What is time management?
It is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you use your time to accomplish what you want.
Why is time management important?
Time management is important for your personal life and career success. It teaches you how to manage your time effectively and make the most of it.
Here are a few of the reasons why it is so important, and how it can help you use and manage your time more advantageously:
1. Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. Time not well used cannot be retrieved.
2. Most people, feel like they have too much to do and not enough time. They blame lack of time for their poor finances, stress, bad relationships, and for not exercising their body.
Wise time management can help you find the time for what you desire, and for what you need to do.
3. You need time to get what you want out of life. If you wait for extra time to appear, you might lose the game of life. Through right time management, you can “create” the time you need, and not just wait for it to come. By planning your time wisely, you will have more time to do more things.
4. Time management will help you set up your priorities.
5. Time is limited to 24 hours a day, so plan your life wisely.
6. Time management helps you make conscious choices, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you.
7. You can learn to find the time for the things that are important to you. Even a small amount of time once a day, or even once a week, will take you closer to your goals, and you will be surprised at the progress you make.
8. You become more productive using improved time management skills and tools, and can accomplish more with less effort and time. Time management can help you reduce wasted time and energy, help you become more creative and productive, and enable you to do the right thing at the right time. This will of course lead to more balance and fulfillment in your life.
9. Life today presents so many distractions, and therefore, it is very easy to lose time on unimportant activities. Ask yourself, is watching this or that TV program, reading this or that gossip or participating in a certain activity is going to add anything to your life. Is the time spent on a particular activity well spent, or is just a waste of time and energy?
10. Life puts in front of everyone so many choices each day, and the question is, do you follow what appears on your way, or do you consciously choose what you want to do? Do you allow external distractions to deter you from your goal, or do you use willpower and self discipline to walk toward your goal in a straight line, without wasting time and energy?
11. A certain degree of detachment and inner peace are useful in managing your time effectively. They help you avoid spending too much emotional and mental energy on what people say and think about you. They help you stay calm, despite distractions or difficulties, and this saves you a lot of time and energy, which you can spend on better and more rewarding activities.
There are many things you can do and tools to use to manage your time effectively. There is a lot of time wasted each day, which can be put to better uses. There are changes you can make, which will effectively increase the time you have at your disposal every day.
Thinking, planning, finding out how others manage their time, and reading books and articles on time management, will develop these skills and give you good ideas.
Among the many changes that you can make to manage your time, there is one that is important and easily available, and that is getting up early in the morning. Give up watching TV late at night and go to sleep a little earlier than usual. It will then be easier to wake up earlier.
Even waking up only 15 minutes earlier would be great. It is a time of quietude, before everyone else wakes up, which you can devote to reading, meditating, exercising, or planning your day.
To get rid of the feeling that you have much to do and not enough time, try to feel and to think, as if you have all the time in the world.
This kind of thinking would enable you to focus on what you are doing, without stress and strain.
Always plan your time well and don’t waste it on useless matters. Be careful not to procrastinate, and do everything in the best way you can, with focus and attention.
Don’t have enough time in your day? Do you want to learn how to manage your time? Learning about time management can help you manage your time more efficiently.
Developing some willpower and self-discipline will make it much easier to be in control of your time.
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Time Management in College: How to Have Time for Everything
We all started college with the clear expectation to have the best time of our lives.
Of course we were ready to study and complete different assignments, but we didn’t expect them to occupy our entire time.
Here is the most important question on every student’s mind: “How do I write every single essay, get ready for the exams, and have fun at the same time?”
Maybe you think that’s an impossible mission, but the answer to that question is pretty simple: effective time management.
When you start organizing your life according to a particular system, you’ll achieve a whole new level of productivity.
Here are some tips that will help you do that.
1) Use time-saving apps
If you have to handle too many tasks in a single day, you need to start using some apps that will make multitasking easy. Here are some suggestions:
When you use so many apps and services, it’s easy to spend a great deal of time with them. The initial purpose of this service is to connect the different online services you’re using. For instance, IFTTT can post your tweets as Facebook statuses, and it can automatically share your Instagram photos to Twitter and Facebook.
However, IFTTT is much more than it initially seems. Think about it: the app can light up the room for you at sunset, set the coffee machine to prepare a good-morning coffee, tell your friends where you are, and keep your family updated when you’re heading for home.
