Imagine this; you’re given a task of going across the Kalahari Desert (for any random reason that suits you, doesn’t matter). You’re given a fixed amount of food and water, and a specific number of days in which you’re supposed to complete your task. And, you’re expected to have finished your supplies by the time you get to the end of the days (this part makes little sense, but I’m trying to make a working analogy here, so bear with me)
Now, any thinking person would make a proper plan; most likely dividing the supplies into portions for each day, so that they would last till the last day.
The journey you’re taking is through all the grades, leading to the final day; when you sit down for the ‘all-important’ exam. Your supplies are the subjects, divided into topics and sub-topics that you’ll have to know before you sit that exam.
To improve your chances of getting good grades, you must have passed through at least three quarters of what you expect to be tested on in the exam. And to ensure you do that, you have to plan in detail, how you’ll do that.
How you do that? You set goals. Your goals are to be divided into three categories; monthly, weekly and daily? Already feels like it’ll require too much work? Relax, it actually doesn’t. You’ll only need to set aside roughly two hours, to do your goal-setting and planning.
Having a schedule like the one I’m about to describe, makes you organised. Knowing exactly what you’re going to study, before you start studying, lifts the burden of having to pick your brains for what you ‘feel’ like studying. It’s honestly less stressful this way. Plus, you save that five to ten minutes you’d have spent trying to figure out what to do.
Also, it gives you motivation to stick to your timetable, because you’ll have it in your mind that skipping a day messes up the schedule.