Defining specific times for doing activities is the basic idea behind time blocking. This technique is championed by Cal Newton in “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” and other books.
Is this so groundbreaking that books have to be written about it? Maybe not, however, it is something that simply works and despite being quite obvious most people do not use it as frequently as they should. So, let’s dive deep into the process, and specifically how this applies to you as a student.
As stated earlier, time blocking is literally “blocking” a time period to do an activity. Some people might say something like “I will study for 1 hour when I get home”, clearly this is far from being an example of time blocking for students. What is missing? A clear definition. “Getting home” is fuzzy, and even if you know the exact time that you will arrive at home, there are still so many things that can interfere and influence the outcome regardless of your good intentions.
Others will say: “I will study between 3:30 and 4:30 when I get home”. We can see the improvement from the previous statement. Both time limits and a place are clearly marked. Still, there is something missing… Can you guess?… Exactly! What will you study? We need to go one step further.
We are getting there. “I will do exercises 3 and 5 on page 62 in my Science book between 3:30 and 4:30 at home”. Much better. All you have to do then is repeat this every day with every task. Ufff!!!! That is too much to organize!!! There must be a better way…
How to use time blocking with Studeam
There are four steps that you have to take in Studeam.
First, set the normal schedule for your study time. I literally mean create blocks of time for you to study. Rain or shine. Just commit to it. Then on any particular day, you might have to make exceptions but for a good reason, not just because…
Second, register all the tasks that you need to get done. I mean ALL the tasks that you want to get done in the time frame you set aside in step 1.
Third, press the purple button. Now you have your perfect plan. Commit to it.
Fourth, Update your progress.
I hope that this post has helped you to understand how to apply time blocking for students. You can find more time management techniques here.