June 24, 2024

As an international student, one of the most crucial aspects of my life here is managing my finances while pursuing my studies. Many international students, like myself, opt for part-time jobs to cover expenses such as rent and living costs.

My Current Situation

However, despite promising myself to enhance my time management skills this year, I find myself still struggling in this area. Nevertheless, I manage to balance my study and work commitments adequately.

The main challenge I face is the absence of a structured routine to effectively manage my time. I work as a customer assistant in the alcohol department at West Denton Morrisons, where I assist customers and manage stock on my shifts. Although I enjoy this job and find physical demands help me sleep better, I often neglect productive or study-related activities on workdays.

I work on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to college. Mondays and Tuesdays, being my days off from work and college, are when I focus on my studies and career development. Exploring the city and new cultures is something I rarely get to do due to time constraints. Therefore, my visit to the Baltic Gallery was a rare opportunity for me to explore Newcastle.

My Time Management Strategy

I follow the principle of “eating that frog,” a concept endorsed by Brian Tracy, where I tackle challenging tasks first to make the rest of my day more manageable and enjoyable. While I do not have a fixed routine, I typically spend my free days, Mondays and Tuesdays, starting at 9AM, connecting with family and friends, working on projects, and watching career-oriented videos and podcasts.

Areas of Improvement

  • To enhance my time management skills further, I plan to make the most of every available moment, especially as deadlines approach.
  • I have recently started making task notes in a diary, successfully completing tasks on time.
  • Additionally, I aim to eliminate half-hearted efforts by breaking down tasks into smaller parts, making the process less overwhelming.

These strategies form the basis of my daily routine to ensure that I utilize my time wisely as an international student.


In conclusion, as an international student navigating a demanding academic workload, mastering time management is essential for success. By incorporating these time management techniques into my daily routine, I can make steady progress towards my goals and maintain a sense of control over my schedule. With discipline and determination, I am confident that these strategies will help me succeed in achieving academic excellence.

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