Time Management is an important skill for any college student. Effective time management will help you to be an academically successful student, to manage your overall stress levels and to ensure that there are enough hours in the day for you to accomplish all of your tasks and responsibilities.
Managing your time is a highly personalized skill; only you know your peak work hours, your attention span, your personal eating and sleeping needs. Only you understand the various facets of your life and the roles you fulfill on daily basis.
This resource will provide you with some tips and strategies to manage your time more effectively. You are invited to review the follow suggestions and consider if any of them seem like
the right fit for you!
The Three Steps to Efficient Time Management Are:
Organizing * Prioritizing * Scheduling
Organization usually involves the use of lists, calendars and other strategies to help you to be aware of all of your tasks and responsibilities.
Prioritizing usually involves understanding which tasks are the most important and should be handled first, versus which tasks can take a back seat or even be delegated to someone else.
Scheduling usually involves a daily attempt to keep your tasks and responsibilities organized in a way that feels
If you are endeavoring to improve your time management skills, ask yourself :
How am I currently managing my time?
Where do I really spend my time?
Do I use my time wisely to focus on the things that are most important to me?
What am I doing to reduce my stress and anxiety in how I manage my time?
How am I attempting to use time wisely to balance my life?
Identify where your time management challenges lie:
Are you always trying to add more hours to the day? Perhaps it would be helpful to start utilizing a planner or daily organizer to keep you on track with how much time is actually available to you each day.
Are you neglecting certain tasks or responsibilities because you're too focused on one area of your personal or academic life? Working towards balance requires an honest inventory of how you spend your time now, and what changes you could make to balance things out.
Are you spending too much time working towards perfection on each task or assignment? This is unnecessary and only adds stress to your life. Work hard to accomplish your goals, keeping in mind that your best work is good enough.
Are all your tasks on the same level of importance? It is helpful in managing your time to understand the organizational importance of setting priorities and goals for task completion. Consider organizing your tasks in terms of importance and/or necessity, this may help you to feel more focused.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Be Productive- Determine the times of the day in which you do your best work!
Prevent Problems- Communicate your needs and goals to others and be prepared for things to not always go as planned!
Protect your time- Say "NO" when necessary (it's okay!) and delegate tasks to people you trust when it is appropriate to do so!
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