Pull out the pen and paper!
Pull out the pen and paper!(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

Chalking out a study timetable: Here's a sample one for you!

When you draw a timetable, it helps you stick to a framework that helps you deliver output in a timely fashion

Crafting an effective timetable requires a personalised approach, and EdexLive explored this by delving into the routines of individuals like IAS officer Manuj Jindal and the world's fastest calculator, Bhanu Prakash. Each perspective sheds light on the layers of mastering time.

“Embrace mornings," insists Manuj Jindal, emphasising the productivity boost that aligning with the natural cycle can bring. He shares, "It may be a debated notion, but I firmly believe that aligning with the natural cycle of most animals enhances productivity. After lunch, one can take it easy and still have ample time for other activities.”

However, balancing work and leisure is crucial in schedule-building, as highlighted by Khushi Jain, a Class X student of Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Kolkata. She says, "Don't forget to have fun while working. Take breaks when needed and prioritise high-priority tasks. Don’t cut out time with family and friends, as it also contributes to personal development."

Again, room for flexibility in timetables and personalising it to one's own needs is imperative. “I like to keep it flexible. It's about having a plan but tweaking it as needed,” adds Sai Sharan, Class X student, Gitanjali Senior School, Hyderabad.

On a similar note, young prodigy Agastya Jaiswal, who completed his postgraduation at the age of 16, brings in a unique analogy. He states, "Life is an exam and everyone has different question papers. Hence, to share my opinion on an ideal timetable might prove futile for someone else."

Agastya shares that he too embraces early mornings and wakes up at 6 am, indulging in physical and philanthropic activities. “Between 1 to 3 pm, I teach kids. It is my way of giving back what I have learnt, indulging in acts of philanthropy.” He advises students against using cell phones stating, “Limiting internet and cellphone use can save a lot of your time.”

1. Early morning routine

Shake it all off
Shake it all off(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

- 6.30 am - 7.30 am: Wake up and morning routine.

- 7.30 am - 8.00 am: Energising morning exercise.

- 8.00 am - 9.00 am: Breakfast and quick review of daily goals.

2. Morning study session break-up

Start with a fresh mind
Start with a fresh mind(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

- 9.00 am - 12.00 pm: Morning study session, revise everything you did the previous day in brief

9.00 am - 10.30 am: Active learning session (example, solving problems, flashcards)

10.30 am - 11.00 am: Break - grab a snack and relax

11.00 am - 12.00 pm: Study session 

- 12.00 PM - 1.30 PM: Lunch and social time (connect with friends or family)

3. Afternoon study session break up

Listen in
Listen in(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

- 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm: Afternoon study session: (use techniques like mind mapping and learn new concepts)

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm: Focus on a challenging subject or project

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm: Break, take a short walk or listen to music

3.30 pm - 4.30 pm: Collaborative learning session (study group or online discussion)

4. Break time!

Unleash creativity
Unleash creativity (Pic: EdexLive Desk)

- 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Creative break: Pursue a hobby, artistic activity, or engage in a creative project.

5. Evening study session break-up

Come on, dear brain
Come on, dear brain(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

- 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm: Evening study session:

  5.30 pm - 6.30 pm: Review and revise what was studied during the day.

  6.30 pm - 7.00 pm: Plan for the next day and set go

6. Let's eat dinner

Omm nom nomm
Omm nom nomm(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

(Pic: EdexLive Desk)7.00 pm - 8.00 pm: Dinner and relaxation

7. RIght before you sleep

Let's do something else
Let's do something else(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

8.00 pm - 9.30 pm: Leisure and entertainment: Watch a documentary, read a non-academic book, or engage in a favourite pastime

8. Night routine

For tomorrow
For tomorrow(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

9.30 pm - 10.30 pm: Night routine: Wind down and set up the next day's study materials

9. Let's sleep

Night, night
Night, night(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

10.30 pm: Bedtime