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I’m about to run over one important statement for students:

  • Your course doesn't require 100% of your attention.

I’m so amazed that so many students think university is all about the course. It’s not. It’s about forward-thinking. You need to explore your future. Simple.

So, time is so important at university.

PS — Before we start — I’m launching a YouTube series for all students soon to help them manage time, get things done and be all-rounders in the big picture.

So, what does an average student do in a day at university:

  • Course 3–4 hours a day.
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In bold indicates time that you need to start considering.

You have 24 hours in your day. Be proactive!

There are some rules to being proactive:

  1. Be smart with your time.

This is a timetable you should consider:

  • Course: 2 hours a day

This probably means nothing to you and if you’re freaking out about this amount of time. I would half the times above and start practising this calendar. Except sleep aha!

Using all 15–17 active hours of your day is so important.

Something that I’ve learnt from Gary Vee is a technique called “all-in” — with all of these areas you need to be “all-in”, focused and have attention on it, this will help you grow value in all these areas.

For Example:

  • If I’m going “all-in” on socialising, I’m not going to be on my phone, I’m going to be focusing on the personal I’m talking too.

University needs to be your zone to explore your future and be “all-in” to trying new things.

So, a popular question: How do you organise this kind of day?

Everyday I have a meeting with myself in the morning at 6–7 AM to establish my activities for the day. This is so useful towards making sure I’m working towards this goal. Alongside I use a tool called Sunrise on iOS to organise all of my professional + personal events.

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I create recurring events such as lunch, mediation, breakfast, dinner etc.

Top tips for managing your time:

Fill up your calendar with information about your day. eg. Run, Meeting with Sarah, Lecture, Meeting with your tutor.

Never add tasks to your calendar, unless it’s a period of time longer than 1 hour you’ll focus on a project

Always be adding things — always add things that crops up in real-time.

Make sure you’re using your calendar to secure time to work on projects so that you are guilted into doing the project.

Book in exercise — it makes you feel even more guilty.

DON’T OVER DO IT first week of practising this.

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