After opening several pages, I opted to collate information these three shared. They are pretty general and self-explanatory. We know how to do them to help us manage time better. How we apply and adapt them (religiously) is another story.
- Planning makes us more organized. We could stay on top of assignments, exams, and study times. We can schedule our time day by day and right down to hour by hour for a more detailed approach. Planning gives us an overview of everything we need to do and how we will accomplish it. Following a plan gives us a peace of mind and helps us enjoy the learning process.
- Time management skills build good reputation. Effective time management makes us honor appointments and meet deadlines. When we do such, we will be known for being reliable. Showing we have good time management skills helps build good reputation and shows we can be trusted with responsibility. This is indeed a life skill.
- We can be more focused. Time management can provide relief from stress resulting from procrastination or falling behind school work. Good time management skills help us become effective learners and avoid constantly feeling as though we have too little time. Proper time management helps us tackle tasks in a timely manner and helps us to focus better on the task at hand without feeling stressed. Managing time properly allows us to concentrate on one task at a time, instead of trying to get everything done at once. When we are focused, we deliver quality work and set goals, plan how to reach, and achieve them.
- Good time management helps us “get a life.“ To enjoy life while studying, it is important that we maintain a good balance between studies and social life. We need to take time out from school work to relax and have fun with friends and family. However, this can only happen if we have good time management skills. Good time management will help us plan our down time and study time well in advance, so that we can really enjoy that down time without worrying about work that needs to be done.
- Have a morning routine. Whether we start the day with an exercise or a meditation, we have to make sure we get some alone time in the morning before facing the chaotic world.
- Do the most important work first. Research suggests that the most productive time to work is within the first two hours after we wake up. This is why most top performers tackle big projects first thing in the morning.
- Embrace teamwork. Learn to collaborate and how to collaborate better. Let us be willing to accept ideas and work with other people.
- Keep all deadlines in one place. This is one of the reasons why we have learning management systems (LMS). We have to keep track of our schedule and priorities. One suggestion: we should only have one device to document all important events and deadlines.
- Find time to unwind. Tony Schwartz, founder and CEO of The Energy Project wrote that not finding time to relax will lead to less productivity and eventually burn us out.
- Eliminate distractions. When attending online classes or doing school work, we should make sure that our phones, social media accounts, and other gadgets are far from our easily tempted hands and minds. This suggestion calls for self discipline.
- Study in shorter bursts. For every 30 minutes of school work, we should schedule a short 10-15 minute break to recharge. Trying to work on one thing for too long can actually cause our minds to wander more. Taking short breaks is a good way to give our brain a chance to recharge so we can come back more focused.
- Get enough quality sleep. Getting enough sleep is important to recharge our mind and have the energy needed to stay on track the next day. We should add to our plans a cut-off time to do school work and a set bedtime. Following this routine will help us find time to unwind at the end of each day and get the sleep we need.
Let us give these suggestions a try and see how they could change the way we get things done.
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