How to prioritize and manage your time productively

How do you avoid daily pressures from getting the better of you? Do you put things off for later and make up by justifying that you work well under pressure or are you the type that plans to get things done timeously and avoid burning out?

Juggling a 9-to-5, studying, blogging, exercising, and the rest of life’s demands can be a hella lot sometimes. All these things demand your time; it often feels like there’s tons on your plate with just minimal time to execute. But this is not quite the case, is it? It simply boils down to how you prioritize and allocate your time.

I remember the previous semester I had written down way beforehand how I was going to navigate my studies and stuff, I had a clearer vision of what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to go about it. I’d noted all the things that were consuming my precious limited time of which I had to eliminate and replace accordingly. I had set-up a routine and worked so hard to stick by it.


Imagine the possibility

Draw up a feasible plan

What is it that you want to achieve? Your plan shouldn’t be so complicated that you’re unable to produce results. Your goals should be realistic and conveniently practical for you to accomplish.

Work schedule

Allocate time for each activity. For instance decide if you’ll workout early in the morning before work so that you’re able to study after work and so forth. Honestly, I’m not an early person so instead I’d workout after work so by eight in the evening I’d start studying and at ten the latest I’d be in bed.


You can expect the best when you give your best. Dedicate your time and commit yourself to working hard. Sow and reap the benefits later.

Switch off

Imagine if the time you spend recklessly on social networks was used to grasp concepts and definitions, where would you be if you actually used that time doing something productive? I advise you to start switching off; limit the time you spend online and skip television. Yes, it makes a huge difference. At least for me it did as I wasted plenty of time on there.

Do not procrastinate

It is essential for you to align yourself with the work and don’t lose track. You won’t feel motivated everyday but since you’ve made a commitment you’ll hold yourself accountable and do what’s right even when you don’t feel much like it because you care about the outcomes.

Support system

You can use all the support you can get. It can be by means of mere understanding. When your people understand that some moments you’ll miss. Even better when they’re goal-driven themselves, you’ll be more supportive and understanding of one another.

If you take a closer look at your typical day for instance, you’ll notice that you have plenty of time at your disposal, however, managing it efficiently is probably the real challenge. We’re inevitably inclined to things we prioritize and the implications thereof are evident as we tend to concentrate more on them. Now think about what those activities are for you. Are they worth splurging your energy on, are you being productive? If not – subsequently change them; draw up your plan, schedule and put in the work.

All the best!