Tips on how to manage your time
These days, time seems to be at a premium. We have devices that keep us constantly connected with work, with friends and family, and sometimes even with complete strangers.
As a result, it is easy to get distracted.
If you're like most of us, you have a lot to accomplish.
We'll show you a great way to do just that!
- Concentrate on what you are doing. Do not let your focus to get lost. Your brain cannot work simultaneously. First complete that task that you have already started, and then move on to the next task.
- Keep distractions like iPads and your cell phones away from you.
- Don't "spread yourself too thin" by overwhelming your day with an unrealistic schedule that would be difficult to accomplish.
- Do what you can. Do not rush.
- Take advantage of all the small gaps of time that tend to go wasted during the day. Whether it's the 15 minutes you have between class and lunch, or the twenty minutes from when you wake up in the morning to when your kids wake up, use those spare minutes to accomplish something, because little increments of time add up.
- Set your own rules to measure your achievement per time intervals.
- Do a task beginning to end. You know those "I deserve a cookie!" moments? those are good. set way-points, and each time you reach one, reward yourself with something that takes little time, and if to be done during the project, little concentration.
- Be flexible and relax. Allow for the unexpected in life. Other things may take precedence over a rigid and methodical routine. With most unusual circumstances, it may take no more than an hour or a few days to return to your usual schedule.
- Beware the Pareto Principle. One of the greatest time wasters is spending 95% of one's time on 5% of the tasks needed to be completed. The assumption is that this is a reality because the 5% seem to be the most profitable. This is not always the case.
- Set aside the concept of "everything has to be done yesterday" in order to create realistic priorities.
- A good thing to do is to do your homework that day you get it; that way you won't be dragging it until the deadline and you won't be rushing around trying to get it done.
- Allow a brief interval between tasks for random happenstances—a phone call, a sudden craving for yogurt, for you telecommuters, or for popping that roast in the oven.
- Pick subjects and not verbs. List ideas and allot time per subject.
- Do not focus all your time on video and other electronics.
- Managing your time can be as simple as scrawling the day's tasks on a piece of paper, or as complex as a spreadsheet with linked tables and calendars. The supplies you need will be dictated by the method you choose.
- Keep track of your productive time with a chess clock. Set up a more realistic schedule once you understand the actual time it takes to complete a task. Just knowing that a certain task will take no more than a half hour will motivate you to complete it.
- Remember, you can't adjust your time accurately. Some unexpected events might come up randomly, so, try to concentrate on tasks achieving, not on the time required .
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