You locate an awesome online resource that can help you complete an assignment? Your bookmarks tab is already full of icons, so you can easily forget about the source before you start working on the task. Thanks to Pocket, you can save all that content and access it even when you’re offline.
2) Plan your time
Let’s say you plan to spend five hours of your day in classes, three hours studying, two hours writing assignments, and have your well-deserved rest after that. You may have a plan in your head but, if you don’t put it in writing, you’ll easily get distracted.
Here are some apps you can use for that purpose:
Are you still using daily planners and post-it notes to keep track of your tasks and ideas? It’s time to abandon that practice since you can easily lose the paper. With Clear, you’ll be able to keep track of all daily tasks in a simple app. Clear allows you to set priorities in your daily lists, thanks to the color-coding system that indicates their urgency.
Remember the Milk
This is one of the simple apps that let you create daily lists of tasks. You can easily add new to-dos, and you’ll never forget an important task or deadline because the app will send a reminder via IM, email, text, or Twitter.
3) Start working on your assignments as soon as possible
When you have to study for the upcoming exams, the last thing you need is yet another research paper, essay, book review, or another type of assignment your professors request.
Some students decide to outsource when they encounter such difficulties, but you have to admit that such practices are unethical.
Really smart and organized students, on the other hand, start working on their assignments as soon as they get the instructions.
Be honest: your professors probably didn’t give you instructions for the term paper just before exam week, did they? You know the requirements and submission dates for complex projects a few weeks or even months before the deadline, so you can organize your time without feeling any pressure.
Use your Google Calendar and mark the due date with red. Then, plan how much time you’ll need to get that assignment done, and organize the workload in stages.
Start with the research process as soon as you possible, develop an outline, and then start writing at least one page per day. You won’t even feel the stress that usually comes hand in hand with the writing process.
4) Get some sleep!
Continuous lack of sleep is a serious cause of stress. You think you’ll achieve more when you sleep less, but things are not that simple.
When you don’t get enough rest, your body stops responding efficiently to new information, and you feel the fatigue and tension in all muscles as well.
You have to sleep for at least seven hours a day if you want to maintain your mind and body as fresh as possible.
See our page: The Importance of Sleep for more information.
5) Take notes during class
How are you using your time during lectures? Are you listening to everything the professor says, or are you talking to your friends or playing games on your phone?
When you do your best to listen and learn during class, you’ll need much less time to complete the papers and get ready for the exams, since you’ll already have a solid base of information in your head.
Write down all important points your professor emphasizes. You can use a plain notebook (see our page on Note-Taking for some tips) or a note-taking app (like Evernote) on your tablet to do that.
6) Learn how to say NO
Your friends ask you to go to the movies, but the due date for an important term paper is tomorrow?
You know you won’t be able to write anything if you go out, since you’ll go to have few drinks after the movie. In some situations, you’ll need to say no. Your professor won’t extend the deadline for the term paper, but you can certainly go to the movies and have fun the next day.
You may find our further reading on Assertiveness Skills useful.
7) Discover your rhythm
You can’t change the class schedule and you’ll have to attend classes at a particular time of day, but you have the flexibility to deal with the rest of your time as it works best for you.
If, for example, you notice that you’re doing your best work in the mornings, you can start waking up really early, do a short exercise routine, have a coffee, and do some studying before you head off to class.
If you’re a night person, then you can have a nap after classes, spend some time with your friends during the day, and leave the night for studying and completing papers. Everyone’s productivity peaks at different times of the day.
When you discover your own rhythm, it will be easy for you to organize your time around it.
8) Isolate yourself during midterms and finals
You’ll have your life back as soon as exam week is over. During midterms and finals, you have to isolate yourself from your friends, family, social media, forums, and anything else that distracts you from the really important things. No time-management technique will help you to get space for those things during survival time.
Commit yourself to studying and let everyone know finals are coming. Then, organize your time in a way that allows you to leave enough space for each subject. Once you go through this stressful period with success, you’ll be free to have as much fun as you want.
You’re the Boss of Your Own Time!
This is the most important thing to remember: you can have time for everything in college. You don’t have to sacrifice your studies for the sake of having friends, and you don’t have to eliminate your social life if you want to have good grades. If you follow the tips above, you’ll notice that you can do much more in those 24 hours you get in a day.
About the Author
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She has recently graduated college. She is planning to launch her blog, so now she is getting experience in digital writing sphere. Her hobbies include playing tennis, reading and handicraft.