Having a hard time fulfilling the time management methods you imposed on yourself? Do you still feel that you are rushing and being stressed too much because of failure to abide by the time management rules you set out on abiding?
Well, that is not uncommon. Most people, especially students require sometime in honing their time management skills. Likewise, setting dogmatic time management rules for yourself that you expect to fulfill to the letter is not the proper way to go about organizing your time.
Here are tips that you can easily follow:
1. Count all your time as time to be used and be satisfied out of every moment.
2. Find something to enjoy in whatever you do.
3. Stop regretting your failures and start learning from your mistakes.
4. Remind yourself, “There is always enough time for the important things.” If it is important, you should be able to make time to do it.
5. Continuously look for ways of freeing up your time.
6. Try to use waiting time¬¬-review notes or do practice problems.
7. Keep a paper calendar with you and paper where you can jot down the things you have to do or notes to yourself.
8. Examine and revise your lifetime goals on a monthly basis and be sure to include progress towards those goals on a daily basis.
9. Always keep those long-term goals in mind. Put up reminders in your home or office about your goals.
10. Plan your day each morning or the night before and set priorities for yourself.
11. Maintain and develop a list of specific things to be done each day, set your priorities and the get the most important ones done sooner in the day as is possible. Evaluate your progress at the end of the day briefly.
12. Look ahead in your month and try to anticipate what is going to happen so you can better schedule your time.
13. Follow the age-old rules of doing first things first.
14. Be confident about yourself in your judgment of priorities and stick to them no matter what.
15. When you catch yourself procrastinating-ask yourself, “What am I avoiding?”
16. Start with the most difficult parts of projects, and then when you have done your worst, you may find you do not have to do all the other small tasks.
17. Catch yourself when you are involved in unproductive projects and stop as soon as you can.
18. Find time to concentrate on high priority items or activities.
19. Concentrate on one thing at a time.
20. Put your efforts in areas that provide long-term benefits.
21. Push yourself and be persistent, especially when you know you are doing well.
22. Think on paper when possible-it makes it easier to review and revise.
23. Be sure and set deadlines for yourself whenever possible.
24. Delegate responsibilities whenever possible.
25. Ask for advice when needed.
In putting some of the ideas given in this enumeration to practice, you can use a time management sheet for students. You can go to book supply stores for these pre-formatted time management sheet forms. You can get a blank sheet, online, too. Most probably, universities and college institutions have their own format of time management sheets for their students.
You can also make one. You online need a large sheet of paper, rulers and a marker or ball pen. You can put in a neat row of the important things you need to do and the least important ones, against the each day of the week when you are expected to finish it up or start out.
Once you have your own student time management sheet, in whatever method as mentioned, you can jot down and plan your daily, weekly or monthly schedule.
You can complete filling up your Planned Schedule in once you can get a complete summary of the time-use chart and of course, your school’s syllabus and student calendar where you will find all the necessary student activities that would involve you whether you like it, or not.
Use your time management sheet as your very own personal activity calendar. While improving or adding items to it, think about how you want to use your time for studying, reading, and recreating. Try a given schedule for a week or two and readjust if you think it is called-for.