed to a high standard, as oppose to rushing things and getting more done.
  • If you find yourself stressed at a situation, take a moment to relax and think about something else. The distraction can help you re-energise.
  • Priorities your task starting with the most important job to be done