Helpful hints for managing time
- Begin as early as possible.
- Take time to plan.
- Draw up a weekly schedule of activities with daily
- Set time limits for tasks and stick to them.
- Be realistic about the time you have. You can't fit a quart
into a pint pot!
- Keep plans and schedules in one visible and accessible
- Prepare for work by having all you need at hand.
- Make sure you know exactly what you're meant to be doing and
ask for clarification where necessary.
- When your goal is clear, do something about it straight
- Be specific about your tasks: rather than saying 'Read', say
'Read Chapter 2 of XX'.
Prioritising and organising
- Concentrate on the most important work.
- Don't put off important but unpleasant or difficult work.
- Do one thing at a time, while keeping an overview of the next
- Avoid interrupting yourself: jot down a suddenly remembered
idea for attention later.
- Do jobs of a similar type in sequence.
- Fix definite times when you don't want to be disturbed, and
tell other people when these are; say 'no' if people try to
distract you while you're working.
- Split work into small units so that progress is visible.
- Work in an environment where you feel comfortable.
- Try to complete at least one major task per day.
- Attend to minor things when you can't cope with anything
- Do things adequately well, rather than aiming for perfection;
if time permits you can always go back and improve.
- Address any issues – eg lack of motivation or anxiety – that
make it difficult for you to use your time effectively. Find out
how to overcome
Rest and relaxation
- Allow definite times for routine matters.
- Rest and relax before it becomes necessary.
- Arrange breaks at times when you work less efficiently.
- Don't try to study for too long at a stretch. Aim for 50
minutes, then a 10-minute break; with blocks of no more than 3 x 50
minutes. Plan for a maximum of 6 x 50 minutes
sessions per day.