How to Manage your Time when you Feel you Have No Time at All


Always overwhelmed? Welcome to the club! Time stands as one of our most precious resources. Here’s how to organise it, become more productive and gain much more energy for yourself



By Priscila de Assis Palma. Cover image by Rosy Ramírez.

Time is a limited resource that we all have and managing it efficiently can make all the difference in our personal and professional lives. Effective time management isn’t just about completing more tasks in a day but rather about prioritising, organising and becoming truly productive. To help you achieve this, here are 6 tips to master your time management.


Establishing clear and actionable goals is crucial to staying focused and motivated. It’s essential to define both short-term objectives, such as completing weekly assignments, preparing presentations, or studying for exams, and long-term goals, such as searching for internships or launching a startup. Breaking down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks can help maintain momentum and track progress effectively. It is also important to have dreams, so start writing them down and come up with a strategic plan to achieve them step by step, with clear goals.


This is one of the most crucial points for effective time management. Students often have a lot on their plate, such as assignments, readings, group projects, networking opportunities, and more. Prioritise tasks based on their urgency and importance; always start with what’s most relevant and has a deadline. Avoid leaving tasks to the last minute, and organise your time well, considering how much time is needed for each activity.


Developing a structured schedule is key to visualising the entire weekly programme. Many options can help with that, such as digital calendars, planner apps, or traditional pen-and-paper methods to organise your schedule. The famous “To-Do”  list is an excellent example of a time management tool. Incorporate dedicated time blocks for studying, attending classes, personal activities, gym, dinners and other engagements. Be realistic about time estimates and understand that sometimes we may face unexpected delays, so it’s advisable to include some extra time in your schedule to make up for it.

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Recognising the importance of delegating tasks and saying no when necessary is crucial for effective time management. When a task is time-consuming or outside your expertise, assign it to your colleagues. Delegating not only lightens your workload but also fosters teamwork, enhances efficiency and cultivates leadership skills. It doesn´t mean you will never do something you don’t know about or be open to learning new things, but you should also learn how to work in a team and delegate without taking more work than others.
At times, it is also necessary to say no, for example, if a deadline is not feasible or an idea is not worth it. Invest your time and energy where it is truly worthwhile.


Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. Identify the root causes of procrastination, whether it´s fear of failure, a lack of motivation, or poor time management habits. If necessary, make time for short breaks to maintain focus and momentum. You can do it!


Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded by digital distractions. If you want to minimise them, it is helpful to turn off notifications, set boundaries with colleagues or family members, and create a dedicated study area at home. Additionally, be mindful of how much time you spend on social media each day. While it’s important to maintain an active social life, it’s equally important to avoid overindulging in your apps.
If you incorporate these six tips into your daily routine, maintain healthy eating habits, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, make time for hobbies and activities you enjoy, and dedicate time to family and friends, you are more likely to live a happier, less stressful life.
Remember, effective time management is not just about getting more done but also about living a balanced and fulfilling life.
Time is one of the most valuable resources we have, so use it wisely and avoid wasting.

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