MH-Time Management

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Time Management

Time is a limited resource. Balancing your job, home, and school responsibilities is not an easy task. With only 24 hours in a day to check items off to-do lists, spend time with family and friends, and unwind, it never seems like enough. You will be able to accomplish more and enjoy added free time by planning and using your time wisely.

Follow these time management tips to ensure that you meet deadlines, are prepared for exams, and have time for yourself.

1. Set Goals and Identify Distractions

It’s easy to get distracted. Pay attention to what’s pulling your focus away from your studies.

  • Are you on social media too many hours a day?
  • Do you answer phone calls and texts during study time?
  • Do you lose hours while browsing the web?

Regardless of what’s wasting your time, set a goal to not engage in distractions during study time. Turn off notifications or even place your phone in a drawer or another room. If you are using a computer, sign out of social media sites before you begin studying.

Use those distracting activities as a reward instead. Stay focused and accomplish the tasks you want to complete and then take a break.

Need help setting goals? Check out SMART Goals!

2. Create a To-Do List

Try making a list of tasks you need to complete and then prioritize them based on when they are due. This set plan for the day will ensure you know what to do and when to do it, even if it is just a few essential items.

3. Tackle Small Tasks First

Large projects can be overwhelming, and the stress can make you procrastinate. Start with a simple, short task and then move on to larger projects.

4. Only Do One Thing at a Time

A study by Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., showed that multitasking is not as efficient as it seems to be. They found that people who multitask are less productive than people who complete one task at a time.

5. Create Routines

A specific routine can help you achieve the things you need to do. If your home is quiet in the morning, try reading or studying then. If you identify these productive areas of time, you won’t have to think about when you will complete the tasks you need to finish in a day.

6. Break Smart

The pockets of time between work, classes, activities, and appointments are a great time to complete tasks. A technique developed in the 1990s shows you how to work in short bursts and take short regular timed breaks or “Pomodoros.”

7. Time Off

Taking time for yourself is crucial after long study sessions or large chunks of time working on tasks. Break away from screens or textbooks and give your mind a rest. A short walk or engaging in a favorite activity can allow the body and mind to process the information and prepare to start again.

8. Delegate or Ask for Help

As you continue your education, ask friends or family to help more around the house. Freeing up time by having others help with chores or errands will help you stay focused. Also, there are many academic resources to take advantage of that help busy college students balance life and studies. Ask your school counselor about what may be available to you.

Your education is critical to your development, and it only makes sense to take the time to master the skills that will ultimately help you save time and be more productive!