Learning how to manage yourself and your time will increase your success in coping with anxiety and stress. Effective time management requires you to balance your efforts and develop a focused action plan.
It also means you to have to pay attention to what's important in achieving your goals and managing situations that detract you from your goals. Effective time management includes making choices every day. "Will I start my day writing that paper due next week or will I watch that television show?" Determine what you have to accomplish each day and week in order to discover how much time is needed to complete your tasks.
Time Management Resources
Breaking projects down into small manageable steps will avoid feelings of being overwhelmed. If you have a ten to twenty page paper to write or a test to study for, you can begin planning in small manageable steps....
Plan ahead so you can work in smaller steps
Write just the first paragraph the first day
Study just the first chapter
Tape record yourself rehearsing information you need to know and play it back several times a day/week
Remember that every new skill takes time to learn
Every new habit requires practice
Below you will find links and resources that will provide you with information and support in each of the following areas: time management, stress management, test anxiety and avoiding the pitfalls of perfectionism.
Time Scheduling Suggestions: by the University Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Key methods for effectively setting priorities, such as numbering tasks that must be accomplished in order of importance, and then staying focused on the most important task before working on the next ones.
Where Does the Time Go?: by the University Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. A variety of strategies are presented, such as creating a master timetable that factors in class schedules, recreation, study time and spacing out the study time for optimal learning and focus.
Time Management : by Texas Women's University. One of the basics of effective time management is to be aware of all that needs to be done. Though many people keep track of day-to-day activities in their heads, effective time managers facilitate planning and productivity by making a task list." This resource covers three basic steps: listing all study-related tasks, estimating the time each task will take and ranking them in priority order. Time Scheduling: by the University Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Eight tips for effective time-scheduling as a college student, such as: "Plan for Weekly Reviews: At least one hour each week for each class (distinct from study time) should be scheduled. The weekend is a good time for review."
Time Scheduling Suggestions:by the University Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Practical advice on how to prepare long-term, intermediate-term and short-term schedules.
Procrastination Test by QueenDom.Com. After responding to 40 questions, you will receive feedback on "whether you are a procrastinator, and if so, why you procrastinate and what areas of your life are most affected."
Overcoming Procrastination by the Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs, State University of New York at Buffalo. A concise discussion of procrastination in three sections: "What is Procrastination?" "Why Do Students Procrastinate?" and "How to Overcome Procrastination."
Procrastination Practical tips on how to minimize procrastination. For example, set realistic study goals. One goal would be to study 30-60 minutes/day of difficult material rather than expecting to cover 50 pages in one 5-6 hour sitting.
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