Mastering Time: Effective Time Management for MGB Students

Time management is a crucial skill for anyone navigating the demands of academic, work, and private life, but for international students, it can be particularly challenging. Especially students from the Global Business Master program, studying on three different continents during a time frame of only 9 months, are sometimes struggling with those circumstances. Adjusting to a new culture, language, and educational system while balancing coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal commitments such as travelling requires a strategic approach to time management. Here are three tips to help international students to make the most of their time:

  1. Prioritize tasks: identify your most important tasks and allocate time accordingly. Use tools like to-do lists or task management apps to organize your responsibilities and ensure that you focus on the most urgent matters. Prioritize assignments based on deadlines and importance, and break larger tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. You can also explore productivity apps that offer features like task tracking, time blocking, and reminders to help you stay organized and on track.
  2. Practice self-care and seek support: maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for overall well-being and academic success. Make time for activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul, such as exercise, hobbies, and socializing with your study colleagues. Prioritize adequate sleep and nutrition to ensure that you have the energy and focus to tackle your tasks effectively. Moreover, don’t hesitate to reach out for support when needed. Whether it’s academic advisors, professors, or fellow students, there are resources available to help you manage your time more effectively.
  3. Reflect and adapt: regularly evaluate your time management strategies and adjust them as needed. Reflect on what’s working well and what could be improved and be open to trying new approaches. With time and practice, you’ll develop a personalized time management system that suits your unique needs and preferences.

In conclusion, mastering time management as an international student requires discipline, organization, and adaptability. By prioritizing tasks, practicing self-care, seeking support when needed and reflecting on your strategies, you can maximize your productivity and achieve academic success while also enjoying a fulfilling study-abroad experience. But don´t worry: if your time management is not on point yet, the semesters abroad are the perfect possibilities to practice those important skills and prepare you perfectly for your career after the Global Business studies.

Author: Teresa Mayer (PAC ´23)