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Time Management (5 of 5)

April 23, 2010

Time Management – 5 part course!

Let’s get started with the final course “Stop the Cramming”.

  1. Part 1 – Time is On Your Side.
  2. Part 2 – Your Planner is Your Friend.
  3. Part 3 – Time Management 101.
  4. Part 4 – I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow.
  5. Part 5 – Stop The Cramming!

Part  5 – Stop the Cramming

Many people don’t dedicate the right amount of time toward maximizing their work efforts.  As we mentioned before, cramming and pulling “all-nighters” is still a fact of life on most college campuses as well as work areas.  These types of sessions increase stress levels and don’t always lead to the best performances.

Learning how to study can be the best way to manage your time and leave a little left over for some parties and/or relaxation.  Here are some tips to consider:

1. Identify your “Best Time” for Studying/Working: Everyone has high and low periods of attention and concentration. Are you a “morning person” or a “night person”? Use your power times to study; use the down times for routines such as laundry and errands.

2. Concentrate on Difficult Subjects First: When you are fresh, you can process information more quickly and save time as a result.

3. Use Distributed Learning and Practice: Focus in shorter time blocks with short breaks between. This keeps you from getting fatigued and “wasting time.” This type of working is efficient because while you are taking a break, the brain is still processing the information.

4. Make Sure the Surroundings are Conducive to Working: This will allow you to reduce distractions which can “waste time.” If there are times in the residence halls or your apartment when you know there will be noise and commotion, use that time for mindless tasks.

5. Make Room for Entertainment and Relaxation: Work is more than studying and focusing. You need to have a social life, yet, you need to have a balance in your life.

6. Make Sure you Have Time to Sleep and Eat Properly: Sleep is often an activity (or lack of activity) that people use as their time management “bank.” When they need a few extra hours for work or socializing, they withdraw a few hours of sleep. Doing this makes the time they spend working less effective because they will need a couple hours of clock time to get an hour of productive time. This is not a good way to manage yourself in relation to time.

This concludes our 5 part ecourse on Time Managenemt.

I hope you have found a few ideas helpful and useful.

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