By Laura Morrison, July 2014
More than anything else, graduate school is a game of resource management. Students find themselves in a constant dance to balance information, money and especially time. When working toward a graduate degree it can feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day. Fortunately, the time demands put on students by graduate studies are perfectly manageable. While graduate students can't produce more time, it is possible with a few tips and tricks to make the most of the hours that they do have.
Save Time by Choosing Your Battles Wisely
Graduate school is a perfect time to network with colleagues and professors, and to form professional relationships that will help build a career when you earn your diploma. Graduate students will find an abundance of opportunities, from research programs to study-abroad options to conferences. Of course, if you're not careful, it can be very easy to overload yourself with such obligations and end up with little or no time for anything else.
Maximize The Use of Your Time by Making Sure You Budget it Appropriately
Maintaining a budget is a great way to monitor your finances, so why wouldn't that same principle hold true for time- management as well? As the American Psychological Association reported, just like when watching your wallet, knowing where each and every minute or hour goes can give you a clear snapshot of how you should spend your time, and where you should make changes to keep yourself on track.
Disconnect to Make Sure You Don’t Waste Your Time
Especially among younger generations of students, personal technology has reached critical mass of ubiquity. With unfettered access to information, not to mention social networking at your fingertips, smartphones can come to feel like a necessary extension of your own body. But as graduate students from the George Washington University School of Public Health pointed out, few things can break your flow of concentration like a smartphone going off with alerts. Constant pings for text messages, Facebook updates and emails do nothing but divide your attention and, ultimately, cost you time.
Take Control of Your Time by Being Proactive, Not Reactive
Success in time management is dependent on your ability to take control of your time. According to GradView, this means taking a proactive approach to your schedule. Rather than struggling to keep up with readings and papers, make accurate assessments of how much time every week you'll need for school work, as well as daily tasks such as work, taking care of housework or balancing family responsibilities.
About the Author: Laura Morrison is the Web Content Manager for GradSchools.com. She earned an MBA from the Rutgers School of Business in 2010.