Students always complain of not having enough time but I beg to disagree. Having been a student before, I know itâ€™s not about having enough time, itâ€™s about developing self-discipline and managing the time they have at their disposal. Itâ€™s also about having the right mindset.
Most times, students go to college and forget why they are in school. The allow peer pressure to get in their way. They allow friends to mislead them. They make their studies take a second place but this will not be the case if self-discipline is involved.
Self-discipline for students is highly necessary. As a student, you should not always go with the flow, refuse to give in to the temptations surrounding you. This is most especially true for college students who are greatly influenced by peer pressure.
To be able to manage your time, you must be self-disciplined. To be able to study, you must also be self-disciplined as there are many things that would compete for your attention. And because studying is not particularly exciting, you may never get down to doing it without self-discipline.
But then, what is Self-Discipline?
Self discipline is driving your heart, soul and body in the direction of your dreams and goals. And as a student, your goal is to pass your examinations and graduate. So, anything that will not make you achieve your goal (like a night out with friends), you say NO to it.
Does that make self-discipline a punishment? No, rather, itâ€™s a means of achieving set goals and dreams. Athletes need self-discipline to achieve success, same as footballers, musicians and actors. As a student, you need self-discipline more because of the various temptations hanging around. Show me any achiever who didnâ€™t climb the rungs through self-discipline and Iâ€™ll show you an achiever who is not there yet.
Without self-discipline, you canâ€™t study as a student because most times, you may not feel like studying but self-discipline says do what youâ€™ve got to do even when you donâ€™t feel like it. In essence, you donâ€™t have to feel like going for lectures, you also donâ€™t have to feel like doing your project; neither do you have to feel like studying to pass your exams, just do it because you have to as a student.
Benefits of Self Discipline for Students
- Youâ€™ll be able to study as at when due
- Youâ€™ll be able to achieve your goal of graduating from college
- Youâ€™ll be able to overcome peer pressure
How Students Can Achieve Self Discipline
- Exercise: This is vital as exercise involves following a schedule and not wavering from it. Everyday, commit to your schedule and youâ€™ll be able to develop self-discipline fast.
- Set a regular time to visit the library and read one or two books every week (with no exceptions).
- Learn new skills and master subjects youâ€™re not very good in. We all have strong and weak points when it comes to the courses we take in college. When I was in college, I was not good in maths but excellent in English langauge, so, I asked a mate who was good in maths to teach me maths, while I taught him English. We did a trade by barter, sort of. And it paid off, as I was able to master maths skills in no time. Also, try to learn a new skill like public speaking, painting, drawing, playing a musical instrument, etc.This engages the brain in an excitingly new way.
- Journal your activities and emotions on a daily basis and tick tasks youâ€™ve completed off your to-do list. You must have a daily to-do list and assess yourself daily.
- Volunteer your services to neighbours, family or a non-profit organization and generally help, without being asked. The important thing is to commit yourself to a certain task and fulfill it. The feeling this brings is awesome and will also help your self-discipline.
Between Self Discipline and Time Management
Without self-discipline, you cannot manage your time well. Time management is the proper allocation of time for your daily activities. Every day you wake up, allocate time for all your activities and be disciplined enough to do all the tasks youâ€™re supposed to do. Donâ€™t procrastinate to the next day, remember, procrastination is the thief of time.
Benefits of Time Management for Students
- Time management will keep you from engaging in unnecessary activities that can lead you to cramming. Usually, cramming is the result of skipping your studies for two or three consecutive days, and having all your notes piled up with your previous schedules. And since youâ€™re way behind schedule, you tend to put pressure on yourself to finish the notes and if you realise you canâ€™t, you resort to cramming (which is not too good for you).
- Time management will prepare you for the world outside college. If you effectively manage your time in college, youâ€™ll be able to do so when you get employed and become a great asset to your employer.
- Time management makes you responsible. You take responsibility for all the activities that must be done and live up to the billing, without making excuses. When you make this a habit as a youngster, it tends to stay with you into adult hood, thereby making you a responsible member of our society.
- Time management leads to social gain. If you manage your time very well, youâ€™ll have extra time for extra-curricular activities (like sports, music, writing, public speaking, etc) and be able to develop yourself beyond just academics.
- Time management helps with money management. Time, they say is money; if a student can manage his time well, it inadvertently means, he can manage his money well, because time wasted, is money wasted.
How Students Can Manage Their Time Well
- Manage your time for academics well. Know why youâ€™re in school and commit to all the activities that can help you graduate.
- Manage your personal time well. We all know itâ€™s not possible to concentrate on your studies 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. A bit of personal activities (like an hour out with friends) will surely boost your productivity but watch it, so, the time you spend on personal stuff doesnâ€™t eat into your academic time.
- Watch your health. Eat as at when due; sleep as at when due. Do all things in moderation to avoid damaging your health. Health, they say, is wealth.
- Devise a system for time management, such as, using the calendar on your phone; using online applications like the Google Calendar; or just using the paper-calendar model. Just find a system that works for you and if what you're using isn't working for you, don't give up. Just change and try again.
- But if youâ€™ve tried and all else fails, try talking with your academic adviser or an on-campus tutoring center. If you check carefully, youâ€™d realise your campus offers help with time management because it's such a challenge for everyone.
Summary and Action TakeAway
There you have it, tips to boost your productivity as a student. Implement them and get more out of your days in college!