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Time Management Key Points
There are different ways to stay organized in different
aspects of your life, and they’re all important for
maintaining a manageable lifestyle and study time.
1. Stay Organized
Ya, ya you all know that! But are we actually organized with a
clean work or study area? From personal experience I have
learned having a space to study that is free from clutter is a
major area to maximize your productivity.
The cleaner your space is, the more focused you will be. Take
time to clean up and get organized and make sure everything is
in it’s proper place and is easily accessible. It will have you time
and money on the long run.
2. Get the small stuff out of the way first.
This includes your to do list and all the small stuff that
consume the least amount of time, and making sure you
have all the necessary study tools and materials you
need before it’s time to get serious. Always be ready!
This is very similar to keeping an organized work space, only
instead of keeping a physical space free of clutter, you’re
keeping your daily life free of clutter. The moment you’re
presented with something small, get it out of the way right
away. The small tasks are the ones that can pile up the fastest.
For example when the syllabus is made available, go through it
and organize your self accordingly. Download your textbooks
as soon as you know which ones you need. Do it now, so you
don’t forget about it later.
3. Use to-do lists for daily and long-term goals.
When you have a clear understanding of
the work you need to get done on a
daily basis, and a weekly (and even
monthly) basis, it helps you better
understand the scale of what's ahead.
When everything is laid out, you’ll have
an easier time categorizing and
prioritizing work by due date, amount of
effort, and importance.
What helped me was to break down large
goals into smaller ones that are easier to
manage. Getting those big tasks become
much more manageable when you
understand the bits and pieces of work
required to make the larger project a
If you have an assignment or project due, set aside
enough time such as specific dates and times to
spend as study time in order to prepare. Dedicate
certain amount of time researching and revise all the
Not only will this help you with the project at hand,
it will help make your time management skills
stronger as a whole, because you’re learning how to
get a feel for your own pace, and how to judge the
necessary time commitments to get certain types of
Understand Your Limits
We are not computers.
With the amount of work
you have to do, the amount
of information you need to
process, the number of tests
you need to prepare for, it’s
crucial to remember your
own physical and mental
limits when preparing for
those particularly work
4. Organize study time around what works
Obviously, but there’s more to it than you may
think. Ask yourself, do you work best at nights, or in
Alone, or in groups?
Get a feel for the circumstances that help you be the
most productive you can be, and try to plan your
prime study sessions in accordance with those
If you’re not someone who can work first thing
in the morning, spend the early hours of your
day getting those smaller, mindless tasks we
talked about earlier out of the way. Send emails,
mark dates, go over your to-do list, take some
time to wake up.
Just as, if you’re not someone who can work late
into the night, power through the day and treat
yourself with a good night’s sleep.
5. Be aware of your health, and make plans to maintain it.
Three, major key factors are sleep, eat and exercise.
You need at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily while
maintaining healthy eating habits all along with
exercise. No matter what there is no reason to let
your physical health and sanity slip because of it. I
know you might think taking a break here and there
might be a waste of time, but that’s only the case if
you’re doing it in excess – that’s called
Kicking back one or two times during a long study
session, grabbing some food and going on a quick
walk will actually help you focus for longer periods of
In conclusion you’re saving time by allowing yourself a
quick break to re-energize and re-focus your mind,
than you would be if you tried to power through your
work with no relaxation in sight. That’s the perfect
way to crash and burn, and end up being less
productive in the long run. As we all know maintain a
healthy diet and exercise are necessary to stay
productive and focused.
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