Time-Management Top Tips
Create A Daily Plan
Whether you’re a list person, a notes person or a jot it down in your phone person, ensuring you have a plan for what you need to get done in a day is key.
Order Your To-Do-Lists
Categorise what you need to get done under: Quick 5 minute tasks and Big Tasks. Try to get at least one big task and 5 smaller ones done a day. Don’t be tempted to do quick small tasks all day just so it looks like you’ve done more!
Give Each Task A Time Limit
For those longer tasks that you know could take hours, give yourself a time limit for how long you’re going to spend on it. This stops you from spending hours and hours on the same thing.
Learn to say NO
This one is super important. No matter how much of a good impression you want to make, sometimes you have to say no. Don’t pile too much on yourself or you will burn out. It is absolutely fine to say no to some things, just be polite!
Block Out Distractions
Anyone else get distracted by social media for hours on end? If you have a lot to do, put that phone away. Downloading apps like Flora that lock your phone for an hour or giving it to a family member can force you to concentrate.
Know Your Deadlines
If you have any important deadlines coming up make sure these are written down somewhere you can see them easily. Knowing when deadlines are can make you work more efficiently and ensure you are never late to hand something in.
If you are in a situation where you can delegate work to others, do it! Sometimes you can’t tackle everything by yourself and delegating tasks that don’t require your personal completion can be an easy way to shrink your to-do-list.
Get Into A Routine
Whether you are revising, working, doing household chores or anything between, get into a routine and make sure those around you know what that is. Know that from 8:30-11:30 you are going to work and then break for lunch gives you something to look forward to.
Set Yourself Challenges
Look at your to-do-list and challenge yourself to get a certain amount of things ticked off by lunch. Sometimes some healthy competition can leave you motivated and ready to face the day.
Get Enough Sleep
No matter how effective your time-management plan is you are never going to succeed if you’re burnt out. Sleep is so important, prioritise it!
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