Time Management Tips for Students
Work smarter not harder, is a great theme for time management. People who lack time management skills tend to run late and build up stress along the way. Time management skills are important for creating a balanced life. When you manage your time you can create space for both work and play. Without time management skills you are at the whim of the most pressing thing that needs to get done.
Time management requires planning and self-monitoring skills.
Once you plan your time it takes self-control to stick with your plan and not spend work time on a more enjoyable task like talking to a friend. The Stop, Think, Plan, Do system can be helpful for learning time management.
- Don’t be afraid to say “No”. Your time is valuable and limited, make sure you say “no” to anything that is going to take you away from achieving your goal.
- Create a dedicated time to study. Turn off your phone and focus on what you are doing, you will find the work will go much quicker.
- Stay with what you are working on. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked with ideas that cause you to procrastinate.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is important for your brain and energy level.
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