What is time management? Is it important to manage your time? With good time management skills,you are in control of your time, stress level and energy level. You make progress at work. You are able to maintain balance between your study, work, personal, and family lives.
Following are some strategies you can begin using immediately to make the most of your time:
1. Prepare to be successful. When planning ahead for studying, think yourself into the right mood.
2. Use your best—and most appropriate—time of day. Different tasks require different mental skills at different times of the day.
3. Break up large projects into small pieces. It’s easier to get going if you break it up into stages that you schedule at separate times—and then begin with the first section that requires only an hour or two.
4. Do the most important studying first. When two or more things require your attention, do the more crucial one first.
5. If you have trouble getting started, do an easier task first.
6. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed because you have too much to do, revisit your time planner. Review your schedule for the next few days and make sure everything important is scheduled, then relax and concentrate on the task at hand.
7. If you’re really floundering, talk to someone. Talk with your tutor or another student in the class to get back on track.
8. Take a break. We all need breaks to help us concentrate without becoming fatigued and burned out.
9. Use unscheduled times to work ahead. You may be amazed how much studying you can get done during downtimes throughout the day.
10. Keep your momentum. Prevent distractions, such as multitasking, that will only slow you down. Check for messages, for example, only at scheduled break times.
11. Reward yourself. When you successfully complete the task, you should feel good and give yourself a small reward.
12. Just say no. Always tell others nearby when you’re studying, to reduce the chances of being interrupted.
13. Have a life. Never schedule your day or week so full of work and study that you have no time at all for yourself, your family and friends, and your larger life.
14. Use a calendar planner and daily to-do list.
Source from: http://open.lib.umn.edu/collegesuccess/chapter/2-3-organizing-your-time/ (CC-BY-NC-SA)
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