Proper time management is such an important skill to have. Being on time and learning to manage your preparation time is vital in avoiding those major last minute panics.
It is a skill that’s needed throughout your degree and long after, so we have put together some helpful tips to keep you timely and calm!
Everybody plans differently. I make huge lists of everything I need to remember. Many people make spider diagrams or have diaries full of notes. Figure out what works best for you and jot it down somewhere. ‘Notes’ on your phone is your best friend if you have ideas and epiphanies at very random times.
When making a plan, make sure you have all necessary components accounted for. If you have multiple events or plans with all different people throughout the week, make sure to take into account the days, times, how long you expect it to go for, and even travel time to and from the appointment.
Use an Organiser
Calendars or diaries are a fundamental part of keeping on time. Not only does it help you figure out exactly how much time you have, but it keeps the things you often forget about in the loop. Sometimes you can get so focused on work you forget about a birthday party or an appointment. If you keep it all in the same calendar, you can easily plan around important events like these.
So, utilise the Calendar on your emails, set calendar reminders and alarms to remind yourself of appointments. You can even go old school and have a calendar stuck up on your wall, but make sure it’s in a place that you know will draw your attention, or a spot you know you have to look at every day.
Know your deadlines
Make sure you know every deadline. This can help you plan and prioritise. Set yourself deadlines as well; the deadline to have all of your research completed, the deadline for your first draft, and then when your final piece is due. It is always easier to meet short-term goals first, so splitting each section of your work up with these deadlines will help you with achieving your overall project or goal more seamlessly.
As much as reorganising your desk may seem important at the time, trust us, it’s not. Write a list of everything you need to do and number them for importance. Tick them off as you go along – you know what they say; don’t cross them off, ticking is more satisfying and will make you feel like you have achieved more!
Leave Time to Procrastinate
Because you will. It’s inevitable. So instead of setting a 20 hour block to work, realise you need breaks and plan them in. Don’t just sit on Facebook though, take a walk outside, readjust your settings and reset your working mind.
Learn to say ‘No’.
Sometimes you just don’t have time. Again, you need to prioritise. If it is very important, then by all means say yes, but learn to say no to the things you realistically don’t have time for in your schedule.
Buy a watch.
Who needs a watch these days? We all have our phones for the time? But if you know that sometimes time just gets away from you, keep it somewhere very visible – right on your sleeve. Fitbits can be quite handy, they have both a clock and a heart rate monitor, so you can see what time it is and how close you are to cardiac arrest from all the stress, with just a click of a button.
Nobody wants to hire a late and unprepared employee. So take a deep breath, get ready and get planning.
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